Buckswood is a proprietorial school, with the Director of the proprietorial company (Mr. Sutton) having oversight of the school. He is advised by the members of the Advisory Governing Board (AGB) who provide checks and balances in helping to ensure that the school continues to grow and provides a safe and challenging environment for the students. The AGB meets regularly to monitor the school and provide support and guidance to the School Director.

Responsibility for the day to day operation of the school is undertaken by the Principal and Academic Principal and the Senior Management Team (SMT). The SMT meets regularly and reports to the School Director and AGB. There are various other committees which meet regularly and report to the SMT to triangulate information and ensure that student progress and behaviour is being appropriately managed. The student council also meets to discuss aspects of school life and provide input on the future direction of the school.

Buckswood School Advisory Governing Board

To contact the schools advisory Governing body please do so in writing to the following address :

Anne Jeffery – Clerk to the Advisory Board
Buckswood School
Rye Road
TN35 4LT

Email : clerktothegovernors@buckswood.co.uk


Laurence Walker – Advisory Governor

Born and educated in New Zealand, Laurence lives in Hastings and has had an Architectural Design & Build business in Hastings for over 15 years. The business also engages in planning & project management & development services. In this capacity Laurence has been engaged and associated with Buckswood School since 2004.

Laurence and his wife have two daughters, both living in East Sussex and both with growing families of their own. Laurence has a life-long interest in education, travel, the arts and all things architectural.

Ian Mowat

Ian Mowat – Advisory Governor

Ian has recently retired from a career as a teacher including ten years at Buckswood where he established the IB and headed the Business/Economics dept. Teaching was preceded by a successful 20 year Business career in Operations management within the printing industry following graduate recruitment by Unilever.

Over the years in his adopted town of Tenterden he has been chair of the junior school governors, Mayor and leisure centre trustee.

Justin Spanswick

Justin Spanswick BSc(Hons) PGCE NPQH – Independent Safeguarding Advisor

Justin has worked for 25 years in schools, with 15 years as a senior leader. His roles have included Headteacher at junior level where he led significant change in the academic curriculum, Deputy Headteacher (pastoral) at secondary level, and he has just finished his fourth year as an Executive Headteacher, responsible for over 1000 pupils. Justin specialises in all safeguarding matters, school leadership, and compliance. He works with his local authority chairing their Quality and Effectiveness of Safeguarding boards, and he consults for a national social care scrutineering group. Having worked as both a Compliance and Team Inspector, Justin is now a Reporting Inspector for ISI.

ian white

Ian White – Advisory Governor 

Ian was educated in Folkestone, Kent, where he studied Law Business and Finance. Ian now lives in St Leonards-on-Sea and he and his wife have 2 daughters both living in the Hastings area.

Ian is the current Managing Director of the Horizon Group of Companies, which is a business finance and development boutique of companies which includes a corporate finance house for which Ian has served as a director for over 20 years.

Ian has  a passion for developing business and has been involved with Buckswood for a number of years and has a lifelong interest in business, supporting students as well as an interest in the performing arts.

School Director

Giles Sutton
01424 813 813


Anne Jeffery – Clerk to the Advisory Board

Anne has worked in Education since 1999 and has held various roles including PA to the Deputy Principal at Rye College and PA to the Principal at Rye Studio School. Anne has also been Clerk to the Governors at St Thomas CE Aided Primary School in Winchelsea and Rye College. She has worked for Buckswood School since 2017, as well as Clerk to the Advisory Board, Anne is also the Schools Attendance Officer.

Accreditations and Inspections

Buckswood school is registered with the Department for Education in the United Kingdom,  is a fully Accredited Member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and a Regular Member of European Council of International Schools (ECIS). Buckswood is also Accredited Cambridge International Exams Centre for PET and KET IGCSE and A Level Courses.



Parents Report

At Buckswood we value the views and opinions of our parents more than any other. They are the group that have made the biggest investment in the school and we feel that as valued members of the Buckswood family they are more than qualified to give you an honest account of the ‘Buckswood Difference’ and what it really means to them…

IB evaluation reports

IB evaluation report 2022 (191.84 KB :: pdf)