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

Ian Mowat

Ian Mowat – Chair of AGB

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.


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.

Wendy Martin – Independent Safeguarding Advisor

Wendy Martin has been in education for over 35 years working her way up from classroom teacher through various middle manager roles to senior management and eventually headship. She has worked in both the state sector and the independent sector and led both senior and primary schools. For the last 20 years she has also been a schools inspector, inspecting for both Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate.(ISI)

After retiring from Headship 3 years ago she now supports schools as an  educational consultant whilst continuing to inspect both state and independent schools.

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.

Julie Reece – Advisory Governor 

I am passionate about supporting young people in accessing high-quality education and I have worked in this field for over 30 years, as both a teacher and a leader.  I have extensive experience of statutory school systems, safeguarding and school improvement issues and have worked in advisory and supportive roles within a range of schools.  As a previous parent of Buckswood students, I understand, and have been fully committed to, the school’s vision and ethos over many years and I have seen first-hand how students at Buckswood can thrive in this international community.  As a member of the Advisory Governing Body, I use my breadth of knowledge and experience to support and challenge leaders in their roles, as well as to support and celebrate the school’s provision and many successes.

Catherine Bune – Advisory Governor

Having worked in preschool education for the last 16 years I am passionate about bringing the best out in children and finding their hidden talents and qualities from a young age.

I have relevant qualifications in childcare including safeguarding and paediatric first aid and am also a licensed chaperone.

I am a parent of three children, two currently attend Buckswood and love the international community and family atmosphere and the other one who recently left Buckswood achieving excellent grades.

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)