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 two Co-Principals 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


Nicola Piper – Advisory Governor

Nicola has spent over 30 years working in the local business sector, co-director with her husband of their own consultancy company.  She is parent of two students in Buckswood and has served as a governor at other local schools during her children’s education. Nicola has also mentored and supported students and young people in the workplace.


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.


Julie Reece – Advisory Governor

As a parent I have been connected to Buckswood School for eight years and have always supported the school, it’s ethos and it’s various initiatives.  I am committed to the school in my role as a governor because I have watched my own children thrive within Buckswood’s multicultural environment and believe in ‘the Buckswood difference’.

I am currently the Principal of a local primary academy and have been in education for thirty years.  I have extensive experience of leadership within a number of schools, including governorship which has given me a strong strategic and practical understanding of accountability and all aspects of learning, safeguarding and pupil welfare.  I am experienced in coordinating and working as part of, a team and contribute to various committees and boards within the education sector.

I have experience of training, coaching and mentoring adults in different aspects of the curriculum and have used this to develop effective teams.


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. As well as Clerk to the Advisory Board, Anne is also the schools Safeguarding Officer and Deputy DSL.

School Director

Giles Sutton
01424 813 813

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…

ISI Inspection Reports

ISI Inspection Report 2019