Head of School
I have worked in Brighton and Hove since 1997 and am proud to be Head of School at the Central Hub PRU. I work with a dedicated team of professionals who strive to improve the education and lives of our students. I was originally a mainstream music teacher before moving into specialist educational settings, and play music regularly in a variety of bands.
More recently I focused on PSHE and Food Technology as a teacher, with the occasional PE and activities session thrown in to keep my joints moving. I have a partner, a son and a dog – Coco, who comes to school every day to hear children read, support learning and be taken for walks.
Head of KS3
I joined Central Hub in November 2019 and am very proud to be leading the dedicated, supportive and motivated group of professionals that make up the Key Stage 3 Team.
I am Brighton born and bred. I studied for my first degree in English (with Education), gained qualified teacher status in my PGCE year (Secondary English 11-18) and later went on to study for a Masters Degree in Education (with a focus on supporting safer internet use for learners with SEND) all at the University of Sussex.
I began my journey in education 16 years ago, first as a volunteer, then as a TA and was assessed by the TDA as a Higher-Level Teaching Assistant before qualifying to teach. I have worked in both mainstream and special schools and colleges across Sussex, including 2 years as an Advanced Practitioner and Programme Manager for Foundation Learning and Supported Internships at Plumpton College.
At home I enjoy cooking and making and decorating celebration cakes. I also enjoy sewing, gardening and walking my dog. But my favourite thing of all is spending time with my family, especially my six wonderful grandchildren.
I am Coco and have worked at the Connected PRU since I was four months old. I am a Labradoodle and my role in the school is to work with students to help them read, cuddle them when they need a friend and be taken for walks.
I also try to help the staff with their learning and keep the Head of School happy (this is the hardest job).
I am especially good at tail wagging and begging for food. Most of the students are well trained and don’t feed me however some of the staff are soft touches, especially around key stage 4.
I love being at the PRU and often refuse to leave at the end of the day.
I moved from Watford to Brighton to study many years ago - I couldn’t imagine not living by the sea now. I started my career as a primary school teacher, but since my first post at St Luke’s Junior school, I have always worked in alternative education, in schools across Brighton and East Sussex - it’s much more fun!
I have taught a variety of subjects across a number of sites for Central Hub Brighton, and got involved in a range of fantastic activities that I can’t believe I get paid for including dressing up, digging ponds, overnight camps, minibus trips, bike rides mural painting ,charity sports days and so much more. Currently I am loving being based at Dyke Road teaching maths and science to our KS3 students.
I am lucky enough to be able to cycle to work which I enjoy and helps keep me fit.
I joined the Central Hub in 2016. I feel privileged to be part of the fantastic KS3 PRU team and love working alongside both the students and staff in our dedicated and caring setting.
After working as a HLTA in Newcastle, I gained Qualified Teacher Status in 2007 at Leeds University. I have taught both Primary and Secondary pupils and worked in a variety of settings including Independent, Mainstream and Special schools, also spending 3 years as a department Head of English. I have a steadfast commitment to education underpinned by the belief that opportunity should be matched to all children and this is another reason I love working at CHB PRU.
I love to run, read and ride my bike without falling off. I have an interest in boxing and like to attempt some simple song writing from time to time. However, I most enjoy spending time with my wife and two young daughters; seeing the world through my children’s eyes.
I have worked in B&H schools for 23 years, in a variety of roles in KS3 and 4, primarily as a TA, but previously as part of the ACE behaviour support team. I helped set up an inclusion unit at Blatchington Mill School. I have always been committed to supporting young people achieve a fresh start in education.
I have extensive experience in reintegration planning, having worked alongside many of the city’s schools and families to support learners in their successful return to mainstream education.
I have training in Family Support, Youth Counselling and as a Restorative Justice facilitator.
I am especially interested in the ‘Skills to Succeed’ aspects of our curriculum and supporting all areas of social and emotional development. My areas of expertise are Anger Management strategies and Resilience building.
I love to travel and enjoy spending time with family and friends. I have two adult children and two grandchildren.
I work at the Dyke Road PRU two days a week and I offer weekly sessions to everyone during their time at the PRU. My sessions are private and confidential and students can talk, make art, or play games.
I work for the YMCA and I have worked with children and young people for over 15 years. I have a Masters in Art Therapy and I enjoy using creative activities to help people think about things that might be worrying them.
I started at The Central Hub in 2019 and haven't looked back! I have worked, and lived with young people with additional support needs my whole life, so working at The Central Hub feels very natural. I was previously employed as a Teaching Assistant at Downs View Hollingdean School (formerly Cedar Centre) and I was a Play Assistant at The Brighton Pebbles Charity before that. I love working at The Central Hub for three main reasons: our very caring and committed team, the holistic and bespoke nature of our programme and the opportunity to re-engage young people with their education.
Keira Pearse watkins
You will find me in the office at our KS3 site in Dyke Road. I answer the telephones, so you will likely be speaking with me if you call the school. I complete the register, arrange school lunches, type letters and help to arrange any offsite activities our pupils participate in. If there is anything I can help you with or if you have any questions, I am always happy to assist!
Staff Team – Central Hub Brighton
I have held pastoral roles in schools for over 10 years, focusing on attendance, behaviour and safeguarding. I have a BA Hons in Art and Music and qualifications in Counselling and Art Therapy. I taught Art at The Connected Hub for over five years. In September 2019 I became the Safeguarding Lead, supporting the whole staff across the Central Hub Brighton. Before working in schools my roles included community event manager, youth leader and art workshop facilitator. I sing backing vocals for a covers band and love spending time gardening. I enjoy my commute over the downs, as I live outside Brighton.
Senior School Business Manager
I have worked in Special Schools since 2007 starting at Patcham House School. During my time there I undertook three qualifications to become a School Business Manager. I started working at the PRU as Business & Commissioning Manager in 2012. In 2015 I was seconded to Homewood College for two days per week for six months and then in 2016 to the CDP Federation of Special Schools two days per week. In November 2018 I became Senior School Business Manager for the merged Central Hub Brighton. I really enjoy my job and find supporting our children and young people very rewarding.
I live with my partner and two daughters, my mother also lives with us. I have two dogs, Dexter and Percy. I enjoy walks with my dogs and reading.
I have been working for CHB for over 15 years and responsible for keeping the schools IT systems working to support the teaching and administration of CHB across all sites. In my spare time I enjoy running, cycling and swimming as well as watching Brighton and Hove Albion