Staff Team – The Connected Hub

Kate Schofield
Head of School
Jo Edge
Maths Teacher

I began working at The Connected Hub in 2016. I absolutely love working here and feel privileged to be part of such a kind, committed, student focused, awesome team. We work together to support students through year 11 to find a pathway that is right for them when they leave and embark on their next ventures.  In my spare time I enjoy walking with my daughter and our dog, bike riding, listening to tunes, socialising with my friends and family, playing chess, backgammon and card games and going on adventures in my campervan.

Guy Williams
Literacy/Numeracy Teacher

I started teaching at The Connected Hub in 2016 after thirty-four years in mainstream schools. I have a BA in Cultural Studies and an MA in Drama in Education. I love working at The Hub. I can honestly say it is the best place I have ever worked. The staff are brilliant and it is just so lovely working with young people who really want to make the most of their GCSE year. I moved to Brighton in 2003 and have three teenage children. I have two step-children who live in Australia with my beautiful wife.

Viv Papier
English Teacher

I first moved to Brighton from London in order to study English and History at Sussex University and liked it so much I stayed. In the years between obtaining my undergraduate degree and my PGCE/QTS I worked in various fields including content writing and nursery work and also received my NCTJ diploma in journalism. The Connected Hub is dramatically different to anywhere I have worked or taught before; the teaching and learning environment here is a very special one and I feel privileged to be a part of it. In my spare time I enjoy writing, painting, cooking and Thai-boxing.

Del Woodward
Teaching Assistant

I have worked as the English TA at The Connected Hub since 2015 and have previously worked in one other school. I am currently studying with The Open University with a view to teach once I have graduated. I love working at The Connected Hub, sharing my passion for English language and literature and working alongside a brilliant team and amazing students. Outside of school I enjoy cooking, reading, playing video games and seeing friends.

Helen Murray
Teaching Assistant

I'm from Wales and have lived in Brighton since 2009. This is my fourth year at The Hub and it is easily the best place I have ever worked, I love the friendly atmosphere and working with a highly skilled team who care so much about supporting young people.

I have a BSc in Genetics and an interest in education. I enjoy reading, walking my dog, listening to punk music and playing the bass badly. I'm also trying to learn to speak German and Welsh.

Lex Butler
Teaching Assistant

I have a lifelong background working with children and young people in a variety of different settings, which began with being part of a fostering family. I have worked for children’s charities and local authorities in Reading, Hackney and Camden as a Playworker/Playleader in After School Clubs and Adventure Playground provisions. While my three children were young I ran Craft Clubs and Arts Awards clubs and I've also been a Childminder in Brighton; I became a TA when they all were all school age. I have a fine art degree and make art using video, photography and text.

Nick Marzetti
Teaching Assistant

I am a teaching assistant at The Connected Hub. I have previously worked for Scope, Brighton Council and a variety of warehouse jobs. I have a BA in Criminology from Nottingham Trent University. I grew up in London and Sussex and have lived in Brighton for the last eight years. In my spare time I enjoy reading, socialising and watching tv. I love my job at The Hub and it's the first job I have had where I am excited to come to work every day.

Becca Stadames
Teaching Assistant

I have worked as support staff in alternative provision schools around East Sussex for the past eight years and joined The Connected Hub in 2016. My previous roles within TCH were as Learning Mentor and deputy designated safeguarding lead.  Training for my role has included Mental Health First Aid training, supporting anxiety in schools and C-Card provision training. I am committed to supporting students with their social, emotional and mental health needs alongside supporting them to access their educational provision. I have recently graduated from The Open University with a BSc (Hons) Psychology and am currently studying for my Level 3 counselling skills. Out of work, I have an obsession with house plants, and love sea swimming!

Cordelia Millington
Careers Leader

I’ve been at The Connected Hub for nearly 21/2 years. There’s a wonderful atmosphere at TCH and everyone strives to do the best for the students. I enjoy helping to guide our students onto a post 16 pathway that is right for them.
I’ve worked in two other secondary schools and have over 14 years’ experience within CEIAG and Work Related Learning. I am soon to start my Level 6 Careers Guidance qualification with the Open University.
With the rest of the staff team, I endeavour to make a positive difference to our student’s lives.

Lucie Broadbent-Smith
Safeguarding Lead

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 also 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. Outside of school, 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.

Sam Barber
Finance/HR

I have worked at The Central Hub since July 2019, having worked within schools since 2008. I retrained in accountancy after I had my children but prior to this I was a lecturer at City College in Brighton. I have lived in Brighton for 15 years and live with my husband, 2 daughters and our dog. I really enjoy working at The Central Hub and with the wonderful, dedicated team of people doing the very best for our pupils.

Rebecca Mills
Receptionist/Administrator

I moved back to the UK at the beginning of 2020, having been living in Australia and New Zealand for the past 6 years.  I started working at The Connected Hub in July 2020.  I have always worked in administrative/receptionist roles, but this is my first position within a school setting.  I have enjoyed every day working at The Connected Hub, all the staff are so welcoming and friendly, it is such a lovely working environment to be in.

Laura Bossom
Teaching Assistant

As a Teaching Assistant at The Connected Hub, I look forward to offering 1:1 support for students who enjoy learning in an alternative way. With a love for creativity, I completed my BA in Design from Goldsmiths University. Previously I have worked with a range of students including internationals who visit the UK to learn English, running workshops Secondary Schools teaching art and sustainable design to finally working with Primary School children as a Nanny. Now I am excited to gain new experiences as a proud staff member of the CHB collection.