Staff Team – The Connected Hub

Kate Schofield
Head of School

I was delighted to return to my role as Head of School in May 2021 having joined the Connected Hub in 2014 as a teacher and worked at other CHB sites. It is a pleasure to work with students who want to make the most of Year 11. I have met so many interesting characters and it is great to know that students leave here having re engaged with education and ready to take their next steps into college or apprenticeships. I am originally a teacher of food and nutrition and after my first degree I studied for an MA in Education at Sussex University. I feel privileged to work with and now lead the incredibly dedicated and determined staff team at the Connected Hub. Prior to the Hub I have worked in six different schools, three of them in Brighton and Hove and three in the south west of England. Being at the Connected Hub is by far the most rewarding job of them all.

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
Pastoral 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

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

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.

Maddie Cook
Science Teacher

I began at the connected hub in 2021 after 7 years in mainstream and special educational needs schools. I feel so lucky to be a part of the unique type of education happening at the hub, the staff are so supportive and kind and the students are great fun to work with. I am so glad I found a place where everyone is given a voice and that we are helping the year 11s make the most of their GCSE year. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and son, keeping fit gym glasses, running, ski-ing (when I can!), baking cakes and seeing my friends. 

Isobel Aylmer
Teaching Assistant

I started working at The Connected Hub in 2021 as a Teaching Assistant after finishing my degree in Psychology in Bournemouth. Right from the start I have loved working at the Hub and found it a very welcoming space, with all staff really caring about each student. It’s been refreshing to work in a school environment that not only cares about the academic success of each student but also their well-being and personal success. When I am not at work, I love being down by the beach and sea swimming, and especially since being in Brighton I have spent a lot of time watching the murmuration.

Katie Lewis
Art Teacher
I first joined the Connected Hub as a supply teacher four years ago and began teaching Art one day a week in 2019. It has been an absolute pleasure to join the team four days a week from September 2020 to teach Art and Food. It's brilliant to be able to teach the two creative subjects that I feel passionate about. I love to see young people express themselves through cooking and sharing food, as well as working with students who have chosen Art as an option to channel their imagination and talents.
Outside of school, I enjoy restoring furniture and doing even more cooking! I also spend lots of time striding out on the Downs with my two dogs.