Staff Team – KS3

Tim Self
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.  

Penny Langridge
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 began my journey in education 16 years ago, and since then 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 in a local Further Education provision.
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.

School Dog

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.

Tracey Tulley
Teaching Assistant

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.

Mark Braithwaite
English/Humanities Teacher

The educational philosophy at the foundation of my teaching practice can be succinctly distilled by a short quote from Samuel Beckett: “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Simply put, only in being prepared to fail can one truly make progress.

I feel enormously privileged each day to have the opportunity of working with young people to provide them with emotional support and moral guidance and ensure each young person I work with can become a flourishing, contributing and valued member of their local community, possessing a true sense of personal agency.
Caolan Fitzsimmons
Teaching Assistant

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.

Kelly Mitchel
Teaching Assistant
I’m a mum of two beautiful daughters, I live in Brighton and I’ve been working with children and young people for over 17 years in various different settings. I have taught English to speakers of other languages in Cambodia, managed a residential therapeutic children’s home and re-developed an inclusion unit within a mainstream school. Equality and inclusion and working restoratively and therapeutically are at the heart of my practice. Supporting the amazing young people that walk through our doors is what brings me into work each day and into a role that I love!
Will Francis
Teaching Assisstant
I started at the CHB near the start of 2023 and have enjoyed every minute of it. Helping young people rediscover the joy of education and facilitating their fresh start into schools is an extremely rewarding process and why I love what I do. I have worked with young people in many different roles, including as a tutor with Totally Sound Edinburgh, work at a music university, supply and cover work with Teaching Personal and at Homewood College. Additionally I have written educational content for Universities and for the learning app Bedrock, focusing on student engagement outside of the standard curriculum. I have taught guitar privately for around 10 years and as a musician have played numerous events and functions. I have a Master’s degree in music education, which entailed delivering classes. In my spare time, I live with my partner and enjoy hiking, jazz, films and nature.
Naomi Sampey

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!

Pip Musker

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.

Staff Team – Central Hub Brighton

Karen Prout
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.

Gavin Thorp
IT Manager
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