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Hove Junior School

Portland Road & Holland Road

"There is strong evidence of good systemic leadership and an aspirational culture, supporting strong outcomes for pupils and in raising standards for disadvantaged and SEND pupils" - Ofsted, February 2020

Senior Leadership Team


Maddie Southern - Executive Headteacher 

It is a real privilege to be the Headteacher of Hove Junior School. It is a fabulous school –it’s greatest asset being our children who are highly motivated and enthusiastic and really involved in their learning. Our children have a strong sense of belonging and share common values of respect for and appreciation of each other through our ‘Working With Others’ approach to learning. We have a talented and enthusiastic team of staff, of which I am proud to be a member.  Standards are high and most children make good or better progress from their starting points.

We had our last Ofsted inspection in February 2020 and Ofsted confirmed that we continue to be a ‘good’ school.                                


Portland Road

Rachel Jeffers – Deputy Head of School

I joined Hove Juniors at the Portland Road site in September 2015 as the year 6-year leader and spent four years working there. In September 2019 I moved to the Holland Road site and worked as an assistant headteacher, year leader and part time class teacher. I am really excited to be moving back to the Portland Road site this term and starting a new role as acting deputy head. I have a thorough understanding of both sites and am very passionate about the school's journey. During my career, I have been an assessment coordinator, strategic leader for English and year leader. Before working at Hove Juniors, I worked in Kent and taught across KS2. Hove Juniors has high standards of teaching and learning and is a fantastic school to work at. I am looking forward to the year ahead and continuing to drive improvements and outcomes for all pupils. 


Niamh O’Shea - Deputy Head of School

(on maternity leave)

I have worked as Year 3 Leader at Hove Juniors since September 2016.  Prior to this I worked in upper KS2 both in Years 5 and 6 in East Sussex.  I was initially attracted to Hove Junior School because of its determination to put children at the heart of all it does and ensure their learning opportunities are as exciting, inclusive and creative as possible. I am thrilled to take on the role of Curriculum Co-ordinator this year as it will allow me to develop this aim further, using pupil voice to drive child lead learning opportunities. Growing up in Berkshire and East Sussex, it was after studying both law and psychology that I volunteered as part of a reading project in local primary schools and found my passion for  working in education.  Year 3 is a wonderful year group to work with and we are very proud of how well the children transition from the infants and grow over their time with us. 


Keith Kelsey - Assistant Head

Having worked at Hove Juniors for the past three years as a year leader in both year 4 and 6, I was thrilled and excited to be offered the position of Assistant Head at the end of the last academic year. Since starting at Hove Juniors, I have been inspired by the creativity, and drive that is evident across the school that is focused on a children-centred approach to learning.

The experience that I hold, that will support me in my new role, is derived from 14 years of teaching experience as both a teaching assistant, a classroom teacher, subject co-ordinator and a year leader in Kennington, London. A key educational area of interest for me is behaviour and behaviour for learning and how that impacts on learning outcomes and well-being. I am excited and inspired by the new challenges that this new role and year holds and look forward to making the most of the opportunities ahead.   


Mandy Stewart - Inclusion Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead

I moved to Brighton with my family three years ago and have been lucky enough to have had a really varied teaching career, mainly in London.  I have led inclusion in schools in two London boroughs as well as leading three resourced provisions in mainstream schools supporting pupils with Autism, Speech, Language and Communication difficulties and have also been a Headteacher for thirteen years, which as well as being exciting and challenging, gave me the opportunity to view inclusion from another perspective.


Holland Road           

 Lorna Cummings, Head of School 

I am really excited to have joined Hove Juniors, having previously been Head of School at West Hove Infants for 7 years. Prior to that, I was a Deputy Headteacher at another large primary school in Brighton. During my teaching career, I have taught all age groups from nursery through to Year 6 and have worked as a Communication, Language and Literacy Consultant for Brighton and Hove. I am passionate about providing an inclusive education for all learners. I have a background in Special Educational Needs having previously been a SENCo in 2 schools and taught in a specialist facility for KS2 children with Speech and Language difficulties. I also have Qualified Teacher Status with the British Dyslexia Association. 


Jen Beale - Inclusion Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Having worked as a class teacher, I decided to specialise in Inclusion and train as a SENCO in 2012.  I started my Inclusion career in a large inner-city school in Northwest London and after moving down to Hove, joined Hove Junior School (Portland Road) as Inclusion Lead in 2014. I am passionate about mental health and wellbeing and in 2019 I decided to leave my role as SENCO and train to become a play therapist.  I am now in the final year of my training and work therapeutically with children across both sites one day a week.  In addition to this, I am currently covering the Inclusion Lead and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) role at Holland Road while Charlotte Wallace is on maternity leave.  It has been wonderful to gain experience working across both sites and to work closely with the infant school. I am passionate about helping children to feel safe, confident and happy in order to thrive and learn.


Charlotte Wallace - Inclusion Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead 

(on maternity leave)

I started working as SENCo at Hove Junior School in 2017 across both school sites.  I started my teaching career in London  and worked as a teacher and SENCo in the London boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Enfield across all year groups.  In 2015, whilst teaching, I completed a Masters Degree in Special Educational Needs (MASIE) at the Institute of Education focusing on research into specific literacy difficulties and Autism.  I am passionate about ensuring children reach their full potential and helping them develop the resilience to learn from the challenges that may face them. 



Ben Esposito - Assistant Head 

I joined the team at Holland Road in January 2018.  Prior to this, I worked in a wide range of schools as a Phase Leader, Year Leader and History Lead.  The key thing that attracted me to the school, and continues to impress me, is how passionate the pupils are about their learning and how dedicated the staff are to ensuring that pupils receive the most engaging and creative curriculum possible.  

Currently spearheading our passionate 'Eco Team', raising awareness of how as a school community, we can do our part for the local environment, I am excited to further develop this within the school.  One of the key things that distinguishes our fantastic pupils is how socially aware and environmentally conscious they are. Alongside this, I am keen to continue to develop our ICT provision, ensuring that our pupils are equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed as they continue with their education beyond junior school.