Academy Council

Correspondence to the Academy Council should be directed via the
Academy Council Clerk:   S Morgan:

David McPhail - Interim Chair

DM photoDavid was educated at Bristol University (BSc), Imperial College (PhD) and the University of London (PGCE). Most of his career was spent at Imperial College where he lectured and carried out research in Materials Physics. He has also taught in Universities in Singapore, India, Australia and the USA. He was an admissions tutor for many years at Imperial and is very familiar with the UCAS system. He was also deputy director of the graduate school there. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and was on the IOP Council. David has been an educational consultant for several years and he works with a broad range of students from year 10 through to the PhD level. In addition to one-to-one tutoring, he also has experience of voluntary work in various London schools and of working on a scheme with The Profs on a project for disadvantaged students destined for Kings College, Cambridge University. He is also working with gifted and talented students from sub-Saharan Africa preparing them for university places in the UK, USA and Japan.

Rachel Folley - Community

Rachel folleyThis is Rachel’s third year as a member of the TLA council, a position she finds both a challenge and very interesting. It is rewarding to contribute to the dedication and determination of the Principal, staff, pupils and The Littlehampton Academy community.

Rachel’s qualifications include a Diploma of Education and Batchelor of Education and more recently, academic degree level courses in Mentoring and French.

Rachel’s career as a teacher of PE included schools in Kingston Upon Thames, Godalming and Bramley. Simultaneously, she was playing for and coaching club, county and regional teams for netball. In 1994, Rachel was appointed as an England Netball coach working with the youth squads preparing for Home Internationals. In preparation for the U21 Netball World Championships in 2000, as the head coach, with a team of coaches, Sports scientists and medical staff, the team toured in Australia, Trinidad and Barbados and contested Home Test series against South Africa, New Zealand and Jamaica.

From 2002, Rachel developed her role as professional tutor and since retiring, she has maintained her work with trainee teachers both at St Catherine’s and as an e-Qualitas Tutor in a variety of schools. Her intention is always “be the best that you can and encourage the same of others”.

Sam Genge - Teacher

Sam bridleSam joined TLA in November 2018 as the Year 10 Leader. She thoroughly enjoyed working in this role as a pastoral lead and enjoyed working with the students and their families. Prior to this, she worked as a Lecturer in Childcare and Health and Social Care at Crawley College. Sam taught across all levels including being able to teach on the Early Years Degree programme. She also worked as an Associate Lecturer assessing students in placement at the University of Chichester. Prior to changing her career, she worked in the recruitment industry for 10 years and recruited for many local businesses within West Sussex. Sam currently teaches Health and Social Care at level 2,3 and 4 in the academy and she is a Year 9 tutor. She was also recently promoted to the Assistant Director of Faculty for the Creative Arts Department. Sam is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Education at the University of Chichester and is absolutely loving being back in the classroom and learning herself! In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and enjoy reading both fiction and educational research to help her with her own studies.

Lou Hurst - Teacher

LHurst portraitLou is the Director of Humanities at TLA. Lou received her degree and post graduate teaching qualification at the University of Chichester. When qualified she taught at two local schools before joining TLA’s predecessor school - Littlehampton Community School. 
Lou was given the opportunity to work in a brand new school overseas and decided to develop her skills teaching in a British school in Madrid. During this time Lou met Princess Alexandra and also led a team of inspectors who toured and spent time in her classroom. Lou also visited and trained in other Spanish schools. 
On returning to the UK Lou worked for the NHS with the Speech and language team before rejoining TLA to teach Geography and also the Transition Curriculum.
Lou was made Deputy Director of the Humanities Faculty and then Director of Faculty.
Lou enjoys developing her knowledge and skills in order to benefit students in the
classroom and has recently become an Apple teacher and a United Nations
Accredited Climate Change Teacher.
Lou is married with three daughters who continue to keep her on her toes!

Becca Jupp - Community

Becca juppBecca is 49, married to Tim and a mum of four children, all of whom have been at The Littlehampton Academy. She is the leader of Arun Church which is a church of 400 people who meet at TLA and also own the Wickbourne Centre in Littlehampton, which includes two nurseries. Becca is passionate about the community and loves the Academy and being part of the Academy team on the Council. Becca appreciates seeing first-hand what an amazing, inspiring school TLA is.

Aaron Perry - Support Staff

Aaron perryAaron has worked supporting young people in the communities he has lived in for well over a decade. He started his career as a Pastoral Assistant within the Church of England and worked across London as a community development officer, delivering a variety of projects to support young people. In 2004 Aaron was appointed the youngest UK Director of a charity. He was appointed the youth advisor to the administration of Kingston Upon Thames and advised the Metropolitan Police on issues regarding anti-social behaviour. He now sits on the board of Littlehampton Sea Cadets and joined The Littlehampton Academy in 2019 as a Cover Supervisor. Aaron has four children, two cats, three fish and eight chickens and enjoys spending time with all of them and with his partner Katie.

Allan Miles - Parent

Allan photo (002)Allan is a successful entrepreneur having built several businesses over the past 15 years in recruitment, health & fitness, digital marketing, training and sales delivery to clients both locally and internationally. Allan is a mind-set coach & passionate advocate for mental health awareness and continual self-development.

Allan is married and a father to 5 children, 3 currently at TLA. His hobbies include spending time with his family, travel & American football. 

Dan Pearce - Community

Dan pearceDan works in the London Insurance Market, as the Real Estate Underwriting Manager for Ecclesiastical Insurance. Within this role, he is responsible for the management of the whole London Book of Business and ultimately the bottom line to deliver a profit. He is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and has the Certificate in Insurance (Cert CII) qualification.


Dan is married to Carly, they have two children, with the eldest at The Littlehampton Academy and they have lived in the area since 2014. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, loves a quiz and most sports.

Conor Stevens - Community

Conor2Conor is an alumnus of both The Littlehampton Academy and The Littlehampton Academy Sixth Form. He has lived in Littlehampton since the age of two and knows the community well. Since leaving TLA, Conor has achieved a BA (Hons) in Business Management at the University of Chichester where he also served as a student representative. He now manages a team of 60 employees at a manufacturing company in Littlehampton. In his spare time, Conor enjoys going to the gym, gardening, and playing golf.


Kevin Stone - Community

Kevin stoneKevin recently retired having worked at TLA since September 1996 as a teacher of mathematics. During that time, he saw many changes and worked with many families in the Littlehampton area. Having been a tutor, he worked hard to help prepare the students for the real world, involving himself in the pastoral side and was also a leader in this important part of the school. As well as teaching the KS3 and KS4 curriculum, he was an A-Level teacher specialising in statistics. He has in the past been Head of Mathematics, taught “work-related” students and worked closely with the primary schools to help with their numeracy skills. In his past life, he worked as a project engineer for Sainsburys and is a qualified football referee. He enjoys the challenge of a music quiz, northern soul and has travelled across 5 continents.

Carlie Wayne - Parent

Carlie wayneCarlie worked at TLA from 2008 until July 2019. Her roles included working in the classroom, as a Cover Supervisor, experiencing and dealing with the challenges of whole class behaviour management along with engaging young people in their learning. She was a member of pastoral staff since September 2013, first as a Pastoral Assistant and then as a more senior member of support staff in her role as Chapter Manager and Year Leader. The latter roles saw her gain experience of the many challenges that face some of our students, both physically and mentally. She sees the importance of school within these young people’s lives and holds safeguarding and education at the centre of her practice. Carlie left TLA this summer, for new experiences and challenges at Durrington High School.

Carlie has lived and worked in Littlehampton for the past 13 years and has a good knowledge and understanding of the community and area. Carlie has two children; her son currently attends the Academy and her daughter, since leaving the Academy, studies at Plumpton College. Carlie loves sports, reading and travelling. 


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