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The Weald Community School

The WealdCommunity School and Sixth Form

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Senior Leadership Team

Peter Woodman - Headteacher

I joined The Weald as Headteacher in January 2009 and enjoy every day at this fantastic school. Our achievements are very much as a result of strong collective efforts from students, staff, parents and many others. We work to help students achieve excellent academic results and progress. We are passionate about ensuring that our students also develop well personally through participation in wider activities such as clubs, competitions, student leadership and trips.

Prior to working at The Weald, I have worked in schools in Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Worcestershire as well as Australia and Canada. I hold degrees from Cambridge University, the University of Victoria, B.C, Canada, the Open University and postgraduate education qualifications from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

I returned to teach in West Sussex after some 30 years away. I am the product of a West Sussex education and am keen to serve the community that gave me such a great start in life. I love golf, travelling and amateur dramatics.

Sarah Edwards - Deputy Headteacher

I joined The Weald in June 2014 and am thrilled to be part of such a vibrant, varied and happy school. Every day brings its rewards and of course its challenges, and the most enjoyable part of my job is supporting our students through the tricky transition between childhood and adulthood.  

My responsibilities include: child protection and safeguarding, developing students' character education, overseeing the pastoral care of students and maintaining school standards, as well as any issues regarding our teaching staff.

I am a languages teacher by trade, having earned my degree at the University of Leeds and my teaching qualification at Cambridge. I have worked in West Sussex schools since 1997.

Richard Brimacombe - Assistant Headteacher 

It is a real privilege to work at The Weald. The school has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere built on excellent relationships between staff and students. I am delighted to be part of such a happy, successful and vibrant learning community.

As well as leading the professional development of colleagues, leadership of performance management and line managing Livingstone House, I teach in the Music department.

Prior to working at The Weald, I have worked at schools in Cornwall, Surrey and West Sussex. I trained to be a teacher at the University of Roehampton, London. As a musician, I play the Piano and Bass guitar and enjoy performing Jazz.

Zoe Sorrell - Assistant Headteacher 

I started my teaching career in the West Midlands, having studied for a degree in History and then completing my teacher training qualification at the University of Birmingham. Many years later, after teaching in Hampshire and Milan, I returned home to West Sussex and have been teaching at The Weald since 2004. I was originally appointed as a teacher of History and became an Assistant Headteacher in 2014. I have always been struck by the fantastic relationships here - most notably between students and staff.

The staff at The Weald are passionate about the learning and personal development of the students, and the students are genuinely appreciative and value their experience here. In my current role, I aim to support and enhance these relationships by leading the development of the curriculum, as well as through my responsibilities for Austen house, exams and a number of subject areas.

Debbie McInerney - Assistant Headteacher 

I joined The Weald in 2010 as Assistant Subject Leader for languages and I have worked my way up through the ranks to become an Assistant Headteacher in 2020. The Weald is a fantastic community to be a part of and the students and staff are what make it so enjoyable to come to work each day. I have been fortunate to accompany our students on trips to countries as diverse as Germany, Kenya and China and our young people always impress me with their willingness to learn and engage with the world around them. 

My responsibilities include: literacy across the curriculum, student leadership, student voice and peer tutoring as well as the line management of a number of departments.

I have been teaching in West Sussex since 2007 having graduated from Cardiff University in German and EU politics. I am currently completing a Masters in Educational Leadership at Portsmouth University.

Steve Catt - Assistant Headteacher 

I joined The Weald in January 2014 as an Assistant Head and share the school’s wildly important goals and beliefs.  As a School, we strive to develop hard-working citizens with a growth mindset that choose to do the right thing. Every day at The Weald you get a real feel of cheerful staff and pupils who want to succeed.

My responsibilities include overseeing: the school timetable, our outstanding exam results, reporting and tracking, analysis of school data and ensuring Elgar win the House Cup! Also, I am a keen swimmer, triathlete and footballer.

My first degree was a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Surrey. This led to a career in Civil Engineering across the UK and Germany. Projects involved the construction of everything from office developments to primary schools. I then made the leap of faith to retrain as a Mathematics teacher and have never looked back! Working at The Weald School is immensely rewarding and challenging where no day is the same. I am privileged to work within such a supportive and happy environment.

Nic Robinson - Assistant Headteacher 

I moved to West Sussex in 2008 and worked in three Sussex schools prior to joining The Weald, as an Assistant Headteacher, in 2018. The Weald is a forward-thinking and exciting school and it is a privilege to work with such dedicated staff, students and parents.

After graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2003, I initially worked in marketing. I then took a year out to travel the world before starting my teaching training in Cambridgeshire.

As a teacher of geography, a keen cyclist and particularly having grown up in London, I feel very lucky to be surrounded here by beautiful downland and to be so close to the coast.

In addition to teaching geography at The Weald, my responsibilities include championing opportunities for disadvantaged students, line managing a wide range of subjects and helping students to thrive in the many leadership opportunities available to them here. I am fortunate to be a part of the vibrant and supportive community at The Weald and look forward each day to finding out what the students will teach me.

Tom Backshall - Assistant Headteacher


In 2011 I joined The Weald as Head of Sixth Form and I’m delighted to be joining the Senior Leadership Team this year. I love working at The Weald because students and staff are so positive and open to new ideas and the school is always actively looking at ways of developing the experience of our students to make it even better.

After graduating from the University of Warwick with a joint honours degree in History and Sociology I moved back to the South East and worked in nursing homes for a couple of years. I then completed my PGCE at the University of Sussex and have been a History and Sociology teacher in schools in East and West Sussex ever since. Outside of school I enjoy running and have been contemplating training for a marathon for some time.

My responsibilities include oversight of academic and pastoral care in the Sixth Form as well as internal and public exams and the options process at Key Stages 4 and 5.

Kate Truss - Business Manager


I was delighted to join The Weald in September 2018 and have enjoyed being part of such a responsive and welcoming community. I am responsible for leading the school in all non-teaching activities such as finance, HR, administration, premises and catering. 

My background is in banking and administration in the charity sector and I have worked my way up in the Education Sector since starting as a bursar in a London school in 1996.

I absolutely love my job as no two days, or even hours, are ever the same.  Working at The Weald is a real privilege and our wildly important beliefs and goals support each of us to become successful in life. When not in school, you will find me out walking my dogs or curled up with a good book.