Our Leadership

Doug Thomas

Executive Headteacher

Doug has had extensive experience in the world of alternative provision and special needs both as a teacher in mainstream secondary settings and also as a leader in alternative provision settings.

He firmly believes that the school’s main focus is about opening doors to educational experiences and life experiences so that pupils can enjoy learning and make a habit of learning that will last a lifetime.

Doug has lived in Sussex since 1998 and has raised his family here.  His academic qualifications are from University of Kent ( BA) and Durham University ( MA and PGCE) as well as extensive specialist training in special needs and behavioural aspects to learning.  Doug also is a qualified ECB level 2 cricket coach.

Jemma Lyons

Director Of Learning

Information to follow.

Sam Channon

Chief Operations Officer

Sam joined WSAPC in March 2016 and has over 14 years’ experience working at a senior level in both the private and public sectors. Sam’s career started in media and TV where she gained a solid grounding in recruitment, policy development and budget management and, on completing an HR qualification (CIPD) she realised a passion for working within education and contributing to positive outcomes for young people. Sam holds a Certificate in School Business Management and is in the final stages of the Diploma in Schools Business Management.

Sam spends her free time with her family and she enjoys running and music.