The Education Team

John Constanti - Diocesan Director of Education

John leads the Education Team based at the Diocesan Office in Rochester.  He is responsible for:

  • the strategic leadership for the planning and structural development of all Church of England schools and academies across the Diocese of Rochester
  • advising, supporting and guiding all Church schools and acadamies on issues relating to governance, admissions, property, finance and capital funding to ensure that Church schools and academies remain sustainable and meet the needs of their communities
  • the planning and development of Church school organisation projects and initiatives, including the introduction of acadamies, free schools, federations and collaborative partnerships across the Diocese
  • liaising with schools over improvements and the maintenance of premises, and advising on any potential funding streams

John has served as is a governor at six Church schools.  He has 34 years' experience, both in this Diocese and the Diocese of Southwark, in working with schools across the different phases of education, and advising on wide-ranging educational matters.

Contact John by phone on 01634 560019 or by email


Virginia Corbyn - Assistant Diocesan Director of Education (Schools)

Virginia is the Assistant Director of Education and leads on the development of Christian distinctiveness, collective worship and religious education within our schools.  She is responsible for:

  • Supporting and advising schools upon preparation for SIAMS inspections
  • Supporting schools with the development of religious education and collective worship and the Christian effectiveness of their school
  • Organising the Church Schools' Celebration in Rochester Cathedral in partnership with the Cathedral Education team
  • Representing the RDBE on the Schools Working Party and on the School Effectiveness Committee
  • Liaising and co-operating with other advisers and relevant bodies, including local authorities and the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) in Bromley, Bexley, Medway and Kent.

Virginia worked both as a secondary and a primary school teacher for 18 years.  She was also the Assistant Director of Education for the Diocese of Canterbury between 2003 and 2009.  From 2009 to 2011,she was a lecturer in primary education and a programme director at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Contact Virginia by phone on 01634 560018 or by email

Kerrie Ross – RDBE Assistant Finance Officer

Kerrie undertakes key tasks and admin duties related to the Board of Education’s finance operation under the direction of the Interim Deputy Director.  She is responsible for:-

  • Preparation of annual and quarterly management accounts
  • Assisting preparation of the annual budget
  • Monitoring of income and expenditure and budget control procedures
  • Day to day operation of finance function including raising of invoices and arranging payments to third parties
  • Processing LCVAP payments to contractors and receipts from DfE and Governors
  • Assisting producing reports and documents for meetings and Committees
  • Admin support
  • Correspond with schools and other parties

Contact Kerrie by phone on 01634 560022 or by email

Teresa Spearink - PA to the Board of Education

Teresa works for the Director of Education, the Deputy Director and the Assistant Director (Schools).  She is responsible for:

  • all bookings of courses, invoices and queries
  • SLA registrations and queries
  • populating the RDBE website
  • keeping the database records of school governors and replying to correspondence
  • setting up and taking minutes at board and committee meetings
  • dealing with email and telephone enquiries

Prior to joining the Education Team, Teresa was head of the completions team for a conveyancing firm.

Contact Teresa by phone on 01634 560025 or by email

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