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Jane Coley, Headteacher

Jane Coley has been the Headteacher at Brakenhale since April 2015 . She is a passionate believer in the power of Education to transform lives and is keenly aware of how important a stable and supportive school environment is; she herself went to 11 schools. She has been teaching for 18 years and prior to joining Brakenhale she was the Associate Headteacher at Edgbarrow School, where she also held the posts of Deputy Head and Assistant Head. During her time at Edgbarrow she led on Post 16, Special Educational Needs, Staff Training and Learning and Teaching.  Alongside her Senior Leadership Team and the staff in the school she is working at a rapid pace to ensure that the principles and strategies she used to improve progress and standards in her previous schools are implemented effectively at Brakenhale. Jane is also a national lead for Post 16 Pixl (Partners in Excellence) where she works alongside over 500 schools to lead improvement for students in the Sixth Form.

Paul Gibson, Deputy Headteacher

Paul has been teaching for 11 years and has spent the last 5 as a senior leader. In 2010 he was promoted to Assistant Headteacher at Maiden Erlegh school and led on various areas such as the school specialisms, vocational education, CEIAG and curriculum. In September 2015 he started as Deputy Headteacher at Brakenhale with responsibility for KS4 standards, curriculum, pupil premium and Literacy and Numeracy across the school. Furthermore he has led on Appraisal and staff recruitment. Identified for his depth of understanding he has been asked to become the national lead for vocational education for PiXL 6.

Andrew Hartley, Deputy Headteacher

Andrew is Deputy Head in charge of Pastoral and also Key Stage Five Raising Standards Leader. Andrew joined Brakenhale in September 2015 from The Downs School in West Berkshire. Andrew had been at The Downs for eight years as Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form. Prior to that Andrew was Head of Sixth Form at Edgbarrow School. Andrew currently acts as a consultant for PIXL6 and ALPS in addition to his main school duties.

Lisa Baveystock, Assistant Headteacher

Lisa has worked in education for over thirty years.  As a teacher of RS, head of department, OFSTED inspector and as an Acting Head teacher at a local primary school.  During this time she has been fortunate to teach all age ranges from nursery to post graduate, her mantra is always the same, ‘at the heart of education lies the child’, everything we do as professionals, the child or young person is at the forefront.  At Brakenhale, Lisa leads on Special Educational Needs, Initial Teacher Training and Primary/Secondary Transition.  She is passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people at Brakenhale and is particularly interested in developing an attitude of a growth mind-set to help encourage our students to challenge themselves and to always aim high.

Gemma Powell, Assistant Headteacher

Gemma has taught Science, with a specialism in Chemistry, for 11 years and has lead curriculum teams since 2006. Her career has been especially focused on classroom practice and learning pedagogy as Lead Teacher for Learning 2 Learn (a skills based program developing learners’ strategies and tools for any subject) and in her 4 year post as Professional Tutor in an Outstanding school.  In 2010 Gemma became Head of Science Faculty at Wallingford school and developed a very strong Science A-Level provision with outstanding outcomes for pupils. Now as Assistant Head Teacher at Brakenhale, Gemma leads on Learning and Teaching, Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education, and is developing the support given to young people in order to move on through Careers Education.

Huw Thomas, Assistant Headteacher

Huw started at Brakenhale as Head of ICT in 2001 and then going on to lead the newly formed ICT and Business Studies Department in 2003. Regional and National awards were earnt for the success of the Applied ICT GCSE double award course, which had some of the best results in the country. The primary focus for Huw has been success in the classroom backed up with the use of data. Now as Assistant Head teacher, Huw has the responsibility in the school for reporting, assessment, timetable, trips, exams, data and cover.