Senior Team

Senior Team

Fully focused on high expectations and challenge

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.

Richard Corry, Deputy Headteacher

Richard joined Brakenhale in January 2018 after six years at The Windsor Boys’ School where he had been Assistant Headteacher, Raising Standards Leader, and Head of Faculty for Business Studies and IT. During that time Richard has also been responsible for disadvantaged students, producing the timetable and leading the school through its vocational quality assurance. At Brakenhale Richard is Deputy Headteacher in charge of curriculum and key stage 4 outcomes, whilst line managing English, maths and science.

Hannah Whitaker, Deputy Headteacher

Hannah joined Brakenhale in June 2020 after nine years at St Andrew’s, Leatherhead where she was an Assistant Headteacher, Head of Geography and Professional Coordinating Mentor. During her time at St Andrew’s she developed the trainee programme taking it from five trainees a year to over 25 including training over 20 geography teachers herself. She led the Learning & Teaching and CPD for the whole school, led the recruitment and induction of new staff, line managed the Heads of Department and developed the pastoral care and achievement for the students by line managing the Heads of Year. At Brakenhale, Hannah is Deputy Headteacher in charge of behaviour and key stage 5 outcomes, whilst line managing safeguarding, SEND, Nurture and Humanities.

Rachel Lister, Assistant Headteacher

Rachel loves languages, learning about other cultures and travelling. Her languages have given her the opportunity to teach and work in the Amazon jungle, Zambia, the United States and Costa Rica to name but a few. After qualifying in the UK in 2006, her career in teaching has seen her progress as a MFL teacher, to Head of Spanish, Raising Standards Leader, Specialist Leader in Education and latterly MFL Consultant. This most recent role afforded her varied experiences ranging from advising the British Council and DfE, to leading on curriculum, assessment and strategy in MFL across a Federation of almost 50 diverse academies across London and the South East. She led subject specialist training for the School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) and led on CPD for over 100 MFL teachers and Heads of Departments. Her role as Assistant Headteacher for Raising Standards encompasses Student Voice, Student Leadership and driving progress for the community of young people at Brakenhale School.

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.

Brett Coley, Assistant Headteacher

Brett joined Brakenhale School in January 2018.  His career began as a PE teacher in West London (including Head of Boys PE) before moving into Pastoral responsibilities as a Head of Year for 5 years.  He then spent 10 years in Hampshire as an Assistant Headteacher overseeing areas of pastoral care, safeguarding, curriculum, attendance and behaviour. As Assistant Headteacher at Brakenhale, Brett has direct responsibility for Year 6 Transition, Primary Liaison and Pupil Premium whilst line managing the areas of PE, Performing Arts and Health & Social Care; in addition, he supports the Head of Year 7 and the associated year team.

Ruan Beukes, Assistant Headteacher

Ruan joined Brakenhale in 2007 after leaving his home country of South Africa. He started as a supply teacher before he was appointed as a PE teacher and Schools Sports Coordinator. His passion to help students reach their full potential has led him into a pastoral role where he was a Head of Year for 4 years. Along side teaching he continued to study and completed his Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning in 2013. He moved to a more senior role as Head of Key Stage 4 where his expertise were used to manage and support Heads of Year. In 2018 Ruan was promoted to Assistant Headteacher and oversees Careers, Rewards, The House System and Key Stage 4 among other duties and responsibilities. He is responsible for launching the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at Brakenhale and will act as Contingent Commander. He is in the process of receiving his Queen’s Commission and will hold an officer’s rank of Second Lieutenant.

Martyn Cooper, Assistant Headteacher

Martyn joined Brakenhale in September 2010 as a Newly Qualified Teacher in Geography. His passion to help and support students led him into the pastoral system where he was a Head of Year for 8 and half years. During this time Martyn became the Head of Geography completing this role alongside being a Head of Year. From September 2018 Martyn also undertook a Masters Degree with the University of Buckingham in Educational Leadership; completing it in July 2020.
In January 2020 Martyn moved to a more senior role as an Acting Assistant Headteacher. During this time Martyn would oversee curriculum design and its delivery within departments. Martyn also oversaw the Anti-Bullying Coordinators whilst line managing Year 9, modern foreign languages and the Higher-Ability Coordinator.
From September 2020 Martyn undertook the role as Assistant Headteacher at Brakenhale permanently. On top of the previous roles Martyn continues to work within the pastoral system but oversees year 10. Martyn also oversees attendance at Brakenhale School.