Senior Leadership Team
Fully focused on high expectations and challenge
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 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.
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 is Deputy Head in charge of Pastoral and also Key Stage Five Raising Standards Leader. Andrew is also currently responsible for Safeguarding, Behaviour and Welfare within Brakenhale. Furthermore, Andrew line manages the Head of Sixth Form and acts as the Raising Standards Leader for Post 16.
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 as SENCo. 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 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 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 Headteacher, Huw has the responsibility in the school for reporting, assessment, timetable, trips, exams, data and cover.
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.
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.