I am genuinely proud to lead Bradon Forest School and to work with the school community to strengthen our future achievements. To strategically lead an inclusive school with an ethos of challenge and excellence for all sits firmly with the values that I have passionately adhered to throughout my career in five comprehensive schools. I originally began my teaching career in Manchester before moving back down to the South West where I grew up . As an experienced senior leader who has worked within The Athelstan Trust since 2014 , I am committed to the philosophy that all children deserve an excellent, holistic education that reaches beyond the classroom to provide opportunities and create well-rounded individuals.
I originally trained as an English teacher and it is still the highlight of my day if I get to deliver a literature lesson or read with students! However, I am also passionate about working with staff and ensuring that the school delivers high quality training and experiences for all members of it’s community. To unwind, I enjoy running, cycling and gym classes and I try to get to the theatre and read as much as I possibly can.
Helen WilkinsonDeputy Headteacher
I am a History graduate from University of East Anglia in Norwich where I also completed my PGCE in History and Geography. During my career I have furthered my qualifications and now have Masters Degrees in Educational Management and in Coaching and Mentoring, together with an MBA and the NPQH qualification.
Prior to being at Bradon Forest I taught in various schools in the Gloucestershire area including grammar schools and some in the independent sector. My roles were varied and included: Head of Year, Head of History, Head of Marketing and Publicity before joining Bradon Forest as Assistant Headteacher and being promoted to Deputy Headteacher after two years.
My main responsibilities as Deputy Headteacher involve quality assuring the curriculum we offer our students and teaching and learning. I ensure all staff, including ECTs, are supported through high quality professional development and training and I work with outside providers and other trust schools to ensure this is prioritised. I also ensure our PP and MA students are supported, as well as working with EAL students. Recent work on EDI has afforded me the opportunity to develop our student body and ensure they are outward looking.
Gren HeathcoteAssistant Headteacher
I joined Bradon Forest school in 2006 as a Geography teacher. Following responsibilities such as Head of Geography, Head of Humanities and whole school data and reports, I was successfully appointed as an Assistant Headteacher in 2014.
As a member of the leadership team I was able to assist the school in moving towards good in or 2016 Ofsted inspection and the maintaining of this status in 2021. While a member of the leadership team I have held responsibility for disadvantaged students, whole school data and reports, timetable, options and the house system. My current areas of responsibility are Designated Safeguarding Lead, Behaviour Strategy, Key Stage 4 Behaviour Management and the Inclusion Centre.
David McDonaldAssistant Headteacher
I grew up in Swindon, where I studied for my GCSEs and A-Levels, before going onto get my Batchelor’s degree from Keele University in Staffordshire. I completed my PGCE in Secondary mathematics at the University of the West of England; I am now completing my master’s in education with them too. I have been teaching since 2005, with a brief break in the middle, when I joined the British Army and have also spent time traveling, in Mexico, France and India.
I am a strong believer in the importance of truly comprehensive education and try to consider the impact on all learners when making important decisions. At Bradon Forest School, I lead the school on curriculum development, Year 9 options, attendance, reporting to parents, and examinations amongst other things. I also link with the Maths, Design Technology and MFL (Modern Foreign Language) subject areas, the Year 8 pastoral team and I teach in the maths and computing faculty.
Josh KershawAssistant Headteacher
I am a Geography and History graduate from Canterbury Christ Church University and later completed my PGCE in Secondary Geography at the University of Gloucestershire. I joined Bradon Forest School in 2017 as a teacher within the Geography Department. In my five years at Bradon Forest I have been whole school Pupil Premium Coordinator and also held the role of Head of Geography for three years. I was appointed to the Senior Leadership Team as Assistant Headteacher in 2022. My current areas of responsibility are for Sixth Form Provision, Student Leadership and the House System.
I strongly believe that a student’s secondary education should be a holistic one which provides them with opportunities and aspirations for the future. Working with students to develop their career prospects and Sixth Form aspirations is a part of my role which I thoroughly enjoy.
Outside of school I am a huge rugby fan who is still waiting to see Wales win a world cup and I enjoy travelling to as many different countries as possible. My favourites so far are Peru, Cambodia and South Africa.