Meet Bradley Barton's Strategy Team which consists of our Head teacher, Deputy, three Assistant Heads and Senior Administrator.
Ms J Barton - Headteacher
I have been a primary school teacher since the 1990s and passed my NPQH qualification many years ago!.
Before becoming Head at Bradley Barton in 2008, I worked as a school leader in several Devon and Torbay schools.
I love my job, it is very busy and challenging but hugely rewarding. No two days are ever the same and my days are very varied. The favourite part of my job is going on a' learning walk' there is always some fantastic learning and great fun going on in classrooms and outside!
I have very high expectations of all children and staff and am very proud of the happy and successful school we have developed together. I am a firm believer in the power of learning from every experience we have and committed to striving to make Bradley Barton a restorative community.
We strive to work with parents/carers as partners as they are essential in a child's learning journey.
As well as leading the Senior Leadership team and working very closely with our School Governors I am also the Senior Designated Safeguarding Officer at Bradley Barton.
Mr A Wootton - Deputy Head
I joined Bradley Barton in January 2017 after moving from Dorset. I have worked in primary schools for 8 years before joining Bradley Barton and before this taught English to children in Italy and Japan and worked with children with special needs in America.
I am responsible for Data and Assessment, Pupil Premium, lunchtimes and working with the PTFA as well as being Deputy Head teacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding officer.
I thoroughly enjoy my role at Bradley Barton and love the community I work in. I strive to support children to be life long learners who have a positive growth mindset.
I am currently studying for my NPQH and enjoying learning about how we can better use ipads to help children become more effective and engaged writers.
Mrs H Rose (Assistant Headteacher: Behaviour and Inclusion / SENDCO)
This is my tenth year working at Bradley Barton and before that I taught in Bath and Somerset. I developed a love of teaching during a post-graduate teaching placement in China where I realised that my love of English Literature and reading could be passed onto children through education.
I have had a variety of leadership roles at Bradley Barton, but my assistant head role is linked to ensuring positive behaviour is evident throughout the school, ensuring we are as inclusive as we can be, promoting attendance and co-ordinating provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). I am also a member of the school's safeguarding team.
I am always learning from the wide range of external professionals I work with - from educational psychologists to school nurses, social workers to speech and language therapists, occupational therapists to autism advisory teachers and many more. I often ask for their reading recommendations and enjoy finding out more about how we can adapt our provision to suit different children's needs and the many different ways the human mind works.
Mrs R Marks (Assistant Headteacher: Teaching and Learning)
I qualified as a teacher in 2005 and taught in Gloucestershire up until 2016, when I relocated to Devon and joined Bradley Barton. Throughout my career, I have taught across the whole primary age range and held a range of leadership roles, achieving the NPQSL qualification in 2015. I am an Assistant Headteacher, responsible for developing the quality of teaching and learning throughout the school, collaborating with staff and pupils, striving for the best outcomes for all. I am always trying to learn about the best approaches for effective teaching and learning. We are about to embed on an exciting journey beginning a 'challenging learning project,' and I am currently learning some of the theory behind this.
One of the things I enjoy doing in my spare time is exercise as this really helps my well-being. I particularly enjoy running and I like to set myself goals to challenge myself, such as races to compete in!
Miss K Haycock (Assistant Headteacher: Curriculum)
After qualifying as a teacher in Devon, I relocated and started teaching in London in 2011. This was really valuable experience for me and one I learnt a great deal from. While teaching in London, I became part of the mathematics team at the school and also completed a National Professional Qualification for Middle Leader. In 2014, I then moved back to Devon and joined the Bradley Barton team as a class teacher.
As well as teaching Red Kites class, I also lead the Year 5/6 age phase which is made up of 4 classes. I am an Assistant Headteacher and also responsible for the curriculum. This involves overseeing the delivery of the National Curriculum across the school as well as overseeing the implementation of our bespoke Bradley Barton School Curriculum. In addition, the role also includes supporting subject leaders to successfully lead and develop their subjects.
In my spare time, I love to further my knowledge and skillset by reading the latest research and new ideas in education and often practise this out on my own children.
Mrs L Douglas (Senior Administrator)
I joined Bradley Barton in 2014 from my previous job as a travel agency manager. During my 16 years in travel I was fortunate to travel to many wonderful places in the world including Australia, Canada, Russia and the Caribbean.
During my time as an Admin Assistant at Bradley Barton I developed online systems for parent communication, breakfast and afterschool club and payments.
In 2018 I was appointed as Senior Administrator, leading a team of 4. Amongst many other jobs that a day at Bradley Barton throws at me I am responsible for health and safety, GDPR, budget management, first aid, building maintenance and most recently the new website design.
I really enjoy working in our community, getting to know the children and their families, working with colleagues, governors and outside companies to make our school the best environment for all.
During my spare time I enjoy spending time with my children exploring the beautiful area that we live in and I have been told that my chocolate cupcakes are the best!