Meet Our Team

The Head

Andrew Taylor


Dear Parent / carer,

Welcome and thank you for your interest in The Brooksbank School. I was privileged to have been appointed as the new Headteacher to the school, taking up my position in September 2020 and I am both excited and enthusiastic about what the future holds for all of us who are now part of the family.

As a school that serves not only its local, but also the wider community, we strive to ensure that we give our students’ the best learning experiences possible, which will give them the skills necessary for preparation not only into further education in 6th Form, but through into university and ultimately into the world of work. It is our belief that every child can progress and achieve, and we make no excuses for having high aspirations and expectations of our students. We have no doubt that they will be both happy and successful whilst they are with us.

The staff here at The Brooksbank School are fully committed to giving our students’ the best possible opportunities to achieve their ambitions, whatever they may be.

My vision in leading the school to the successes its students’, staff and stakeholders deserve are based on the following principles:

• To maximise student potential and outcomes through quality teaching & learning.
• To embed an inclusive education for all.
• To raise the aspirations for all students’, staff, and stakeholders that everyone can achieve.
• To secure a safe and happy environment.
• To enhance the reputation of the school and allow it to continue to be a beacon of the community and the outstanding school it has the potential to become.

You as parents / carers will understand that this, however, cannot be done in isolation and we encourage everyone to play a full part in our students’ education and undertake a positive and pro-active role in supporting them and the school in order to make this happen. Support for students’ and the school on issues such as attendance, uniform, behaviour, home learning and attitude to learning is a partnership that we develop fully and is of paramount importance for the success of all our students’.

Whilst there is clearly a focus on the academic opportunities for students’, we believe education should also be about the varied enrichment activities available to our students outside of the classroom such as sports teams, drama productions, extra-curricular clubs, residential trips, visits and much, much more… Such wider educational experiences are vital in developing our students to become well rounded, positive members of society who can go on and become successful in whatever they choose to do.

We firmly believe that we are a school where your child can achieve and be inspired.

Mr A Taylor

Senior Leadership Team

Debbie Shutter

Deputy Headteacher

My main responsibility is the overview of the Quality of Education. I ensure that the curriculum for all our students is vibrant, challenging and equips them with all the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in later life. I lead on Teaching and Learning throughout the school and provide a framework for all staff to be able to deliver classroom activities that are inspirational and memorable, enabling all students to reach their full potential.

Zandra Puddephatt

Deputy Headteacher

My role is to create a caring and safe environment for all members of the school community. I am the designated senior lead for Child Protection and Safeguarding. I am also in charge of Transition, Inclusion (this includes Pupil Premium students and Children Looked After) and I am the Schools Mental Health lead; I co-ordinate a strong team of staff who provide appropriate well-being support to our students. It is important in these roles that I liaise closely with parents and outside agencies in order to enable all students, in our inclusive school, to achieve their potential and be happy and confident individuals when they leave Brooksbank.

Bernard Tague

Deputy Headteacher

My role as Deputy Head is to lead on attendance and behaviour, creating a safe, ordered environment where learning is allowed to flourish and is central to everything we do. With nearly 1800 students it is vital that students are taught to behave in a considerate way and are able to manage themselves through good choices. The “Work Hard at Brooksbank” expectations are explicitly taught to all our students in assemblies and lessons.
Our pastoral system, which is built on the foundations of positive relationships, is also important to us. We pride ourselves on our caring approach to pastoral care. We want students to be the best they can be and both understand and respect their peers.

Dave Puddephatt

Director of Sixth Form / Assistant Headteacher

My main area of responsibility is the strategic leadership and management of Post-16 education (Sixth Form). With over 300 students, studying more than 35 different Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications; ensuring students are given the correct information, advice and guidance to get them onto the right courses is a key part of my role. Monitoring the academic performance of students as they progress through the Sixth Form is also very important, as is their personal development. Ensuring that all our students leave Brooksbank with the skills, personal qualities and confidence to be successful in the next phase of their lives, whether that is university, employment or further training, is another crucial part of my role.

Noel Watkins

Assistant Headteacher

I am responsible for the generation and strategic use of assessment data across the school. I work with Faculty Leaders to ensure assessments meet the needs of the curriculum and inform teaching and learning to drive up standards, improving outcomes for all. I also have responsibility for reporting student performance information to key stakeholders (including families), providing a starting point for conversations with teachers about next steps, enabling students to access their full potential. 
I am also responsible for the provision of examinations across the school, both internal and external and have oversight of the many vocational qualifications the school offers at Key Stages Four and Five. 

Damian Ball

Assistant Headteacher

My role as Assistant Headteacher is to have oversight of the pastoral system, working to ensure that students are supported in maximising their potential. It is important that we create an environment where students are supported to overcome any issues that may affect their learning experience and the pastoral system at Brooksbank School allows this to happen and is at the heart of everything we do.
My responsibilities include working alongside the Deputy Head, Mr Tague to focus on Behaviour & Attendance. This is to ensure the school’s behaviour policy is applied consistently, both in and out of lessons and that the high expectations and standards we have for students are upheld.

Donna Clarke

Assistant Headteacher

As a member of the Quality of Education Team, I support the development of high standards of teaching and learning at The Brooksbank School. I have particular responsibility for whole school literacy and developing intervention programmes that promote progress, both of which serve to equip students with the skills and outcomes they need to thrive in an academic setting and beyond, as underpinned by our Aspire, Work Hard, Achieve ethos.

Jo Nutter

Assistant Headteacher

As part of the Quality of Education team, I am responsible for the school timetable as well as contributing to the improvement of teaching and learning across the school. I work alongside the team in supporting middle leaders and their faculties in creating exciting curriculum areas that deliver progress in terms of knowledge, qualities and skills of students. In addition, I also assist in the delivery of CPD opportunities for staff through whole staff training, workshops and teach meets.

Laura Farley

Assistant Headteacher

My role as part of the quality of education team is to support staff with their everyday teaching to enable every student to reach their potential.  I have responsibility for initial teacher trainees and as such coordinate and liaise their placements with our various providers.  I also manage the early careers framework at Brooksbank, supporting and managing the training for teachers in their first and second year of teaching.  I am also involved in ensuring we have a curriculum that will be the most effective for all our students.

Richard O’Connell

Director of Finance and Resources

As Director of Finance and Resources I oversee a variety of areas, including the financial, governance, facilities, ICT and HR aspects of the school.  A key part of my role is to ensure that we provide school facilities for our staff and students that offer a safe and supportive environment for learning. I also lead the ICT team to ensure that staff and students have access to IT systems to support learning.