Bridgwater College Academy

Bridgewater College Academy

Bridgwater College Academy

Dream, believe, achieve.

Leadership Team

Peter Elliott BA (Hons) MEd NPQH
Chief Executive Officer

Peter has worked in five schools across the country.  He started teaching Spanish and French in 1998 in Hertfordshire, moving to Hampshire to successfully lead a modern languages department.  Peter moved to his first school leadership position based in Somerset in 2004.  His first headship position was in 2009 and at the time, he was one of the youngest secondary school head teachers in the country.  When not working he enjoys spending time with his family, completing post-graduate research and working on an annual challenge, last year he taught himself to play the guitar culminating in a live stage performance; this year he is trying to learn to surf!

Rachael Fraser BA Hons, PGCE, NPQH                                               Head Teacher

Rachael Fraser is a dedicated educationalist who has been an English teacher, Head of English, County Literacy Consultant for Somerset, Assistant Head at Chilton Trinity, Deputy Head at The Blue School and is now thrilled to be taking on the post of Headteacher at Bridgwater College Academy.

Rachael is passionate in her belief that all children deserve excellent teaching but equally that all children are capable of remarkable achievements and efforts and should be encouraged at all times to go beyond their best.

Rachael is always looking to improve her understanding of what works to help children learn and is currently undertaking a Master’s Degree in Education at Bath University in her spare time. She is totally committed to further developing the all though academy including the curriculum and pedagogy to its fullest extent. “We will write the book on how it is done!” She says.

Rachael will be visible at the academy gates most days and would encourage parents and children to come and talk to her about the work of the Academy.

Louise Valeur B.Ed (Hons) NPQH
Head of Primary

A local Somerset girl Louise left home after A levels and trained to teach in South West London. She spent the following twenty years working in a number of schools in the London borough of Greenwich - an experience which she now describes as vibrant and diverse.  Having moved back to the West Country Louise became Deputy Head of a village school and later took the qualification to become a Headteacher. She took on her first headship at Sedgemoor Manor Infant School in 2008, at a very challenging time for the school.  She has enjoyed the strong sense of community that has been developed at the school and it was a proud moment to achieve a Good outcome at the last Ofsted before the school converted. Out of school Louise loves to travel and walk, the Cairngorm Mountains being the steepest challenge to date.

Andy Sandercock B.Eng (Hons) NPQH
Head of Secondary

  • Advanced Skills Teacher Mathematics 2002
  • University of Exeter P.G.C.E. Mathematics 11-18 and Science 1994-1995
  • University of Plymouth B.Eng. Civil Engineering Honours Degree 1989-1992

Andy studied Civil Engineering at Plymouth University and then worked in construction for three years before training to become a teacher at Exeter University.  He was first appointed as a Maths and Science teacher at Wadham Community School in 1995, teaching GCSE and A ‘level Maths.  At Wadham he quickly advances to Deputy Head of Mathematics and in July 2002 passed the Advanced Skills Teacher assessment.

Andy moved to East Bridgwater Community School in 2002 working as a Mathematics A.S.T for Somerset.  In 2009 he studied for and passed the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers and took on a temporary role as Assistant Headteacher with a permanent appointment in 2010. Andy enjoys the strategic planning and problem solving that comes with leadership. He is passionate about many different sports including Football, Skiing and keeping fit. However his greatest interest outside of school is Dog Agility having won both International and National Finals.

Sam Finch B.Ed (Hons) 
Deputy Head Primary 

Sam has worked in this school for almost 19 years. She started teaching in Year One as an NQT in Sedgemoor Manor Infants School, and then spent a number of years teaching Year Two.  Sam then went on to Lead Key Stage One. In November 2012 Sam became Primary Deputy Head and since November 2013 she has taught in Year Four at our Academy. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Although recently retired from playing football, Sam still watches her beloved Bath City, and loves to travel.

Nikki Doughty BA (Hons) NPQSL
Deputy Head of Secondary/Designated Safeguarding Lead

Nikki has worked at the school since 2002. She started here as a trainee on the Graduate Teachers Programme. Nikki has two degree's in Contemporary Theatre Practice and Education. Since working at the school she has set up and run courses in Dance, Expressive Arts and Creative & Media. She progressed to leading the school's Performing & Visual Arts Specialism before taking on the role of Associate Head Teacher two years ago. Nikki is now delighted to be in her new role as Deputy Head of Secondary, she is currently studying for her NPQSL and continues to enjoy learning. In her spare time, Nikki enjoys reading and travelling to different countries. 

Lindsay Skinner BA (Hons) PGCE
Head of Curriculum Development and Standards

Lindsay has worked in five secondary schools in the south west. She began her career in Totnes and has had a variety of leadership posts, both curriculum and pastoral roles. Lindsay specialises in English and raising attainment across all GCSE subjects, balancing her time between being a member of the Academy leadership team and working for PiXL, as part of their English Executive and as an Associate. She also works nationally as a consultant, focusing on school improvement and English grammar. In her limited spare time, Lindsay enjoys writing and watching live music.                                                  

Claire Luce BA (Hons) PGCE                                                                     Deputy Head of Primary

Claire is a local girl who grew up just outside of Bridgwater on the family farm and attended school in Taunton. She gained a BA (Hons) in Physical Recreation from the University College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth and went on to complete her teacher training at Rolle College in Exmouth.

After a successful placement at Sedgemoor Manor Junior School in 2000, she secured a job as a teacher of Year 5 and has never looked back! She has predominantly taught in KS2 over the last 15 years but has had some time out to travel and to have her three children.

In 2013 Claire was promoted to Year 5/6 leader and in September 2015 she began her new role as Deputy Head of the primary phase.

In her spare time she enjoys having fun with her family, watching rugby and travelling. She also enjoys running and has completed the Bath, Taunton and Bridgwater Half Marathons. 

Georgina Farmer BEd                                                                             Assistant Head Teacher (Primary)

Georgina grew up in Somerset, not far from Bridgwater, and gained her BEd teacher training qualification at Plymouth University. 

After graduating, Georgina secured a job at the Academy upon conversion in 2012 where she taught a mixed Year 1/2 class. After this, she moved across to the Quantock Campus to teach Year 3 and the following year was promoted to Phase Leader of Year 3 and 4 in September 2014. In September 2017, she began her new role of Assistant Head of Key Stage Two. 

When not working, Georgina enjoys the beach, boating, long walks with her dog and spending time with family and friends.