Mr Edmonds was appointed as Headteacher of Brannel School in July 2013. He has significant experience of successfully implementing school improvement strategies in schools facing challenging circumstances. His previous roles include Deputy Headteacher at a secondary school in Norfolk, Curriculum and Improvement Adviser for Norfolk County Council, mathematics teacher at secondary schools in Norfolk and Devon. Mr Edmonds holds a BSc (Ed) Hons in Educational Studies & Mathematics from the University of Exeter and the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).
Mr Edmonds holds values at the heart of his practice and regards educational leadership as a privilege and opportunity to make a lasting difference to a community. He has challenging and high expectations of students, of staff, and of himself. He believes that education should provide for young people a range of opportunities designed to increase both life chances and life choices. He is committed to ensuring that every student at Brannel School achieves their individual potential academically and is well prepared for the challenges of life beyond school.
Mr Marc Cooper
Mr Cooper was appointed to Brannel School in April 2015. An experienced school leader, prior to taking up his post at Brannel he was Assistant Principal at Bideford College. Mr Cooper holds a BA (Hons) in European Theatre from Brunel University and a MA in Educational Leadership.
Mr Cooper believes that the promotion of strong values, optimism and responsibility are at the heart of a truly flourishing community. His teaching career has given him a deep insight into how children learn - and into how teachers can meet their needs whilst guiding and inspiring them to flourish. Mr Cooper focuses determinedly on encouraging students to be resilient, have curious minds, to embrace a love of learning, to build their self-esteem and establish their independence.
Mr Mark Goodwin
Mr Goodwin was appointed to Brannel School in January 2014. He started his teaching career in Manchester in 1996 and, prior to taking up his post at Brannel, was Head of Science at Redruth School in Cornwall for eight years. Mr Goodwin holds a BSc (Joint Hons) in Chemistry & Sport Science from Bangor University in North Wales.
Mr Goodwin is relentless in his ambition for young people and is constantly seeking new ways through which to provide opportunities for their future success. He is determined to put in place effective interventions to narrow the achievement gap and ensure that every child makes good progress. He is very much a 'hands on' school leader who thrives on being in the classroom, motivating and challenging teachers in order to ensure the quality of the learning experience for students.
Mr Neil Richards
Mr Richards joined Brannel School in January 2000 as a Teacher of Geography and PE. He then became Head of House and Transition Lead, co-ordinating the transition of Year 6 pupils from our local primary schools as they become Year 7 students at Brannel. He studied at Exeter University-School of Education and obtained a BA (Ed) Hons in Physical Education and Geography.
Mr Richards is Brannel's pastoral lead. He is proud to be part of a unique community of learners where every individual is celebrated for who they are and supported to be the best they can be. He believes that our students are at the heart of our daily work and are the reason we strive to be innovative, reflective and inspire the needs of all learners from reception to Post 16.
Ms Elizabeth Fletcher
School Business and Enterprise Manager
Ms Fletcher joined Brannel School in December 2013. She came to Brannel with 13 years' experience working for Cornwall Council, where she was responsible for strategic school place planning and commissioning major capital programmes and projects across Cornwall's schools' estate. These have included Cornwall Council's £30m annual schools' capital programme, £67.3m Private Finance Initiative grouped schools scheme, £18m Building Schools for the Future pathfinder proposal.
Ms Fletcher holds a BA (Joint Hons) in Philosophy & Literature from the University of Manchester, a PRINCE2 project management qualification and a Diploma in School Business Management. She believes that the business case for corporate social responsibility can be made; that not only is ethical behaviour in business life the right thing to do in principle, it pays off in financial returns. She is committed to developing an investment strategy for Brannel which recognises the interdependence between business and society and which is based on the premise that there is a positive relationship between corporate social performance and corporate financial performance.
Mrs Laura Hocking
Mrs Hocking joined Brannel School as Head of English in July 2015. She has taught in Cornwall for 12 years. She holds a BA (Joint Hons) in English Literature & Religious Studies from Cardiff University. Mrs Hocking grew up in the China Clay Community and is proud to be in a position to use education to engineer positive social change. She believes that education is absolutely crucial to the life chances of young people. She is passionate about delivering opportunities to develop our students spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. She strives to ensure that every one of them is treated as an individual, is encouraged to aim high and is prepared for life and work in modern Britain.
Mrs Vikki Rolls
Mrs Rolls joined Brannel School in 2004 and was Head of Performing Arts before taking on her current role as Special Education Needs Co-Ordinator. She holds a BMus (Hons) from the University of London. Mrs Rolls focuses on supporting teachers with strategies to try and help students make progress in class. A big part of her role is social, emotional and mental health: waiting lists are long, and children and families aren’t necessarily getting the support they need so it’s about working on an intermediate solution between external agencies, the school and parents. Mrs Rolls believes the role that schools play in promoting the resilience of their students is important, particularly so for some children where their home life is less supportive. Her priority is to ensure that Brannel is a safe and affirming place for children where they can develop a sense of belonging and feel able to trust and talk openly with adults about their problems.