Leadership Team

Nikki Doughty BA (Hons) - Senior Deputy Head Teacher (Secondary)


Nikki has worked at the Academy since 2002. Nikki has two degree's in Contemporary Theatre Practice and Education. Since working at the school she has taught courses in Dance, Expressive Arts and Creative & Media. She led the school's Performing & Visual Arts Specialism before progressing to the Deputy Head role in 2014. Last year Nikki took a secondment from Bridgwater College Academy to work at West Somerset College and to complete an Acting Headship at a school in Frome she is delighted to be returning to the Academy and her new role as Senior Deputy Head. She continues to enjoy learning and in her spare time Nikki enjoys reading and travelling to different countries.


Sam Finch B.Ed (Hons) - Senior Deputy Head Teacher (Primary) 

Sam has worked in this school for almost 25 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.

Paul Coombes BA (Hons) - Academy Leader Years 9 - 11

Ba (Hons) History first class.  Paul qualified as a teacher of English in 2009. He has held a variety of positions in the school: including Head of Year and Assistant Head Teacher. He has played a a key role in developing the PSHCE and pastoral systems and is currently lead for  behaviour..  In his save time he likes to play sport, and spend time with his family.    

Brigid Parker BEd - Academy Leader Years 5 - 8

Brigid’s career into education began when she completed her Arts Degree in 2002, majoring in English at Adelaide University.  From there, Brigid completed a Diploma of Secondary Education at the University of South Australia in 2004. After several years of teaching and touring Australia, Brigid decided to relocate for several years to the UK in order to pursue her love of travel and experiencing different cultures.  Settling in Somerset, Brigid joined Bridgwater College Academy in 2009: first as an English teacher, then a Head of Year, Assistant Head Teacher and now as a Deputy Head Teacher.  In 2018, Brigid completed her NPQSL, a challenge which was enjoyed and allowed Brigid to research new teaching strategies and ways to develop Aspirations in all learners.                   

Dan Neal BSc (Hons) Head of Achievement and Standards EYFS - Yr 11

Dan qualified as a teacher in 2006 from Southampton University after completing a BSc degree in Maths and Music. After a year teaching in Southampton, Dan moved to Somerset and Bridgwater College Academy in 2007 as a Maths teacher. He became head of Maths after this, followed by becoming the Raising Standards Lead for Secondary while completing his NPQSL. After a year spent at West Somerset College, one of the Trusts partner schools, he returned to the Academy to lead in a whole Academy role. When not teaching he can be found enjoying some of his passions, which include taking many holidays, improving his already large Lego collection or playing computer games (much to his wife’s dismay.)

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. 


Helen Stone - Assistant Head Teacher

 In 2004, Helen started working at the school, previously called Sedgemoor Manor Infants. Helen has a BEd (Hons) degree in Early Education from the University of Plymouth. In 2012 Helen achieved a post qualifying award and gained Early Years Professional Status. She has worked in a variety of roles over the last 15 years within the schools Early Years department namely nursery, Reception and year 1. She is now as an assistant head teacher. She is passionate about ensuring the youngest children in our school have the very best start to their school journey at the academy. Helen is really interested in international education and has had the opportunity to visit several early years settings in Poland, France and Sweden to learn about different educational systems and philosophies. 

In her spare time she loves to travel, shop, laugh, sew, bake and eat cake!


Faith Harrell MEd, BA (Hons) QTS, PG Cert SENDCo - Academy Leader Inclusion EYFS - Year 11

Faith decided to become a teacher whilst contemplating life on a backpacking trip around Australia and New Zealand. She graduated in 2004 with a BA (Hons) in Education (First Class) and has since worked in several schools in the region, including roles in the Primary, Middle and Secondary sectors. Faith believes that teachers are also learners and with that in mind, she studied for a Masters in Educational Leadership (Distinction) which she feels was a valuable and rewarding experience. Faith is Head of Inclusion and Secondary SENDCo at BCA and feels very passionately that all pupils, regardless of their starting points, should have access to a quality education. Faith is a keen musician, she studied Piano and Violin to Grade 8 whilst at school but now channels her musical energy into writing songs and pieces of music. In her spare time, she also enjoys walking the coastal paths of the South West, taking in rural Somerset and camping in remote places.