Bridgwater College Academy

Bridgewater College Academy

Bridgwater College Academy

Dream, believe, achieve.

Leadership Team

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 Teacher (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.

Paul Coombes BA (Hons)
Deputy Head Teacher (Behaviour)

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                                                                                       Deputy Head Teacher

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.            

Gregg Mockeridge BA (Hons)                                                                    Deputy Head Teacher

Gregg is Bridgwater born and bred. He attended Exeter University from 1995-1999 obtaining a joint honours degree in mathematics with education. Since then he has taught at a variety of schools in Devon and Somerset, most recently as Deputy Head Teacher at West Somerset College focussed on raising standards. Gregg is currently studying for his NPQH qualification. When not at work Gregg enjoys cycling and spending time with his family. Gregg is currently undergoing motorcycle training as part of his midlife crisis.       


Lauren Palmer BA Hons, PGCE                                                        Assistant Head Teacher 

Lauren gained a 2:1 in English Literature from the University of Lancaster in 2004. She then moved back to the West Country to gain a secondary PGCE from the University off Bath in 2005. Upon successful completion she began working at the Academy as an NQT later the same year.

Lauren has taught GCSE and A level Media Studies as well as drama but she specialises in English and is an examiner for GCSE English Literature. 

Throughout the course of her career she has undertaken a variety of pastoral and curriculum leadership roles but she is passionate about raising standards and teaching and learning.

Lauren is also a devout Ravenclaw and is enthused by all things from the world of Harry Potter                 

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. 

Faith Harrell

MEd, BA (Hons) QTS, PG Cert SEDDCO

Assistant Head Teacher: Inclusion

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.