Bridgwater College Academy

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.               

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.)

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!

Peter Foster BA Hons, MEd

Peter qualified to teach in Bristol in 2010 and soon after completed his Masters in Education at Bristol University.  This course gave peter a passion for reading widely about education and for investigating what strategies work best in the classroom.  Peter initially worked at the Academy between 2012 and 2016 as an English teacher and second in charge of English.  For four years he worked as a Head of English at a school in Taunton before returning to the Academy at the start of 2020.  As Academy Leader, he now leads on teaching, learning and curriculum across the Academy.  In his spare time, Peter enjoys reading, spending time with his family and cooking.

Marie Marchant Bsc (hons) Assistant Headteacher - Achievement, Data & Standards EYFS - Year 6

Marie graduated in 1999 from Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education with a degree in Sport Science and Psychology.  After travelling for several years, she then completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (ages 5 - 11) at the University of Gloucestershire.  She had several teaching positions in Gloucestershire before moving to Tenerife to teach at a British school.  Following that, she moved to Dubai and taught in both local and British curriculum schools; it is here that she first stepped into middle leadership.  After returning to Somerset to start a family, Marie worked at Eastover Primary, St Mary's Primary and most recently she moved from Cannington Primary in January 2020; where she was Deputy Headteacher.  Marie is currently completing her NPQH to develop her skills in leadership and strategic planning.

Jennifer Jones BScEcon (Hons), MSc – Assistant Headteacher

Jen completed a degree in Politics at Cardiff University and a Masters in European Governance at the University of Bristol before training to be a teacher through TeachFirst in 2013. Jen taught for 7 years at Orchard School Bristol as an English teacher, then Second in English, before becoming Head of English in 2016. During this time, she also completed her NAML and NPQSL qualifications, worked as an AQA Examiner for English Language and English Literature, and continued to work with TeachFirst as an Associate Tutor supporting the training of new participants. In 2020, Jen joined the Academy as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for English, Reading and Literacy. In her spare time, Jen enjoys reading, travelling, amateur dramatics, and spending time with friends and family.

Laura Dibble BA (Hons) Assistant Headteacher

Laura joined the Academy in 2011 and has a degree in Early Years Care and Education. She started working at Sedgemoor Manor Infant School as a Learning Support Assistant, with a focus on leading EAL interventions. In 2013, Laura completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary) and returned to the Academy as a teacher in a mixed Year 1 and 2 class. She became Key Stage One Phase Leader in 2017 and has recently become Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Phonics and Early Reading. Laura continues to teach as part of the Year 2 team. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, indulging in afternoon tea, and spending time with her family and friends.