Leadership Team


Carl Atkin

Director of School Improvement and
Principal at The Brunts Academy

Mr Atkin studied music in Colchester and completed his PGCE at Bretton Hall. He started teaching in 1998 and has held a number of secondary school middle and senior leadership posts. Carl achieved Distinction at The Guardian East Midlands Teacher of the Year Awards in 2007 and was awarded Achievement for All Ambassador at the House of Lords in 2014. He joined the Brunts Academy in 2009 as an Assistant Headteacher, secured the Head of School role in 2013 and became Headteacher in May 2016.

Mr Atkin also develops policy, practice and processes to ensure robust and rigorous quality assurance that will lead to actions that ensure an outstanding quality of learning for all. Mr Atkin is also part of the Trust Central Team as Director of School Improvement where he oversees the Professional Learning Pathways, Pupil Premium, Learning Teaching and Research as well as undertaking specific work to support development needs in the Brunts, Beech, Harlow and Bramble Academies.


Stephen Schmidt

Deputy Headteacher - Quality of Education

Mr Schmidt studied Physical Education, Sports Science and Management at Loughborough University before completing his PGCE at Lancaster University. He started teaching in 1998 and has held a number of secondary school middle and senior leadership posts working in 2 other Academy Trusts.

Mr Schmidt has been part of 2 highly successful senior leadership teams, working within and leading both pastoral and academic aspects of school improvement. He has successfully completed his NPQH in support of this and is an experienced leader.

His passion include transforming the life chances for all pupils but especially for those overcoming challenging circumstances. Intervention planning, CPD and curriculum planning are all overseen by Mr Schmidt to help staff and students succeed.

Shaun Maye

Deputy Headteacher - Scholastic Excellence / SENCO

Mr Maye studied English Literature and Language at the University of Lincoln and later completed his PGCE at Nottingham Trent university in 2010.

He is an experienced Senior Leader and SENCO who holds his National Award for SEN Coordination, in which he achieved an A in his final assessment.

He is responsible for Scholastic Excellence across the academy and wants to ensure that every student achieves their potential and develops the skills needed to succeed and enjoy life.



Martin Fiddimore

Head of Post 16

Mr Fiddimore provides strategic and operational management of the Sixth Form at The Brunts Academy. This includes rigorous quality assurance of Post 16 teaching and learning to ensure an outstanding quality of learning for all Sixth Form students.

He has pastoral responsibility for students in Years 12 and 13 and ensures a comprehensive Guidance and Enrichment programme provides students with the skills and experiences to be successful in the next phase of their lives.

He also constructs relevant School Improvement Plan sections and monitors the impact of actions to ensure improved outcomes for students in the Sixth Form.



Mrs Loach

Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Loach studied Physical Education at the University of Bedfordshire and completed her training in 2009. She then went onto complete 2 years in a local secondary school, successfully completing her NQT and gaining a wide variety of experiences.

She then joined the British Army as a serving soldier where she spent 9 years as a Communications Operator within the Royal Corps of Signals, gaining many accolades for her outstanding contribution as a female serving soldier.

She re-joined the education sector in January 2020 and started work at the Brunts Academy in January 2021 as a Teacher of PE, then securing the Assistant Headteacher role.



Charlotte Davies

Assistant SENCO

Ms Davies is an experienced teacher and SENCO with a passion for supporting pupils with special educational needs. She works closely with the head teacher and other senior colleagues to manage provision in school and to provide support to other teachers.

Ms Davies is responsible for designing and delivering interventions with pupils in the classroom and implementing the school strategy. Develop and oversee the implementation of the school's SEN strategy and policy, carry out assessments of pupils with SEN to identify needs and monitor progress - including observations in the classroom and meeting with teachers and parents

Ms Davies will provide regular updates on pupil progress through written reports and meetings with parents as well as make referrals and liaise with professionals outside of the school, provide advice, guidance and training to classroom teachers on supporting pupils with SEN and support teachers to develop schemes of work and learning programmes for pupils with SEN



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