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.

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 Hofstad 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!

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.