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Staff

Our Team

Ms Gouldthorpe

Headteacher

 

Mr Frost

Assistant Headteacher

I am looking forward to getting to know all of the students starting their learning journeys with us at Bullers Wood School for Boys.  It will be an exciting time for both staff and students alike as we establish our new school, and it is an opportunity I am thrilled to be a part of.  We put learning at the forefront of all that we do, whether that be learning in the classroom, the football pitch or the stage, and I value our ethos that encourages everyone to achieve their best in every pursuit, academic or extra-curricular.

I am an experienced Teacher of Science and Computer Science and keenly anticipate imbuing our students with a love for these subjects.  Science underpins so much of the modern world we live in, whilst Computer Science is vital to understanding the digital age; I am privileged to be teaching these subjects to the next generation of budding chemists and coders.  As a Google Certified Trainer I enjoy using the latest in Google’s suite of classroom-supporting programmes in my teaching.

Outside school I enjoy climbing and mountaineering, having climbed various peaks in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, as well as hiking regularly in the UK.  My highest peak yet is the 6,088m Huayna Potosi in Bolivia.  I am also a keen swimmer and more recently have ventured into open water swimming, competing in ‘VoTwo’ 3.8 km events and 10k races in the Olympic rowing venue at Dorney Lake, Eton.

 

 

 

Mrs McCarthy

Office Manager and PA to the Headteacher

I have worked at Bullers Wood School for 10 years and I am really excited about moving to the Boys School in September.

In my spare time I like to potter in my garden and spend time with my family.

Mr Thornton

Head of Year, Teacher of PE

 

Mr Jackson

Head of English

I am Mr Jackson and I am really looking forward to my new role as Head of English at Bullers Wood School For Boys. For the past twenty years I have been teaching English, Media and Film at KS3 KS4 and KS5 at Forest Hill School in Lewisham. This is a large comprehensive, non-selective school. It is an all-boys school at KS3 and KS4 with a mixed 6th Form. Over the years I have had many roles of responsibility at the school; my final role being that of Head of Faculty.

I loved my time working at Forest Hill School , within a successful and dedicated English Department. However, it is a privilege to be offered the opportunity and challenge to run the English Department at Bullers Wood School For Boys.

I am passionate about sharing my love of English, in particular making the wealth and depth of an adventurous broad English curriculum accessible to all. Hopefully, I can foster this passion for the subject in others.

I have to confess that I am guilty of buying too many books and films. And these have started to form large piles at home; much to the annoyance of my wife! I love going to the theatre, in particular the National Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse. I also strongly believe poetry, in its many forms, is a fantastic form of expression but often gets overlooked due to a ‘bad press’.

I enjoy all sports, but especially Football and Cricket. I help to coach two of the junior football teams at FC Elmstead. I specialise in coaching the most important position on the pitch; the goal keepers! Running is my opportunity for head- space time.

I am also a guitarist who has gravitated from playing in noisy rock bands to, for the past few years, assuming bass-duties in a 60’s/70’s RnB/ Northern-Soul band.

I have lived in Chislehurst for 15 years and try to keep my allotment tidy, for which I try, mostly unsuccessfully, to enlist the help of my three sons!

 

Mr Macharia

Teacher of Maths

Hello, my name is Mr. Macharia, Maths teacher at Bullers Wood School for boys. The interest for the subject began as early as in year 2, and after a few years doing business, the love and compassion for mathematics compelled me to go to Goldsmiths’ University College London where I did a BSc Maths, Statistics, and Computing degree. Since then I have been teaching mathematics for the last 13 years. I have taught all years and abilities from Year 7 to Advanced level. Some of my students have progressed on to study Medicine, Maths, Science, Law, the Arts and Teaching. Mathematics requires resilience and determination, and it will benefit you immensely if you persevere through a mathematical problem for days or weeks, and each time you are trialling the correct formulae in order to get the correct solution, rather than googling for an instant answer. In the future, I hope to study the application of mathematics in Medical field and my idol is a mathematician by the name of Gauss.

Maths is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical research, and problem-solving skills. Not only will studying maths equip you with knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, it will also enable you to develop logic in order to address everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets, debating effectively and even tackling simple real-life tasks like working out how much to spend on carpeting your house. On numerous occasions, students have asked me about the origins of mathematics, but my reply has been that it is a collection of efficient methods of tackling problems with the help of numbers and letters.

When not solving problems, I do enjoy watching competitive sports i.e. football, boxing, rugby, and tennis. Apart from games, I do fancy watching non- fiction films and documentaries. On beautiful sunny days, which are rare, a visit to the local park is unavoidable. I am hoping that my joining of Bullers Wood School for boys will also resurrect the motivation to attend the local gym.

 

Mrs Willis

Head of Science

I am Mrs Willis, Head of Science at Bullers Wood School for Boys. For the past 6 years I have taught science at Bullers Wood School for Girls where for 4 of these years I was Key Stage 4 Coordinator. I graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and after spending 8 years working in banking and finance and a further 7 years in the criminal law sector I decided to reignite my love for science and so trained as a teacher of science.

As a science teacher, I enjoy sharing my passion for my subject with young people, enabling students the opportunity to inquire and be curious about the science that surrounds them. Whether it be the biological processes that happen without conscious thought, understanding why the materials that we use daily have the useful properties they do or how and why objects move and interact with one another. The realms of science are so broad, almost limitless, I challenge any young person not to be able to find an aspect of science that fires their interest and imagination!

Outside of teaching, I enjoy sport, particularly running – in 2017 I fulfilled a childhood desire to run the London Marathon and am now cycling more as both my children and husband are keen cyclists. I very much enjoy reading when the opportunity arises, particularly fiction set in the Middle or Far East.

 

Mr Collins

Head of PE

I am Mr Collins and I am delighted and honoured to be the Head of PE and Sport at Bullers Wood School for Boys.  I am looking forward to the role immensely and I am passionate about making PE and Sport at Bullers Wood for Boys an enjoyable experience for all.  I also want Bullers Wood for Boys to be competitive against other Schools especially those in the Borough of Bromley in a variety of Sports. I believe that Sport can install confidence and self-esteem amongst students and can also work on other key skills such as communication and team work.  Therefore, PE and Sport is a vital role in any successful School.

I have been teaching for thirteen years and for twelve of those I have been the Head of PE at Bonus Pastor Catholic College in Lewisham.  Therefore, I bring experience to the role at Bullers Wood School for Boys. I have enjoyed my time immensely at Bonus Pastor Catholic College but it is now time for a new chapter in my teaching career.  Starting PE and Sport in a new School is not without its challenges but is an extremely exciting role and I can’t wait to get going.

Away from my School life I of course enjoy taking part in and watching many different Sports. My favourite Sports are Football, Rugby and Cricket and I am an avid Chelsea fan!  I keep myself fit and healthy through cycling and chasing after my twin girls! I also enjoy reading sporting biographies to gain an insight into the minds of top sportsmen and sportswomen.

 

Mrs Basilico

SENCO & Designated Safeguarding Lead

I am Mrs Basilico, the SENCO of Bullers Wood School For Boys.

 I am Italian with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature. I started my career as a teacher in 1997 teaching Italian   to professionals and then I moved into the secondary school system. I am a teacher with 20 years’ experience. My experience varies from teaching Modern foreign languages to English Language and Literature.  I was EAL coordinator before moving to Bullers Wood School for Boys.

Having recently pursued the SENCO Qualification Award with Wolverhampton University through the Harris Federation, I have developed a passion for inclusion and students with special educational needs. The aspiration of making a positive impact on children’s learning drove me towards this profession; what I want is to increase our students’ desire to learn and to enable them to become independent life- long learners. Throughout my career, I have enjoyed working with colleagues to improve on best practice and reflect on my own.

In my spare time, I enjoy running and listening to music, going to the theatre and museums.

In my opinion, the teaching profession remains the noblest of all professions; with one of the most rewarding moments of my career proving this: when a student said to me” Thank you Miss, for not giving up on me”.

 

 

Mrs Greig

Teacher of Art & DT & Food technology

I am Mrs Greig, Teacher of Art and Design Technology at Bullers Wood School for Boys.

I graduated as an Art and Design Teacher in 1997 and began teaching across Art as well as Design Technology.  I taught all subjects and disciplines in this area, but have specialised most recently in Textiles and Food Technology. I have been teaching in secondary schools for 21 years.

Outside of teaching I enjoy reading and like to run and swim. I am slowly learning some Spanish, and enjoy baking with my children and visiting Museums and Galleries.

 

Through Art and Design Technology I hope to engage young people in the historical and contemporary visual arts so they become confident artists and designers, and to increase their knowledge and expertise in these subject areas.  

Why teach Art and Design Technology?  

It is vital for our young people to engage in Art, Design and Technology so they learn to think and act as artists, makers and designers, working creatively and intelligently. I want them to develop an appreciation of Art, Design and Technology and learn as critical consumers, audiences and producers who have an understanding of the role that creative and cultural industries have in shaping and enriching their lives.

 

Ms Tapinassi

Teacher of Spanish