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Ethos Statement
Vision and Values

The Academy provides education and support for pupils who are at risk of being, or have been, permanently excluded from primary schools. It works with pupils to identify and remove barriers to learning in order that where possible they can return to a mainstream school or to access specialist school settings.

Academy staff are dedicated, caring professionals who provide unconditional support and positively challenge pupils to be the best they can be. Staff set about to use their experience, passion, commitment and everything in their power to ensure that children can flourish, feel safe, feel good about themselves and to ensure they have every opportunity to learn socially and academically.

BTA converted to an academy on 1 September 2014 and is managed by Bromley Educational Trust. It is therefore an entirely new school. However, the previous school’s last inspection report can be found here. It is important to note that, as BTA is a new school, which has not yet been inspected, the inspection judgments of the previous school are not about BTA.


Caroline Jolliff
Member and Trustee of Bromley Educational Trust

Caroline worked in retail management and HR, before joining BEC/BTEC/Edexcel, now Pearson, for 31 years in roles including: recruitment allocation, training and management of all moderators; leading on developing BTEC Common Skills competences (precursor to Key Skills); leading on vocational qualification development across all sectors at all levels; managing the organisation’s NVQ portfolio, negotiating with Sector Skills Councils and funding agencies. During that time she also led, managed and developed individuals and teams of all sizes. She undertook process design and monitoring essential to ensure the quality and rigor of the curriculum and any work undertaken with regulators or government bodies.

Frank Toop MBE

Frank lives in Bromley and was a governor of Orpington College for nine years, chairing the Finance Committee for most of that time. He is a qualified accountant and has spent his working life in higher education, primarily at City University London. He was Director of Resources there until 2008 and was also University Secretary with a responsibility for governance. He was a member of the Audit Committees of Goldsmiths College, University of London.

John Moss

Member and Trustee of Bromley Educational Trust

John Moss is Dean of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University.  After teaching in comprehensive schools for 10 years he joined the University and oversees Early Years, Childhood and Education Studies and the Lifelong Learning Sector (including an extensive Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector programme and the University's 14-19 PGCE programme, which uniquely provides combined school and Further Education College accreditation for teachers). John is a longstanding member of Universities Council for the Education of Teachers and the National Association for the Teaching of English and has substantial experience in school governance. He is currently Chair of the Dover Christ Church Academy Trust Board, a Director of the Valley Invicta Academy Trust, and a Trustee of the Diocese of Canterbury Aquila Trust, as the University’s representative on the Diocesan Board of Education. John has joined the Trust as one of the UTC sponsors.

Sam Parrett OBS
Trustee and CEO, Bromley Educational Trust

Sam is a Trustee and the CEO of Bromley Educational Trust. She is also Principal and CEO of London South East Colleges following the merger of Bromley College with the former Bexley College and Greenwich Community College.

Sam was appointed Principal of Bromley College in 2011 and oversaw its first merger with Orpington College in 2013. This consisted of a major transformation to align the college’s curriculum and services to meet the needs of the local community. As a result, academic and financial performance improved dramatically – leading to Bromley College, under Sam’s leadership, being in prime position to head-up the country’s first three-way college merger in August 2016.

Sam was previously the Vice Principal at City College Plymouth and Assistant Principal at Bracknell and Wokingham Colleges.

Peter Reeves

Trustee (Vice Chair of Trust Board)

Peter worked in further education from 1982. He held teaching and managerial posts at Northwest Kent and Mid Kent Colleges, joining Bromley College in 1999 where he had posts of Head of School, International Business Manager, Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of HE.

Angela Hands
Trustee (Chair of Trust Board)

Angela was a director at the National Audit Office where she had responsibility for preparing reports to parliament on a range of issues including local government and education.

During her career she has also worked as a director and chief executive in the NHS.

Angela joined the governing body of Orpington College in 2005 and was the chair for three years until 2011 when the College merged with Bromley College. Angela was the first chair of the merge Bromley College of Further and Higher Education from 1 August 2011 to July 2013.

Jo Southby

 Jo is the executive head of New Horizons Federation in Bexley, which provides co-ordination and develops a coherent and effective outreach provision through close collaboration and improved services offered to SEBD pupils and their families across the borough. It covers a full spectrum of services and provision for children with minor or short term difficulties, to those with long term and severe and complex needs. A number of pupils also have needs that cover a range of issues including education, youth offending, social and family problems. Jo was previously headteacher at North West Kent Alternative Provision Service, a cross phase pupil referral unit catering for pupils covering a wide geographical area in North West Kent.

Corinne Botten

Corinne is the Chair of Governors at New Horizons Federation in Bexley, which provides services for SEBD pupils and their families in the borough. Her career was as a secondary teacher in Kent, Croydon and Bromley -specialising in creative arts and English -before taking up the Headship of Westwood College, a mixed secondary school in Bexley, in 2003. She retired in 2012 and has been Chair of New Horizons Governors since its inception. Corinne and is committed to the provision of high quality educational opportunities for students with Special Educational Needs

Joanne Power

Tracy Russell


Tracy was a secondary school teacher and senior leader in schools in Wandsworth, Croydon and Greenwich for over 20 years. She is now the Senior Assistant Director responsible for school improvement (Early Years, Primary and Secondary), Governors services, Special Educational Needs, including a range of Outreach Services and Educational Psychologists, the Professional Development Centre and the training programme for schools and Children’s Services and the Virtual School for Looked After Children in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Tracy lives in Bromley.

Stephen Howlett


Rhona Sapsford
Co-opted Trustee

Rhona Sapsford has been working within the SEND sector for over 23 years, 19 of which have been at Bromley College/London South East Colleges. During her career at LSEC, Rhona has been instrumental in the redevelopment of the SEND curriculum within the Nido Volans Centre, personalising the learning for young people with severe to complex needs, and implementing the changes highlighted within the Children and Families Act and associate Code of Practice. In her current role as Assistant Principal SEND & Foundation Learning, she is responsible for ensuring that all SEND programmes across LSEC offer the same high level experience for all learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

David Lambert

Co-opted Trustee

David joined Bromley College 13 years ago, starting as Head of Construction and Engineering before progressing to his current position within London South East Colleges. Before starting his career in Further Education, David worked in construction, serving an apprenticeship as a carpenter before moving into site and project managemen