Neil is the driving force behind BET. In 2013, just four years after his appointment as Headteacher, Bohunt Liphook was rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and named Secondary and Overall School of the Year by the Times Educational Supplement the following year. As a National Leader of Education and Chair of the TESLA Teaching School Alliance, Neil has worked on a multitude of school improvement projects, mainly supporting schools in challenging circumstances and in areas of deprivation.
Neil is a regular speaker at national and international events and is passionate about the quality of educational experience and opportunity within the state sector. Neil believes that an impoverished start in life is no excuse for an impoverished future and since BET’s inception in 2014, he has championed two new schools’ openings in Worthing and Wokingham, overseen Priory School in Southsea and TPS in Petersfield joining BET and the opening of Bohunt Sixth Form in Liphook.
Shortlisted for Headteacher of the Year, Neil is a former member of the National Steering Group for Languages and is currently Chair of Governors at a local primary school and a practising Ofsted Inspector.
Phil joined BET in 2010 having previously worked at the BBC and Boots plc. His passion is for building an education system that enables students to achieve outstanding grades and be ‘game changers’, innovators and leaders.
Phil is known for his commitment to the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning. He’s responsible for BET’s cross-Trust curriculum and assessments, and has driven major BET projects including and designing a new STEM curriculum in partnership with industry. Named STEM Leader of the Year in 2013, Phil is a Sinnott Fellow, and actively engaged in a number of key research projects across the Trust.
Phil believes outdoor learning is central to student development and is as likely to be found up a mountain with students as he is in classrooms across the Trust. He’s led hugely popular and ambitious student expeditions to locations such as Greenland, the remote Himalayas and Kyrgyzstan; he’s also involved in research into the impact of the outdoors in conjunction with the Universities of Kent and Lancaster, as well as the Frederick Soddy Trust. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Phil sits on its Education Committee Data Advisory Board. He’s also a Winston Churchill Fellow.
Victoria joined BET in 2108 having previously worked in IT Distribution as General Manager, Sales and Marketing, and for 12 years in Ethical Investment Research as Global Head of Sales where she worked with fund managers, wealth managers, religious organisations and charities. She started working in the education sector 3 years ago running the non-curriculum side of a school where she gained hands-on experience of school finance, premises and facilities management, HR, health and safety and policy.
Victoria has led teams globally, focusing on commercial growth in a not-for-profit environment driving the ethical investment agenda forward in each region. She has appeared in the Financial Times, Charity Times and Third Sector as well as writing blogs and being a regular speaker at events and panels. She has been a Trustee of various charities.
Victoria has always had a keen interest in education as there is a history of education in her family. Her Grandfather was Director of Studies for the British India Steam Navigation Company’s Ships for schools, an organisation that took over 1 million 11-17-year-old boys from the East End of London on educational cruises around the Mediterranean between 1961 and 1982.
As COO, Victoria is responsible for all operational matters across Bohunt Education Trust to ensure the best performance of all functions and to support the teaching and learning environment.
Rachael joined BET in 2016, coming from a background in the fast growing leisure industry, most notably The Gym Group. This 24-hour budget gym grew from 6 sites across the country to 76, and transitioned into a PLC in 2015.
Rachael’s role as Finance Manager during this period enabled her to gain a wealth of experience in creating and managing a growing team; liaising with stakeholders across the business; and establishing appropriate processes and controls. She also developed a passion for breaking down internal barriers, and improving communication between Finance and all other departments.
An award winning CIMA qualified Management Accountant, Rachael wanted to continue to work in an environment which would be challenging and rewarding. Joining BET has proved to fulfil both of those criteria, and she is very excited to take on the role of Acting Director of Finance in 2017.
Isabel joined BET in September 2016 having previously worked in generalist HR roles for Mars, Harvey Nichols and most recently Allianz Insurance. She sees the purpose of HR in the Trust as enabling both the organisation and individuals to achieve.
The HR team is responsible for developing and implementing people policy and practice which supports everyone working at BET to deliver the best possible outcomes for students. They also assist in creating an environment where individuals can grow and develop in their roles and careers, whilst enjoying coming to work!
Nigel joined BET in 2012 having previously worked at The Home Office and a stint as a Head of Mathematics. He has a passion for impactful data that is useful for all tiers of educators, he is a strong believer that data is only useful if you act on what it tells you. Nigel has developed a bespoke Assessment without Levels system that is used across BET in Key Stage 3 called Bohunt Standards that enables all schools to know who the students are that are underperforming.
Nigel’s other passion is for New Technologies and the impact it can have on learning and teaching. He leads the implementation of two one-to-one iPad learning programmes at Bohunt Worthing, and Bohunt Wokingham. In 2015, Nigel was recognised as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and in 2017 became a member of the Apple Regional Training Centre Advisory Board.
Simon has been working at Bohunt School, Liphook since September 2007. Having started as an NQT within the PE department, Simon was promoted to subject leader of CoPE and held pastoral middle leadership posts before applying for the position of SENCo. Since completing his National SENCo Accreditation qualification, Simon has been in post at Bohunt School and helped to establish the Support for Learning department at Worthing and also at Wokingham.
Simon is passionate about ensuring the best outcomes for students identified with special educational needs and actively seeks opportunities for students to succeed and remove the barriers to learning experienced. Simon’s vision for special educational needs across the trust is to ensure that SEND is viewed as a key priority by all staff and that ‘All teachers are teachers of SEND’.
Simon also plays an active role in safeguarding at Bohunt School and is the designated teacher for looked after pupils. Simon has recently been successful in becoming a select member of the MAT SEND Leadership Programme, which is part of the Whole School SEND (affiliated to the London Leadership Strategy).
Sheila has taught in a number of schools and was a whole school NQT mentor at a school in East Yorkshire. She came to Bohunt School as Head of English in 2003 and has been a whole school NQT Teaching and Learning mentor since 2008; the programme consistently achieving a top rating from Hampshire. Sheila has run a range of research projects focusing on issues such as effective homework, setting, marking and assessment and ITT.
Sheila has achieved Bohunt’s highest GCSE English results ever (93%) during her time as Head of English. She has been Head of the Communications Faculty since 2011 and between 2015 – 16 was an Assistant Headteacher, in charge of cross-Trust coordination of curriculum and assessments for all subjects.
Since September 2016, Sheila has been Director of English for BET and believes in high standards and high challenges for all students as a core expectation across BET schools. Sheila believes that the process of learning is as important as the final product and that the English language is wondrous and constantly evolving and can be crafted and moulded in all sorts of imaginative, playful and powerful ways.
Sheila is driven by the desire to see students armed with the cognitive tools and emotional intelligence to help them succeed in life. She believes that enjoyment and inspiration are as crucial to learning as attainment and that they are often the key to success.
Polly joined BET in 2015 from a career in PR and communications across health, charity, corporate and consumer sectors, working for clients including innocent drinks and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Passionate about writing and education, Polly is a qualified English teacher, with four years’ experience teaching in secondary schools across the south coast.
Polly’s role is varied – from internal and external marketing and communications, including website management and social media to managing the CEO’s calendar and organising cross-Trust events. She enjoys the daily challenges and flexibility of working in an expanding MAT and the excitement of working with a huge variety of audiences.
Shortlisted for ‘Best New Blog’ in the UK’s biggest parenting awards, 2016, Polly is a writer, tutor of English, marathon runner and former member of the National Union of Journalists and the PRCA.
Marketa joined BET in November 2016 as an administrator. She deals with various administrative and clerical tasks across The Trust as well as managing the Director of Education’s calendar. She previously worked in a private physio. practice and at a language school abroad.
She has been inspired by BET’s focus on Outdoor Education and recently attended The Trust Adventure Training weekend enabling her to be a DofE volunteer/leader – Marketa loves being outdoors whether it’s walking, running or cycling.