Neil is the driving force behind BET. In 2013, just four years after his appointment as Headteacher, Bohunt School in 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, TPS in Petersfield and The Costello School in Basingstoke joining BET, the opening of Bohunt Sixth Form in Liphook and the imminent opening of Bohunt Horsham in September 2019.
Shortlisted for Headteacher of the Year, Neil is a former member of the National Steering Group for Languages and is a practising Ofsted Inspector.
Phil joined BET in 2010 having 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 is 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 several key research projects across the Trust.
Phil believes outdoor learning is central to student development and is as likely to be found up mountains with students as he is in classrooms across the Trust. He has led ambitious student expeditions to locations such as Greenland, the remote Himalayas and Kyrgyzstan. He has also been 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 is also a Winston Churchill Fellow.
Victoria joined BET in 2018, having 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, 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 after a spell in 2017 as Acting Director of Finance, she was promoted to CFO.
Isabel joined BET in September 2016 having previously worked in 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 worked at The Home Office and as a Head of Mathematics. He has a passion for impactful data that is useful for all tiers of educators and is a strong believer in data only being 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. In November 2018, Nigel and Assistant Headteacher at Bohunt Worthing, Paul Jones, were headline speakers at the Schools and Academies Show, focusing on innovation in the classroom.
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.
Shortly after joining BET, Polly took on a dual role of EA/Director of Comms. responsible for everything from internal and external marketing and communications including branding, reputation and change management, media relations and the Trust’s magazine ‘BETTER Times’ as well as website development and social media – to managing the CEO’s calendar and organising cross-Trust events. Now solely Director of Communications, Polly provides best practice resources to BET schools and ensures Trust-wide news is widely communicated to all stakeholders. 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, English tutor, 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.
Liz joined the BET in 2016; responsible for developing the Duke of Edinburgh Award as part of the Outdoors programme. Building on the fantastic success of DofE at Bohunt Liphook, Liz launched the D of E across all schools within BET; which is the only MAT in the South of England to Hold an OA DofE Licence. The cornerstone of the BET Outdoors programme; BET now has over 1000 students participating in the award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels; with over 200 DofE trained staff and the highest award completion rates in the South East Region. Over each academic year D of E accounts for over 60 expeditions and trips to a wide range of destinations from the South Downs and New forest to Wales, the Lake District and France.
A passionate advocate of the importance of Outdoors Education and the significant impact it can have on the growth and wellbeing of students, staff, parents, volunteers and wider communities. Liz organises a range of staff training events throughout the year; Kayak and Mountain Biking training days, Expedition training in the Peak District, Outdoors First Aid and D of E assessor courses. She has also been successful in gaining over £60,000 of funding which has enabled each school to have their own brand new kit stores for expeditions and has also funded student clubs and volunteer projects developing green spaces and allotment areas.
Prior to joining BET, Liz worked as a D of E Manager for a MAT(2012-2016); Running Gold D of E award expeditions to Yorkshire Dales and Moors, Wales, Lake District and Dartmoor, EVC trained; working with Governors and Senior Leaders to assess and advise the safety and risk assessments of all trips, creating processes to adhere to health and safety guidelines and off-site safety checks of activity providers and delivering staff training. Completing the outstanding teaching programme (2013); in addition to this role, she also worked as Head of Department for RE (2013-2016) gaining some of the highest results at GCSE and A-Level within the school, Lead Practitioner for RS(2013) and Leader of Teaching and Learning within the school (2013-2015).
Liz is also the KS4 RS BET coordinator and full-time classroom teacher of Philosophy at Bohunt Liphook. She is also looking forward to her support her first Big expedition; supporting 12 Bohunt students across the Himalayas this summer as part of the Outdoors programme at the BET.
Trevor joined BET in 2018, responsible for the Trust’s Outdoor Learning programme. Since joining, Trevor has launched the Outdoor Classrooms initiative and champions bushcraft sessions in schools across the Trust with an emphasis on mental health and well-being.
An ardent mountaineer and climber, he has championed the use of the climbing wall at Bohunt Wokingham and run adventure staff training days, which have included an ML training weekend in Snowdonia and outdoor climbing.
Prior to joining BET, Trevor worked as the Development Manager for the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, supporting existing units in target communities in the South of England and creating new units through the government’s Cadet Expansion Programme. He was responsible for significant new opportunities for young people to get involved in adventurous activities. Trevor has also spent several years as Expedition Leader and Programme Facilitator for World Challenge.
Gary has a proven record of success in school improvement and culture change. Having enjoyed two spells as Acting Headteacher at City Academy Norwich (CAN) and The Costello School, Gary is BET’s ‘Head of Virtual School’. Gary’s role is focused on the improvement of outcomes for disadvantaged students across Bohunt Education Trust. The mission of the Virtual School is: every child; same chance.
The purpose of the Virtual School role is to ensure that all students, regardless of starting point, can develop the knowledge, skills and cultural capital that will enable them to achieve highly – through a curriculum that is challenging, engaging and appropriate.
The Virtual School strategy sets the direction-of-travel for many aspects of the Trust’s strategic improvement, feeding in directly to school, subject and trust improvement plans. The commitment and buy-in across the Trust has been phenomenal, at all levels of schools’ leadership.