Quick Links

Quick Links

Orchard School Bristol



Senior Leadership Team

Headteacher - Ms Melanie Sweet

Ms Melanie Sweet, BA (Hons), FRSA, MCCT

I graduated from the University of South Wales with a degree in English, specialising in 'the unsaid' in feminist literature. I then completed a GTP, qualifying as an English teacher with a particular interest in Key Stage 5, where my first leadership role was initially as Subject Lead for A-level English Language and Literature. I have since held many Senior Leadership positions across a variety of schools in both Wales and England, including Head of Sixth Form, Assistant Headteacher 14-19, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning and two Trust-wide Deputy Headships, where my remits varied from leading Key Stage 3 curriculum to a MAT-wide Ethics curriculum and a super - and extra-curricular MAT-wide Character Academy. In 2020, I was nominated as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts for my commitment to, and work on, social justice in schools.

Senior Deputy Headteacher - Mr Angus Harrison

I was born in north Bristol and went to school here. After my A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics I studied Physics at Nottingham University and completed my PGCE through TeachFirst and Canterbury Christ Church University. I have a Masters in Educational Leadership from the Institute of Education, UCL. I taught in North and East London, gaining accreditation as a Specialist Leader of Education in Science and completing outreach across London boroughs of Hackney and Redbridge. I have a passion for CPD, and have delivered at the SSAT national conference, as well as being accredited to deliver and train for the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership. I firmly believe anyone can learn anything given the right environment. I have led as Deputy Head at 2 large state comprehensives in London and North Somerset prior to starting at Orchard, down the road from where I myself went to school.

Deputy Headteacher - Mr Dorian Coxon

Mr Dorian Coxon, BA (Hons), PGCE, MCCT, responsible for Inclusion

I studied a joint languages degree at Aberdeen University and have a passion for arts and culture especially abroad on mainland Europe. I completed my teacher training at Bristol University and stayed here, where I am pleased to serve our local community. I am currently Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion at Orchard School and have worked in a few different roles at this school for over 22 years. I arrived in September 1999 as Head of Modern Languages and fulfilled this role for 7 years, before being in charge of KS3 for Behaviour and Attendance and eventually being promoted to my current role. My role involves the strategic direction of Attendance, Behaviour, school culture and Safeguarding.

Assistant Headteacher  - Ms Sophie Alderson

Ms Sophie Alderson, BA (Hons), MA, PGCE, NPQSL, MCCT - responsible for Personal Development

I studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield and developed a passion for Gothic literature, film, and theatre. I went on to undertake a Master's degree at The University of the Arts London in European Classical Acting. I followed the School Direct route into teaching as an English teacher, moving into roles of responsibility such as Head of Department, Director of Faculty and Assistant Principal- Curriculum. I joined Orchard School Bristol as Assistant Headteacher for Personal Development in September 2022. I aim to engage broadly with academic research but am interested in the philosophy of curriculum design, student engagement and behavioural science.

 Assistant Headteacher - Mr Phil Edmonds

Mr Phil Edmonds, BA (Hons), QTS - responsible for behaviour and safeguarding

I graduated from the University of the West of England Bristol with a degree in Spanish and European Studies. After an extra year spent abroad, I returned to Bristol where I embarked on my teaching career, spending 12 years working as a teacher, Head of House and Faculty Lead for MFL at Orchard School Bristol. After 3 years working at another school, I am delighted to be serving the community at Orchard School Bristol once again, leading on behaviour and safeguarding. I am currently completing my NPQSL.

Assistant Headteacher  - Ms Alex Wickson

Ms Alex Wickson, BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH, MCCT - Responsible for Teaching & Learning, and staff professional development

I graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a BA (Hons) in Business Management and pursued a career in Marketing Management and Consultancy before re-training to teach in my late 20s. I have achieved the National Professional Qualification for Headship. My previous roles have always focused on enabling professional growth for the teaching communities I serve. Organisations I have worked with include The University of Gloucestershire, OLEVI, Odyssey Teaching Hub and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, predominantly carrying out research, designing and facilitating programmes of study for teachers and leaders. I also currently work for Ambition Institute as a Visiting Fellow. My main role at Orchard is to continue to support all colleagues to have the most effective evidence-based opportunities to continue to grow and provide the best educational experience for all our students.

Assistant Headteacher - Ms Fiona Fields

Ms Fiona Fields, BSc (Hons), MA, PGCE, NPQSL, MCCT- responsible for Attendance

I am a science teacher with a particular interest in human physiology and biochemistry. I have teaching and leadership experience across 2 schools in South Glos and Bristol. My leadership experience at my first school included Head of Year and Assistant Head of 6th form. I started at Orchard as Head of Science. My strategic responsibilities now as Assistant Headteacher include the pastoral and personal development of students, and working alongside Heads of Year to ensure a 360 approach to student progress. My leadership interests include positive behaviour management, academic and pastoral interventions and their impact and also teaching & learning strategies to enable students to make progress.

Assistant Headteacher - Mr Mat Grafton

Mr Mat Grafton, BSc (Hons), MSc, FCCT, CTeach - Head of Year 7

I gained an Applied Biology degree from Cardiff University and then followed this by completing an MSc in the Ecotoxicology of Natural Populations at the University of Reading. Following a period of employment in advertising and marketing, gaining Chartered Institute of Marketing qualifications I retrained as a teacher in 1997 at the University of the West of England, completing a PGCE in Secondary Science. I have since gained Chartered Teacher and Chartered Teacher (Leadership) qualifications through the Chartered College of Teaching. I am a member of the Senior Leadership team leading on Year 7/transition. My interests include assessment, the use of technology in education, mental health & wellbeing and transition.

SENDCo - Ms Beckie Shepherd

Ms Beckie Shepherd, BA (Hons), QTS, MCCT 

I have experience of leadership roles in 3 schools. I have led a whole school Business and Enterprise Specialism at my previous school, as well as having the role of Lead Learner with a focus on teaching and learning. I am an experienced curriculum leader, leading a large faculty made up of vocational subjects, social sciences and MFL. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to return to University to become a qualified SENDCo and love my role working with children with special educational needs and disabilities. I am now happy to be working at Orchard School in the role of SENDCo and as a member of the Senior Leadership team with responsibility for SEND, inclusion and staff wellbeing.  I am the Designated Teacher for Children in Care.

School Business Manager - Mr Andrew Lloyd

 Mr Andrew Lloyd, MAAT, AATQB

I have worked in education for the last 7 years being responsible for the financial elements whilst also studying for my accounting technician professional diploma. As a member of SLT, my responsibilities are to provide operational leadership and business management for the school. This includes, Finances, Premises, Facilities, Health and Safety, Income Generation, IT, Staffing and Administration, as well as management of all associate staff. I also have experience as a school governor.

Assistant Headteacher - Mr Stephen Bevan

 Mr Stephen Bevan, BA (Hons), MA, PGCE, PgDip responsible for Attendance

I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Humanities and then undertook my PGCE in Newcastle upon Tyne.  I have worked in secondary schools across Wales for almost 30 years and gained an MA in Educational Leadership. My Senior Leadership responsibilities included leading on attendance, wellbeing, behaviour, ALN, safeguarding and supporting students following an  alternative curriculum. I recently completed the Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development, and am now working at Orchard School leading attendance and supporting the fantastic work of the mental health team in The Grove.

Middle Leaders

Curriculum Middle Leaders

  • Heads of Faculty and Seconds in Faculty
  • ITT ECT Lead Mentor, Tom Fisher
  • Reading Lead, Sarah Barker
  • Oracy Lead, Zuwena Reid-Bailey

Inclusion Middle Leaders

  • Heads of Year
  • House Champions

Curriculum Teams

For  information for our staff in specific subjects, please use the Faculties page and select the subject you wish to contact: Curriculum Faculties (Curriculum menu tab)

Additional Needs Team

For contact information of our SEND and Learning Support Team, please see our SEND information page: Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) (Curriculum menu tab)

Tutor Team

For contact information on our year teams including tutors, pastoral managers or Heads of Year, please visit our Year and Tutor Teams page: Heads of Year and Tutor Teams (Parents & Carers menu tab)

Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Team 

For contact information of our SEMH Team, please see our Wellbeing and Safeguarding information page: Wellbeing and Safeguarding (Parents & Carers menu tab)

Associate Staff Team 

Associate Staff Team

Mr Andrew Lloyd, School Business Manager

Mrs Sam Older, Assistant School Business Manager 

Mrs Dianne Crossley, Data Manager

Mrs Emma Snell, Senior PA to Headteacher

Ms Zoe Hawkey, Senior Administrator and School Admissions Officer

Mrs Rachel Thorne, Careers, Employability and Post-16 Lead

Ms Val Cook, Student Services Receptionist

Mrs Esther Newman, Receptionist

Miss Chloe Hung, Cover Administrator with Curriculum Support

Ms Kelly Latham, SEND Administrator

Miss Keira-Leigh Banfield, Administrator

Mr Zac Jones, Exams and Data Manager 

Miss Gwen Keizer, Data Administrator

Mrs Sarah Sadler, Events Administrator

Mrs Kamantha Els, Attendance Administrator

Mr Alberto Outeda Martinez, Digital Designer and Reprographics Technician 

Ms Marion Andrews, Reading and Research Coordinator

Ms Michela Foote, Lunchtime Supervisor

Mrs Rashida Rahman, Lunchtime Supervisor

Mrs Sue Morris, Lunchtime Supervisor