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Meet our Leaders
The Principal of our Academy is David Astin and the Chair of Governors is Ros Wilton.
You can read more about their professional backgrounds below.
Mr David Astin
Mr Astin has been teaching for 20 years, and with the Harris Federation since 2008. He began his career at a large school in Milton Keynes in 1995 and then taught at a very successful girls' school in Carshalton.
In 2008, Mr Astin was appointed Assistant Principal of our sister school, Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. After that, he was a leader of the Harris Sixth Form, of which Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley is a part of.
During this time, he helped to lay the educational foundations of the Harris Westminster Sixth Form, a collaboration with Westminster School which aims to prepare London’s brightest state school pupils for entry to the world’s best universities.
Mr Astin, who lives in Beckenham with his young family, was appointed Principal of Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley in September 2014.
Mrs Rosalyn Wilton
Chair of Governors
Mrs Wilton has been Chair of Governors at Harris Girls' Academy Bromley since it opened in 2011 and she is also Vice Chair of the Harris Federation Board.
In a career spanning four decades, she has held a number of high profile positions in the City, particularly within the finance and technology sectors.
As a Director of the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE), she was the first woman to serve on the board of any Exchange in the UK and Europe. She was also the first woman to be appointed to the Reuters Executive Committee; making her the most senior woman in the Reuters Group at that time.
Mrs Wilton read Mathematics at the University of London. In 2016, she was appointed to the University of London’s Board of Trustees.
She is a familiar figure to our students and staff; regularly giving talks and also overseeing Mathematics at the Academy as part of the governing body’s commitment to support a subject department.
Mrs Bianca Collett
Vice Principal - Teaching and Learning
Mrs Collett is our Vice Principal in charge of teaching and learning.
Prior to joining Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley, she was an Assistant Head of an outstanding school in Lambeth. She began her career as a teacher of modern foreign languages more than twenty years ago and has a joint honours degree in German and English.
Mr Stephen Derry
Faculty Director - Yellow (Humanities and MFL) and DDSL
Mr Derry has worked at Harris Girls' Academy since 2012 and looks after the staff and students who are part of the Yellow Faculty (Humanities and MFL). He also leads on British Values, SMSC, charity, the tutor and assembly programme and is the Deputy Safeguarding Lead.
Mr Derry enjoys helping students to challenge their outlook on life and understand the wider world around them; developing them as citizens of the world through charity projects such as the Food Bank, Malala Day, #lovenothate campaign and the half-term charity coffee mornings.
Mr Samuel Rigby
Faculty Director - Blue (Science, Art and Design & Technology)
Mr Rigby joined the Academy in 2013 and oversees the Science, Art and Design & Technology deperatment. In addition to the pastoral care of the students in the Blue Faculty, he leads on whole school enrichment, trips, parent evenings and the progress of the Most Able and Pupil Premium students.
Before joining Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley, he taught in Hertfordshire as both a Business Studies Teacher and Head of Year 9. Since joining Harris he has worked as a Coordinator for Vocational Studies, Head of Initial Teacher Training and the Green Faculty Director.
Mr Rigby is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher of Business Studies and is a firm believer in promoting enterprise, the Arts and Science across the Academy. He strives to provide all students with the life chances they require to achieve the high aspirations they set for themselves. He has developed further within the Harris Federation through completing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Warwick University and is currently on the Harris Federation fast track to principalship programme.
Mr Steve Sherwin
Faculty Director - Red (English, Performing Art and PE)
Mr Sherwin joined the Academy in 2013 and oversees the of English, Performing Arts, Physical Education departments and the pastoral care of the students in the Red Faculty. He also leads on whole school careers, literacy, rewards and celebration, sports day and Year 8 options.
Before joining Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley, he taught in Hertfordshire as both a Head of Department and Head of Years 10 and 11. Since joining Harris he has worked as Faculty Director of Sixth Form before his current role as the Red Faculty Director.
A passionate teacher of drama and a strong advocate for the teaching of the Arts, he strives for all the pupils at the Academy to achieve the best of their ability. He is currently on the Harris Federation fast track to principalship programme.
Mrs Kate Ives
Assistant Principal Student Welfare and DSL
Mrs Ives has been working within the Harris Federation for 7 years and has worked at Harris Girls' Academy Bromley since April 2016. She is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the Academy and leads on attendance, welfare, behaviour and PREVENT. Before joining Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley, she worked as a middle leader in an outstanding school in Southwark, leading on PSHE, SMSC, Citizenship and Health and Social Care.
Prior to becoming a teaching professional, Mrs Ives worked in the youth and community sector, supporting disadvantaged children and young people. Her work included outreach and centre based projects to support children and young people to make positive life choices and to develop essential skills for life. Mrs Ives has extensive knowledge of the issues within contemporary society and strives to prepare children and young people for the challenges that face them outside the school gates.
Mrs Ives is dedicated to looking after all students and ensuring that they feel safe, happy and protected.
Mrs Amira Mahmood
Faculty Director - Green (Business and Vocational Studies)
Mrs Mahmood has been teaching for over 10 years and joined Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley in September 2017. She is passionate about Science and in particular Physics, as she graduated from Queen Mary University with a First class honours in Theoretical physics.
Before joining Harris Girls' Academy Bromley, she taught in Brentwood as Head of Physics and Deputy Head of Science in charge of Teaching and Learning. In 2013 she moved to North London where she was the founding Head of Science in the setting up of a new school.
Mrs Mahmood is passionate about women in science and believes women have an incredible amount to contribute.
Ms Jaya Shiyani
Coordinator - Maths
Ms Shiyani has been teaching for 7 years and has been with the Harris Federation since 2014. She started teaching at a school in Greenwich where she was in charge of KS3 Maths and then 2nd in charge of Maths. She has a first-class honours degree in Mathematics and Finance. During her time at Harris Girls' Academy Bromley she has developed a hardworking, dedicated and strong department filled with teachers with whole school responsibilities. She enjoys teaching and working with students and pushing the students to reach their full potential.
She has also helped students to raise money for a trip to Borneo in 2017, where the students will be doing lots of community project work. She is also managing interest for the 2019 trip to Peru.
Mrs Sophie Barling
As Transition Coordinator, Mrs Barling has had the pleasure of meeting Year 6 girls in their primary schools, once they have accepted their place for September. She is responsible for supporting their journey into Year 7, as they begin a new chapter in their school lives. She see's this as a privilege, as this allows her to see how students flourish with all the exciting challenges and opportunities at Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley.
Mrs Barling is also involved in the Harris Experience programme, which provides a rich variety of activities for students. She also teaches Mathematics and PSHE.
Mr Michael Golding
Coordinator - Performing Arts and PE
Mr Golding has been teaching for nearly 7 years and has been with the Harris Federation since April 2015. He taught at a mixed comprehensive school in Dartford for just under 5 years; holding various roles within the PE department and eventually as a whole school lead for Most Able Learners.
Mr Golding has a first class degree in Physical Education and Sport from the University of Greenwich.
He started as Head of Physical Education upon joining Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley and has developed the role to now include the Coordinator of Performing Arts, overseeing; dance, drama and music as well as PE.
He enjoy's developing the girls’ confidence in physical education, to hopefully inspire a lifelong love of sport, whether that is playing, coaching or other leadership roles.
Mrs Reena Boothe
Coordinator - English
Mrs Boothe has worked for Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley for over a year. Prior to this, she worked in two Outstanding secondary schools in Greenwich with experience as Head of Year and Second in Charge of two successful English departments. Mrs Boothe achieved a First Class Honours Degree in BA English at a Russell Group university.
Mrs Boothe fundamentally believes in academic rigour and excellence, coupled with an innate focus on the wellbeing of students.
Ms Véronique Willemen
Coordinator - Modern Foreign Languages
Ms Willemen has been teaching languages for 30 years. She joined Harris Girls' Academy Bromley in 2015 after having taught in several schools in Greece and at the European School in Finland. She began her career as an interpreter / translator for Unicef, but soon decided to go into teaching because the knowledge of language is a conduit to other cultures, while developing a more nuanced understanding of the world and is beneficial in qualifying for jobs that require multilingual communication.
Prior to becoming the Coordinator of MFL, she worked mainly as a teacher of French, English, Dutch and Greek and was the Head of MFL in an independent school in Athens, Greece for 10 years.
Ms Willemen speaks 9 languages and strongly believes that the knowledge of languages improves communication between people of different backgrounds and increases tolerance. She looks forward to introducing Mandarin Chinese from September 2017.
She is actively engaged in her community as well. Among her endeavours are founding a women’s refuges in Athens and fighting poverty through volunteer work with Oxfam.
Ms Rosa Devine
Coordinator - Art and Design &Technology
Ms Devine joined Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley in 2014. She is the Coordinator for all subjects within Art and Design & Technology, and students in B2 tutor groups. Before joining the Academy, she taught at a post-16 college in Dublin and as a tutor on an arts programmes for young people; working with organisations such as the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Print Museum. Prior to moving to teaching full time, Ms Devine worked in a range of roles in the graphic design industry including art direction, photography, computer game and app design and illustration.
Ms Devine is passionate about all creative education, with a particular love for teaching traditional skills at a high level. She introduced robotics to the Academy in 2015; leading the first Academy robotics team to win trophies at a regional and national level and introducing a senior and junior robotics team structure this year. She also works with pupils who produce design work for the Academy and enjoys seeing students mastering skills and having the chance to show them off in ‘real world’ applications.
Ms Rebecca Gavin
Coordinator - Science
Ms Gavin has been teaching for 7 years and joined Harris Girls' Academy Bromley in 2012. She started as a teacher of Science and has developed in her time at the academy, to become the Coordinator.
Ms Gavin studied at Queen's University Belfast and gained her degree in Biological Sciences. Before joining Harris she volunteered in schools in Belfast, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jericho, to challenge sectarianism, social issues and helped to develop cross community projects. This inspired her to go into teaching.
Her passion and belief is that all students deserve an outstanding science education and that education is your ticket to anywhere you want to go!
What do our parents say:
"Thank you to you and your staff... they encouraged and nurtured her to push herself and become a better student. They also taught her some great skills in negotiating and working with all types of people at all levels which I know will stand her in good stead once she hits the workplace. I also have to mention that along with the excellent teaching she also received great pastoral care when the inevitable teen anxieties kicked in! This combination led to a positive experience travelling through secondary school which has all helped create the confident young woman she has become."
- Ms Carpenter, Parent of a 2017 Year 11 graduate