Leadership Team

Chris Keen
Executive Principal

Email: enquiries@bulwellacademy.org.uk

I am passionate about improving the life chances of young people, making sure academic results improve and pupils have access to opportunities beyond the classroom.

I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to work with everyone at The Bulwell Academy — a school with huge potential — and one that I am excited to be a part of its journey and development.

I have been a Principal of secondary schools for the past 13 years, leading schools to achieve a Good Ofsted rating. For the past 8 years, I have worked for the Creative Education Trust where I amalgamated a secondary school and a sixth form to create The Hart School — a school which is now rated Good and is oversubscribed. Latterly, I was appointed Principal of Ellis Guilford School in Nottingham.

I started my career as a Teacher of English, before becoming a Head of Department, Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning, a Deputy Headteacher in Sheffield and a Principal in a large secondary school in Sheffield, where I now live.

Matt Irons
Acting Head of School (Vice Principal, Behaviour)

Email: matt.irons@bulwellacademy.org.uk

Having grown up in the local community really drives me to want to make a difference to the students in our care. I am passionate about making sure that we break down barriers and create opportunities for young people to be successful both at school and beyond. I am extremely proud to be working alongside students, parents and staff as we build a new Bulwell Academy!

I worked for 5 years in an International School in Bahrain, before joining The Nottingham Emmanuel School and working as the Director of Achievement, helping the school to achieve its strongest ever GCSE outcomes. More recently I took on the role of Assistant Principal with responsibility for safeguarding, attendance and behaviour at Djanogly City Academy, a role I thoroughly enjoyed and one that gave me the experience required to take on such a pivotal role for behaviour at The Bulwell Academy.

Amy Fuller
Vice Principal, Safeguarding & Attendance

Email: amy.fuller@bulwellacademy.org.uk

I am passionate about education enabling every student to thrive. I believe that in order to achieve this, a school needs to be a strong community as a whole, working together with the area that it serves.

Supporting pupils and parents by working together to address any in-school barriers to attendance is my ongoing focus. I took on the role of Vice Principal for Attendance in December 2022. I have previously led on Teaching and Learning, CPD, Early Career Teachers and school operations.

I believe that the foundation of securing good attendance is that school is a calm, orderly, safe, and supportive environment where all pupils want to be and are keen and ready to learn. Being around teachers and friends in a school environment is the best way for pupils to learn and reach their potential.

I have taught in Nottingham city since 2007, when I qualified as a Geography teacher. I joined Bulwell Academy in January 2021.

Chris Smith
Vice Principal, Curriculum & Assessment

Email: chris.smith2@bulwellacademy.org.uk

At Bulwell, I specialise in curriculum development and the use of data to raise the attainment of our pupils.

I started teaching Science in 2007 at a school in Derbyshire. Following this I moved to another school within the area focusing on rewards and the House system. 

Following 3 successful years, I moved to Spain to take up a leadership role in a British International School. After nearly 8 years, 4 as Head of Secondary School and Sixth Form, I returned to the UK and took post at a school in Pontefract.

It was in Pontefract that I honed my curriculum leadership skills and led me to become Assistant Principal at The Bulwell Academy. Since my appointment I have taken strategic leadership of Curriculum and Assessment as Vice Principal.

Dom Hayton
Assistant Principal, Data & Assessment

Email: dominic.hayton@bulwellacademy.org.uk

I am passionate about students achieving the best they can and opening doors for their future. 

I have worked at Bulwell all of my teaching career, starting here on placement as a University student.

I have held different responsibilities within Maths including Head of Department for a number of years. I am now Assistant Principal for Data and Assessment whilst also being linked to year 11.

Jim Brownlow
Assistant Principal, Curriculum & Assessment

Email: jim.brownlow@bulwellacademy.org.uk

I have been working in education around the Nottinghamshire area since 2007. My journey across several different schools and contexts, has given me the leadership skills and knowledge of curriculum, teaching and learning and culture necessary to help The Bulwell Academy to grow and improve.

I spent my first five years as a Physics teacher at the Minster School in Southwell, before spending two years as Head of Physics at Mount St Mary’s in Spinkhill. I was fortunate to join Djanogly City Academy as Head of Science as they began a journey of improvement resulting in the school becoming one of the highest performing in the country in terms of the progress made by students. Following on from this success, I joined Kirk Hallam Community Academy as a school leader for curriculum where the school achieved some of its best-ever progress results.

I joined The Bulwell Academy as Assistant Principal with strategic oversight of Curriculum & Assessment as well as Careers and Year 10.

Sovra Rashid
Assistant Principal – Teaching & Learning

Email: sovra.rashid@bulwellacademy.org.uk

Anita Wall
SENDCo

Email: anita.wall@bulwellacademy.org.uk

I strongly believe that high quality inclusive education is the gateway to securing transformational futures, for all of our pupils with SEN needs at The Bulwell Academy.

I am delighted to have joined The Bulwell Academy in September 2023 as Assistant Principal and SENDCo. I have been a qualified SENDCo for over five years and have completed a Masters degree in Special Educational Needs.

Throughout my teaching career I have worked in both mainstream and special educational needs settings, holding a variety of different roles including Head of Department, Head of 6th Form and Inclusion Centre Lead. These roles have enabled me to gain a wealth of experience and solidified my passion for supporting pupils and their families with additional and complex needs.