Staff

Our staff are our most important asset and are key to your child's education. Our dedicated team provide personal individualised support for all our students, helping them engage in and enjoy their learning.


Nicole Bradley - Head Teacher

I am proud to be the Head Teacher of Blue Skies School; the role I have held since January 2017. I have 30 years of teaching experience and have held senior leadership roles in both the mainstream and specialist sectors. I have a masters degree in psychology for special educational needs.

It is a privilege to lead such a dedicated staff team, who together, enable our students to be the best that they can be academically, socially and morally. The school works to enable our students to take their place in society as local, national, and global citizens through encouraging them to access an holistic curriculum which supports and develops both their social communication skills and pedagogical needs.

I am enjoying working with our uniquely talented students and their families.


Natalie Bucklen - School Business Manager

"I have worked in education since 2001 and was heavily involved in the creation of Blue Skies School with Fran, the founder, in 2008.

I have a varied role within the school, my job title being Business/Office Manager. Some of the work I do includes Reception, Administration, Finance and, most importantly, working with the staff and students along with their parents. Although I do not work in the classroom I am always here for the students and staff, ready for a chat or guidance whenever needed.

I love working within the 'Blue Skies Family' and seeing the progression and success of each and every student."


Danielle Atterbury - Teacher

I joined the Blue Skies family in 2017 after spending several years working in mainstream schools around Kent. Prior to this I worked in Guy’s Hospital Cytogenetics Department after achieving my MSc from Imperial College London. Since joining the school I have enjoyed getting to know each and every student and becoming part of their journey to be the best person they can be, both academically and as part the of the wider community. 


Matt Cahill - Teacher/19-25 Provision Lead

"I have been working at Blue Skies School since 2010 and have enjoyed every minute. I have a PGCert in Special Education, specialising in Autism, from the University of Birmingham. I am the school Art teacher and I also run our 19-25 provision. I consider myself lucky to have a job that is both fun and rewarding. It’s great to be part of a close team and to work with and support such a great group of students in progressing to the next stage in their lives."


Vivienne Field - Senior Support Staff

"I joined Blue Skies in April 2015 as a Teaching Assistant, having previously worked in primary education for many years.  

I enjoy working with all the students, supporting them in various lessons especially in cooking which is something I love.  It is great to see them preparing the food and trying new flavours and recipes each week.

It is fantastic being part of the Blue Skies team working in a very friendly and caring environment where all students are encouraged and supported as individuals, to achieve their best academically as well as developing their personal and life skills for the future."


Samantha McRae - Teacher

"I have worked within the education sector since 2009 and have loved every moment. I am thrilled to be an English teacher at Blue Skies and to be part of an environment that does not only facilitate learning but also aids in developing the individual."


Aoife Obatre - Teacher

I joined Blue Skies in September 2017, and I have had the honour of teaching students with additional needs Since 2014. I have been trained in using the SCERTS approach for supporting students with autism. I am passionate about enabling the students to overcome their impairments to become the best they can be.  I use a holistic approach when teaching, ensuring that emotional and sensory needs or the students are meet so they are ready to learn. I believe in equipping the students I teach with the tools they need to manage their own emotional, sensory and organisational needs. It is my desire to see our students flourish, to be happy and fulfilled members of society.


Esther Watson - Teacher

I have worked as a Maths teacher since 2001.  Since starting here in 2017 I have enjoyed every minute of working with such a fantastic team and amazing students. The environment is one of  a caring and supportive nature that is designed to meet the needs of each individual student. 


Maggie Lindsay Roxburgh - School Counsellor 


Jonathan Richardson - Support Staff

I used to be one of Fran's old students at The Hundred of Hoo School. That is where I got to know Natalie. I work at Blue Skies every Friday and I enjoy this very much. My jobs include filing, photocopying, answering the phone, taking and passing on messages, and making tea.


Helen Wiltshire - Currently on maternity leave

"I became a teacher following study and work within the pharmaceutical industry. I specialised in science which allowed me to fulfill my love of science whilst allowing me to work within the pivotal field of supporting the development of our future generation. I have worked in both primary and secondary schools and already feel greatly privileged to work in the exceptionally caring and homely Blue Skies. 

I believe in a hands on approach in learning to provide independence, questioning and most importantly enjoyment in learning.

I have a passion for travel and exploration and really hope to encourage a love for geography and further off site visits at Blue Skies."


Sam Gracey

I am relatively new to Blue Skies having started in September 2018 after working with pupils with additional needs since 2012. I am a PE and ICT specialist but have a keen interest in preparing pupils for life outside of the school setting and am aiming to have a key role in setting up and delivering vocational based education programmes across many platforms within Blue Skies.  I am excited to have the opportunity to work with such amazing young people in such a special and caring environment.


Lauren Higgins - Proprietor

In my role as Head of Pastoral Care, I was lucky enough to work very closely with our students and their families. I enjoyed my job immensely and the young people at Blue Skies make each day unique and fun. In addition to pastoral care, I also worked with our students to explore their future plans, facilitate engaging work experience placements and the many other duties that arise on a day-to-day basis!

I enjoy a creative approach to life, something that significantly supports my role at Blue Skies, and in my previous career I was head of 2 popular children’s television channels.

In a quest to further my knowledge, I am currently studying toward my masters in autism and Asperger’s syndrome at Sheffield Hallam; a course that I am finding equally fascinating and challenging.


Jonathan Higgins - Proprietor

"I worked as the Head of School at Blue Skies School from 2011 to 2016 and am now one of the proprietors. It hasn’t always been easy, but it is always fun! The students are all such individual and funny characters and are an absolute joy to teach. I am lucky to be working with such a strong team helping the students reach their true potential and I am forever grateful for the endless commitment they show to the students at Blue Skies. Our students make me proud every day and I am glad I've been able to work with such wonderful young people."