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 of School


Natalie Bucklen

"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."


Sammy Wells

"I have been at Blue Skies since 2008, working as a teaching assistant. Since 2012 I have been teaching the students cooking. I enjoy helping the students learn one of the most important life skills they will need when they leave school.

It’s great working with a strong group of staff, who all together commit so that all of our students achieve to the best of their ability."


Matt Cahill

"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 responsible for teaching Art and ICT, as well as some PSHE. 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

"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."


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Samantha McRae

"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."


Helen Wiltshire

"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."


Ryan Fuller

"I joined blue skies in January 2016, This is my first job within a school having graduated from St Mary's University in Twickenham in 2015 with a degree in Strength and Conditioning Science.

I take all of the PE lessons and try to use my experience in a wide range of sports to think outside the box and give the students as many opportunities to try their hand at different sports. When I am not taking the PE lessons I am a teaching assistant in other lessons.

I strive to pass on as many skills that I have learnt as possible and give every student the best chance at succeeding in life."


Dean Wixon


Lauren Higgins

Currently on maternity leave.

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

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"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."