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The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School

A Church of England School

Senior Leadership Team:

Martin Henton: Headteacher

Martin Henton:

Martin Henton: Headteacher (

BSc (Hons) University of Liverpool, PGCE Secondary, National Professional Qualification for Headship.

I have been the Headteacher at Bishop’s since October 2018 and feel privileged to lead such a great school with a strong sense of community and a determination to offer the best opportunities for all of our students.

After starting my teaching career in the Northwest, I moved with my family to Hereford to join Bishop’s. Having served in different leadership roles at the school, I have a deep understanding and empathy for the heart of our school to lead it forward. 

I am really excited about our ambitious plans for the future to offer the best learning experiences for our students to be happy and successful.

Pete Gibbins: Deputy Headteacher

Pete Gibbins
Deputy Headteacher
Safeguarding, Welfare and Behaviour

BA (Hons) Brunel University. PGCE Secondary, National Professional Qualification for Headship

I have worked in four different schools across the country, three of these as a senior leader. I started my teaching career in Maidenhead, moving to Stourport on Severn and then Wolverhampton before joining Bishops as Deputy Head in 2015. I am a passionate sportsman who believes that we should always strive to ‘be the best we can be.

Ellie Bunston: Deputy Headteacher

Ellie Bunston
Deputy Headteacher
Teaching, Learning and Assessment

BSc and PGCE at Exeter University, MA in Education at Oxford Brookes University. Currently studying National Professional Qualification for Headship.

I have taught since 1999 and worked in schools in Cambridge, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. I have worked as a Curriculum Team Leader, then as an Assistant Head in two different schools before joining the leadership team at Bishops in 2016 when I relocated back to the area with my family. I believe in enabling every child to achieve their potential.

Owen Collingbourne: Assistant Headteacher

Owen Collingbourne
Assistant Headteacher
Timetable and CPD

BSc and PGCE at Loughborough University, AST and Specialist Leader in Education for PE and early career development.

I have worked in two schools in the Yorkshire / Lancashire area as Head of PE and Head of the Northern Alliance Initial Teacher Education. My family relocated to Herefordshire in 2017 and in 2019 I was appointed to the Bishop’s SLT team. I look forward to having an impact on a school with an excellent reputation and history and being part of the journey moving forward.

Jonathan Nicholas: Assistant Headteacher

Jonathan Nicholas
Assistant Headteacher
Attendance, Ethos and Values

BSc (Hons) at Aberystwyth University, MSc at Bangor University, PGCE at Nottingham University and a Diploma in Leadership through the University of Worcester.

I started my teaching career in Winchester, before moving to a large secondary school in Worcestershire, where I was the Curriculum Team Leader for Science. In 2009 I moved back to Hereford and have worked in a pastoral capacity to support our students ever since.

Nick Vaughan: SENDCo

Nick Vaughan

BA (Jt Hons) at Cardiff University, PGCE at Swansea University, PGDE (SEN) at University of Wales, Newport, PGCE (National Award SENCO) at University of Worcester.

I have worked at schools in Havering and Blaenau Gwent and have spent the last twenty-one years teaching students with Special Educational Needs, History and English at Bishop’s.

Joe Christopher: School Business Manager

Joe Christopher
School Business Manager

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), Certificate of School Business Management.

I have been School Business Manager at Bishops since May 2006, having previously worked in public finance since 1992.  I have overall responsibility for the finance for our school enabling us to achieve the best outcomes for our students.

House Leaders:

Ashley: Mrs N Collingbourne
Cheshire: Mrs C Whittaker
Livingstone: Mrs E Robertson
Shaftesbury: Miss G Evans

Curriculum Team Leaders:


Mrs S Griffiths 

Maths: Mr K Brandreth
Science: Mr J Foggo
Technology: Mr T Richards

Languages: Mrs K Greenwood
Creative Arts: Mr H Sutton
PE: Miss J Chadderton
Humanities: Mr A Banks
Religious Studies: Mrs L Barker

Pastoral Mentors:

Year 7:

Miss K Jones

Year 8:

Mrs J Foggo

Year 9:

Mrs L Dumbrell

Year 10:

Mrs M Roberts

Year 11:

Mrs K Long


Mrs A Thomasson

SEN Pastoral Mentor:

Mrs C Vaughan