Simon Bell – Executive Headteacher

Simon Bell has been a teacher for over 20 years, having started his career as a History teacher in Brentwood. During that time, he has held senior leadership positions in three Essex schools, worked for a Local Authority School Improvement Team and as an OfSTED Inspector.  Simon has worked at William Edwards for 9 years and for the last 4 years has led the school as Head of School and Headteacher. His appointment as Executive Headteacher will ensure that there is synergy across both schools and appropriate support for Orsett Heath across the early phase of the school’s development.

Simon holds a Post Graduate qualification in Educational Leadership and holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

Sian Rawson – Head of School

Sian Rawson has been a teacher at William Edwards School since 2013 and holds a BA (Hons) degree in Geography. During her time at William Edwards, Sian has completed the Widening Leadership qualification, the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and has the Designated Safeguarding Lead Level 3 qualification.

In recent years, Sian has been House Leader at William Edwards meaning that she is safeguarding, pastoral, and behavioural lead for over 300 pupils. More recently, she was appointed as Assistant Headteacher and has worked in the development and implementation of many whole-school projects including the social, moral, spiritual and cultural programme, the PSHE curriculum, tutor time programmes, and Key Stage 3 homework projects. Outside of these areas, Sian has developed and grown the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme in to what is currently the largest and most successful cohort of participants of any school in the East of England.

Stephanie McGrane – Assistant Headteacher

Stephanie McGrane is a Loughborough University graduate and has worked at William Edwards School since 2012, having worked in both comprehensive and independent schools in Bristol and Wales. Whilst at William Edwards, Stephanie has worked in an incredibly strong English department as both a Lead Practitioner and Department Leader. As a Lead Practitioner, she was responsible for mentoring other staff members, developing an engaging and challenging curriculum and the quality of teaching and learning. As Department Leader, Stephanie has led the English Department to the best results in the history of William Edwards.

In the wider school, Stephanie has strong experience in curriculum design through constructing the schemes of work for William Edward’s ‘Learning Through Sport’ programme and Key Stage 3 homework projects. She also holds an MA in Education and is currently completing her SENCO qualification and the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership.