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Senior Leadership Team

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Head | Judith Fremont-Barnes MA (Hons), MEd

17-Judith-Fremont-Barnes-3.jpgEducated at Kingston Grammar School from 1980-1987, Judith was usually to be found in the Classics Department or on stage. Reading English Language and Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, she became an Oxford Union debater and toured the United States as English-Speaking Union debating scholar in 1990, during a gap year.

Thinking she would teach just for a year before deciding what to do with her life, she fell in love with the classroom and has never looked back. An eclectic career has included appointments at James Allen’s Girls’ School, a spell in Japan where she lectured at Kobe Kaisei Women’s College and Kobe University, raising her two sons, taking a master's degree in Inclusive Education at the Open University, and teaching at King Edward’s, Southampton.

Four years in the English Department at Radley College, where she became Head of English and served as a sub-tutor in E Social, were followed by Deputy Headship at More House School, Frensham. From 2011, she was Head of Duke of Kent School in Ewhurst, Surrey, and she joined Milton Abbey as Head in September 2018. 

Judith is married to Gregory, a military historian and lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Their sons, William and Edward, studied at UCL and Glasgow.  An ideal day out for Judith, who is a keen supporter of the arts, might include a visit to the V&A, a very long lunch with friends and family, and an evening at the National Theatre. However, she would be just as happy to take a long walk in the Dorset countryside with her border terrier, Ruby.
Senior Deputy Head

Senior Deputy Head | James Watson MA (Hons), FCA, PGCE

James WatsonJames became Senior Deputy Head in September 2021 and was previously Head of Learning Development and Head of History at Milton Abbey.

James changed career in 2016, becoming Second Master at Bruern Abbey School in Oxfordshire. Before this he spent 12 years in finance - mostly in Asia - as a chartered accountant, stockbroker and investor relations consultant.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2014 with Deloitte in London, before relocating to Hong Kong in 2008. James also worked at director level in Singapore, before being appointed as founding Managing Director for a new Hong Kong office of Bell Pottinger.

James holds a First Class master's degree in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh and later gained a PGCE from the University of Buckingham. He remains a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Finance Director

Finance Director | Steve Lane BSc (Hons), ACA

Steve-Lane-04.jpgSteve grew up in Dorset before completing a Maths degree at the University of Exeter and embarking on a career in Finance.

During his early career, he worked for Ernst and Young within their corporate finance practice, qualifying as a chartered accountant before moving into commerce.  For a number of years Steve held directorships in retail, manufacturing and  procurement businesses. Steve’s work took him overseas regularly to North America and South East Asia particularly and he was based in Sri Lanka for several years.

Steve returned to Dorset when his children reached school age and joined Milton Abbey as Finance Director in 2016.
Head of Operations

Head of Operations | Tracey Edwards

Tracey-Edwards-(1).jpgTracey joined Milton Abbey in September 2019 to undertake the role of Head of Operations. This varied role covers the management of Health & Safety, Human Resources, School Property and Site Operations. 

Tracey brings to the role extensive experience and knowledge across these key areas, obtained from working in both state and academy schools, and beyond education in the world of environmental services and HR - where Tracey has specialised in the field of  'people management'.
Tracey also has a special interest in English history, which enables her to bring an extra dimension to the heritage side of our special school site.
Deputy Head (Academic) & Head of Admissions

Deputy Head (Academic) & Head of Admissions | Claudia Hindle MA, PGCE, MEd

Claudia HindleClaudia joined Milton Abbey in January 2022 to lead our academic programme and Learning Development provision. She is also our Head of Admissions, an innovative approach to this role, which brings academic enrichment to the heart of our admissions approach and will help build Milton Abbey’s existing reputation for providing excellent education to children who learn differently.
Claudia joined us from Roedean, where she was Head of Classics and also undertook admissions work. She read Classics at St Andrews and took her PGCE and Masters in Education at the University of Cambridge, where her Masters research focused on the use of IT to support dyslexic learners. Claudia is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education at the University of Bath, her thesis aims to establish how best to design a holistic curriculum for students, which teaches skills applicable beyond the classroom and inspires students for life after school.  She is committed to developing independent learners who are given just the right balance of support, stretch and challenge.
As a residential member of staff, Claudia has already immersed herself in the busy boarding life of Milton Abbey and is enjoying all that the school has to offer. In moments away from work, Claudia has been exploring the local area with her dogs Rafferty and Hugo. Particular interests are sport and theatre.
Deputy Head (Pastoral) & Designated Safeguarding Lead [Interim]

Deputy Head (Pastoral) & Designated Safeguarding Lead - Interim | Chris Barnes BA (Hons) 

Chris-Barnes-02.jpgChris joined Milton Abbey as Athelstan Housemaster in 2012 after five years as a History teacher and Assistant Housemaster at Bradfield College in Berkshire. Before embarking on a career in education in 2007, Chris worked in the Finance and Travel industries following his graduation from the University of Manchester, spending time in Austria and Australia as a result.

Chris is fulfilling the Deputy Head (Pastoral) role on an interim basis and is substantively Deputy Head (Co-curricular).


Deputy Head (Pastoral) & Designated Safeguarding Lead [On Leave]

Deputy Head (Pastoral) & Designated Safeguarding Lead | Ruth Butler BA (Hons)

Ruth-Butler-03.jpgRuth studied Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Birmingham before completing her PGCE in Art and Design Education in Bristol.  She taught in challenging inner city state schools in both Birmingham and Bristol. It was here Ruth developed a deeper understanding of the impact pupil welfare and personal context can have on individual and collective academic attainment and progress.

This understanding motivated Ruth to explore how we can address pupil wellbeing at the source and develop attributes that would ultimately enable pupils to lead fulfilling lives. Ruth became a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Co-Ordinator in 2012 and a qualified practitioner in teaching PSHE in 2013. Ruth joined Milton Abbey as Head of PSHE in 2015 to create and deliver a core PSHE curriculum to all pupils.

Deputy Head (Co-curricular) [Interim] & Head of Lower School

DWill-Fraser.jpgeputy Head (Co-curricular) & Head of Lower School | Will Fraser

Will grew up in London and attended St Paul’s School, before reading for a Master of Arts degree with a focus on English Literature at the University of St Andrews.

A gap year teaching in South Africa sparked his passion for the holistic development of young people. After three years teaching in the state sector in London, Will and his wife Zoe moved to Australia, where he taught English and was Head of Rugby at St Pius X College, Sydney. 

Will has a master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University in Buckingham, for which his dissertation explored the benefits of sport and co-curricular activities. Will passionately believes a broad experiential education brings out the best in young people, and that success outside of the classroom has a positive impact on academic outcomes. 

At Milton Abbey, he spent seven years living on-site with his family, for five years as Housemaster of Athelstan House, before becoming Head of Lower School. In his interim role as Deputy Head (Co-curricular) he is responsible for the incredible array of opportunities pupils have playing sport, taking part in Round Square activities on Wednesday afternoons, and during the busy weekend and evening activities programme, as well overseeing the amazing trips on offer at Milton Abbey.

Will has also served as a governor and Chair of Governors at several state and independent schools.

Assistant Head (Head of Sixth Form)

Assistant Head (Head of Sixth Form) | Josh Bradbury BA (Hons), MA, PhD, PGCE

Page-10-Josh-Bradbury-(1).jpgJosh joined Milton Abbey in 2009 as a teacher of English and Assistant Housemaster. Prior to his arrival, he studied for a degree in English and European Literature at the University of Warwick before completing his Masters and then PhD in Arthurian Literature at the University of Wales, Bangor. Whilst there he also worked as a junior lecturer in the English Department, the Department of Lifelong Learning, and the National Institute for Excellence in the Creative Industries.

During his time at Milton Abbey, Josh has worked on both the academic and pastoral sides of the school as a resident member of staff and a teacher of English Literature, Film and TV Production, and Digital Content Production. For the past 8 years he has overseen the school’s university applications process and 6th form careers provision. More recently, he has taken on the role of Assistant Head (Head of 6th Form), managing, in conjunction with the Academic Management Team, all aspects of the 6th form academic provision. Alongside his academic work, he coaches cricket and supports both the football and mountain biking provision at the school. In all that he does, he is focused on finding the right pathways and outcomes for each individual student, knowing that success and happiness look different for each of us.

He has lived in Dorset since moving down from North Wales, and splits his time between a fascination with film, literature, and game culture, and a love of the outdoors, especially the coast and the mountains.

Director of Studies

Nick-Anderson.jpgDirector of Studies | Nick Anderson

Nick joined us in 2018 as Head of Science, after moving back to the UK from a two-year post in Zambia as Deputy Head of an international school in Lusaka. His current role encompasses many academic aspects of the school, such as reporting, pupil tracking and lower school curricula.  
Nick read Marine Biology at Aberdeen University, then studied for his PGCE at Nottingham. He enjoys being able to incorporate much of his biological knowledge of the sea into his GCSE and A-level teaching and is passionate about all things marine.
On his days off, Nick looks after his two girls, Thea and Bonnie, and loves to explore the Dorset country and seaside.

Head of Personal Development & Community Engagement (Deputy DSL)

Head of Personal Development & Community Engagement (Deputy DSL) | Sarah Badley

sarahbadley.jpgSarah joined Milton Abbey in August 2019 as Head of Personal Development & Community Engagement. She is also a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, our Online Safety co-ordinator, has responsibility for pupil voice and works alongside the Senior Deputy Head in investigating behaviour and supporting the housemasters and mistresses with pastoral and behaviour issues.
Prior to joining Milton Abbey, Sarah worked for six years as the Internet Safety Officer for Dorset Police's Safe Schools & Communities Team, where she supporting young people and schools by providing education and helping to resolve incidents. This followed nearly 20 years as an adult trainer in the police and other organisations, and roles in scientific journal publishing.

Away from work, Sarah plays hockey, and loves cooking and singing.