We were thrilled to announce that Mrs Emma Bryson would be joining Whitelands Academy as our new Principal in September. To help introduce her to our school community, we sat down to talk to Mrs Bryson about her career in education, and what the move to Whitelands means for her.
Emma has been dedicated to education from the very beginning of her career, gaining Qualified Teacher Status in June 2003 after completing her own education at The University of Kent, Canterbury, and Brunel University, Isleworth.
In 2008, just 5 years into her teaching career, Emma became the Head of English at one of the biggest schools in England. Moreover, while working in London, she attained Charter London Teaching Status in recognition of her continued commitment to raising educational standards for children from ethnic minorities, particularly those from Somali and Black Caribbean communities, and for her work on primary transition.
In April 2013, she took on her first Assistant Headteacher post at Prince Rupert School in Rinteln, and was responsible for teaching and learning before transferring to King’s School, Gutersloh, in the same September.
Throughout her career, Emma has worked relentlessly to improve outcomes for students and develop her own experience and skills, achieving her National Professional Qualification for Headship, becoming an accredited Olevi teaching and learning trainer, and helping drive her schools to their best ever results.
This was recognized in both Ofsted reports from January 2015 and February 2018 for King’s School. For the latter Ofsted, as Headteacher, she led the school to retain its judgement of Good with Outstanding features ensuring the school’s last ever Ofsted report correctly reflected the excellent standards achieved to date. In addition, summer 2018 saw the school achieve its best ever GCSE and A level results with students, on average achieving half a grade higher per subject than their peers in the U.K. King’s progress 8 score puts the school in the top 4% of all schools in England, including the private sector. These excellent results were achieved again in 2019.
Mrs Bryson became Headteacher of King’s School in January 2017 and stayed until the school’s closure in 2019. She began her headship at St John’s School in Cyprus in September 2019.
Speaking about her new role, Emma said: “Visiting Whitelands, I am incredibly impressed with the embedded ethos around the school: an ethos of high expectations, positive relationships and rapid development. Adrian and his team have achieved an impressive amount over the past few years, despite a worldwide pandemic, and I am extremely excited and honoured to be able to lead the school and its community as we continue to grow.”