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New Headmaster Announced


The Board of Governors have announced that Mr David Brazier will replace Mr Boddy as Headmaster of St James Senior Boys' School next academic year.

Mr Brazier has an honours degree in English & American Literature from the University of Kent. It was there that he came under the tutelage of the poet Kathleen Raine, who introduced him to the philosophy of Platonism and Oneness. He also has a PGCE and has studied for and achieved in recent years, an MSc in Managing School Improvement from Reading University.

Mr Brazier came into education as he wished to make a difference in young peoples' lives and communicate his passion for literature to them. This has grown into an axiomatic belief in the power of education to transform human potential and make the world a better, more conscious, place.

He has taught at five other schools as an English teacher and for five years was Head of English & Drama at Crosfields School in Reading. He was also previously Assistant Headmaster at Davenies in Beaconsfield, Bucks. For the last six years he has been Headteacher at Long Close School, Slough, where he doubled numbers from 140 pupils to over 300.

He has played all the major games, but is particularly passionate about cricket having played for Berkshire Schools and Hurst in the Thames Valley League. He is a qualified cricket coach. He also has an abiding love of the performing arts, has written three plays that have been performed in schools and has a deep love of Shakespeare.

Mr Brazier is particularly interested in Teaching and Learning and has had articles published on Assessment for Learning' and more recently Curriculum Collapse', a strategy to stretch and extend gifted and talented pupils. He has also introduced 'pausing' at his current school and other mindfulness techniques. He believes that learning should be fun and that only happy pupils learn effectively.

Mr Boddy was was very impressed with Mr Brazier's obvious connections with our ethos. He has achieved outstanding credentials from past Ofsted inspections and is clearly well suited for the role now being asked of him.


Published: January 22 2013

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