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Key Contacts

Merchants' Academy Primary

Withywood Road
BS13 9AX

0117 301 0805
Merchants' Academy Secondary

Gatehouse Avenue
BS13 9AJ

0117 301 5000
General Enquiries


PA to Principal

Catherine Bateman

PA to Head of Primary Rebecca Roberts

Attendance Officer Helen Starr

Sixth Form Administrator Stacey Hughes

Medical Welfare Officer Jenny Templar

Student Services & Resources Assistant

Allison Gibert

Laura Crocker

Young Carers

Kelsey Powell

SENCO Rebecca Wainwright (start September 2020)



Academy Leadership Team (ALT)

Executive Principal Samantha Williamson

Head of Primary Stuart Woodburn

Head of Secondary/Vice Principal - Acting Designated Safeguarding Lead Vicki Starkie

Vice Principal Rob Williams

Assistant Vice Principal Lisa Bannister

Assistant Vice Principal Bianca Ramsden

Assistant Vice Principal Bridget Chida

Assistant Vice Principal
and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Joanna Ford

Assistant Vice Principal Joseph Unwin
Assistant Vice Principal  Gareth Bryan



English Joseph Unwin

Mathematics Bridget Chida


Lori Jackson


Jane Grayston


Vicky Hinde-Taylor

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Florence Cotten (maternity cover)
Art & Design Katy Ford

Design & Technology

Samantha McKean

ICT and Business

Stacey Webster

Physical Education 

Paul Reed

Performing Arts

Richard Naylor


Primary Phase Leaders



Jenny Pink

Phase 1

Harry Clarke

Heads of Learning (HoL)

Year 7

Sian Hook

Year 8

Tom Brisley

Year 9

Hayley Mills
Year 10

Joe Cole

Year 11

Rachel Pearson

Post 16

Gareth Bryan