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Why work for BET

The Bourne Education Trust (‘BET’) is a successful multi-academy trust made up of nineteen schools (plus two further associate schools), across primary, secondary and special school phases in Surrey, Hampshire and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Specialising in supporting schools to improve their performance, BET continues to grow a community of like-minded academies with the highest aspiration and dedication to achieving the best outcomes for their learners.  

Led by Alex Russell, CEO, and supported by an executive team and board of directors, BET's 1050 staff currently educate over 7,700 pupils. The Trust’s main areas of expertise are as follows:

  • Increasing leadership capacity and rebuilding confidence
  • Setting the strategic priorities for schools and creating an aspirational culture
  • Supporting current leadership teams to implement change
  • Refining the school’s data tracking systems so that intervention is targeted, appropriate and makes a difference
  • Improving the quality of teaching through school to school support, paired observations, bespoke training and the use of outstanding practitioners
  • Increasing the skills of teaching assistants so that in class provision and small group work supports progress
  • Challenging underperformance and closing the gap
  • Ensuring that no child slips through the net.

BET is a fast moving and exciting place to work with every school within our Trust free to shape their individual character.

Our brilliant teachers, support staff and leaders share a commitment to providing a first class education to the children within their schools and as a Trust we strive to ensure that our provision enables every child to fulfil their potential.

As an employer we know that our people are the key to our success and for this reason believe in creating great places to work where people feel supported and encouraged to be the best they can possibly be. Staff within our schools can expect to be challenged and motivated to achieve their ambitions, and such is the scale and scope of the Trust’s school-to-school support work, successful candidates can expect to receive rapid promotion either through direct placement or via secondments from their home school.

We always welcome interest from teachers and support staff who would like to join our Trust. If you don't see a position advertised that is suitable for you at the moment please email vacancies@bourne.education and we will contact you as and when something suitable arises.

View Our Current Vacancies

Meet our People

James Newman
Zelia Munnik
Alex Russell
Hannah Cobbold
Steve Price

James Newman

Headteacher, Epsom and Ewell High School

Zelia Munnik

Headteacher, Chertsey High School

Alex Russell

CEO

Hannah Cobbold

Head of Sixth Form, Epsom and Ewell High School

Steve Price

Executive Leader
James Newman

James Newman

Headteacher, Epsom and Ewell High School
I joined Epsom and Ewell High School in 2004 as a newly qualified teacher. The Trust has provided me with excellent opportunities to progress my career at the school and I am now in my second year of headship.
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Zelia Munnik

Zelia Munnik

Headteacher, Chertsey High School
I graduated as a teacher 13 years ago and have spent most of my professional career with the Bourne Education Trust. What resonates the most with me is the relentless drive towards improvement that the Bourne Education Trust strives to achieve.  
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Alex Russell

Alex Russell

CEO
I have been a headteacher for 14 years and have spent the majority of my time in leadership first at Epsom and Ewell High School and then as CEO of the Bourne Education Trust, which it founded.
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Hannah Cobbold

Hannah Cobbold

Head of Sixth Form, Epsom and Ewell High School
I began my teaching journey at Epsom and Ewell High School in 2015 as a trainee teacher of religious studies and have been teaching there ever since. I may only have three years' teaching experience to date but the school and Trust has provided me with the extensive opportunities and experiences to understand what outstanding teaching, learning and leadership is like.
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Steve Price

Steve Price

Executive Leader
I am currently an executive leader within the Bourne Education Trust. This entails working across several secondary and primary schools, within a cluster arrangement, to support each school's strategic development.
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