Leadership Team

Head of School – Charlotte Badarello 

I know the difference a great teacher can have on shaping people’s lives, and how education can enable dreams to become a reality. I graduated from the University of Bristol and completed my Masters before starting my career in finance. I subsequently retrained as a maths teacher, spending 10 years at a school in West London, before relocating back to Berkshire. I joined Theale Green School in 2019 as Deputy Headteacher, and am incredibly proud of the improvements the school has made. This is my third school and I love the sense of community and purpose that resonates throughout the school. Every student and member of staff is treated as an individual, and these strong connections create well-rounded individuals which is what makes this such a special school. I feel very fortunate to be part of this rapidly improving school and the place it holds in the local community.

Deputy Headteacher – Paul Bullock 

Since completing my PGCE at Brunel University, I spent the first ten years of my teaching career in a Buckinghamshire school, joining as a PE Teacher and progressing through a range of curriculum and pastoral roles before joining the leadership team. In 2016 I became Assistant Headteacher of a new school in Berkshire, holding responsibility for the Curriculum, Assessment and Whole School Literacy. I am excited to be joining Theale Green, the passion, positivity and sense of community displayed by staff and students is inspiring, and I am looking forward to becoming part of the school as it continues its journey. 

Assistant Headteacher – Sam Cartland

Having completed my initial teacher training at Theale Green School in 2007, I joined as teacher of dance in 2008 after leading two departments in my NQT year. Over the years I have had a number of departmental, pastoral and whole school responsibilities, alongside teaching a variety of subjects including dance, computer science and food technology. In 2018, I became Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for personal development, behaviour and welfare and Designated Safeguarding Lead. I am passionate about integrated pastoral care, removing barriers to learning and encouraging students to find their sense of purpose to fulfil their full potential.  In my spare time I am Designated Safeguarding Lead for Faringdon Rugby Club, and have received enhanced training in keeping children safe in sport.

Assistant Headteacher – Matthew Bowler

I really believe a teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and install a love of life time learning. Having completed my PGCE at the University of Chichester I took up my first teaching post as a PE teacher at a school in Oxfordshire, spending 7 years as Director of PE, alongside completing my Masters in School Leadership. I joined Theale Green School in September 2021 as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for teaching and learning. Instantly being absorbed into the culture of the school, the sense of community and willingness to go above. I look forward to being part of the Theale Green School community.

Head of Sixth Form – David Holbrook

I have always been committed to improving student outcomes and helping students achieve their full potential. After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with degree in Business, Computing in Education, I relocated to Reading in 2005 and began my teaching career. My experience has been in a diverse range of schools and I have had a range of roles  with experience in curriculum and patrol. I started  at Theale Green School  in January 2018 and have had the privilege of being part of the positive change seen in the school. I have seen Theale Green School go from strength to strength. The students and the staff make the school an enjoyable place to work and I am focused on the futures of all students in the school.

SENDCo and Designated Safeguarding Lead – Claire Lloyd

With over 25 years teaching experience across primary and secondary, I have seen the many building blocks that go into education and fully appreciate the impact that positive experiences at school can have on the longer term outcomes of students. After completing my degree in Sports Science & Geography from Brunel University, I spent a year in banking. I quickly realised that I wanted to be in a profession that gave something back and so completed my PGCE in Secondary Education (Geography) at Reading University. Following this, I spent the next 15 years teaching in at a secondary school in Oxfordshire, with prolonged spells as Humanities Lead and Head of House. Then, I took the position of SENCo at a local West Berkshire Primary School. It was a decision that shaped the next ten years of my life.  I am passionate about opportunities for all, about challenging all students to have high aspirations and for every student to feel safe and feel a sense of belonging.

ALET Director of Secondary Education – Mark Blackman

I am supporting Mrs Badarello as part of my role on Activate Learning Education Trust’s leadership team, acting as substantive Headteacher.  I have previously been a headteacher, and the CEO of two Trusts, so I really do understand and believe in the power of education to transform lives through learning.   I am really pleased to be working within the Theale Green School community.