Bradley Salisbury

Bradley Salisbury

Headmaster, Dean Close School
Biography

Bradley trained to be a teacher of Religious Studies (RS) with Sport at the University of Bristol's Graduate School of Education. It was on the RS course that he met his wife, Clare. Bradley spent the next nine years working in Bristol first at a large comprehensive school on the outskirts of the city and before taking up a post first at Head of RS and Assistant Chaplain and then Head of Middle School (Years 10 & 11) in an independent school in the city centre. At this time, Bradley began studying for a part-time Masters in Educational Leadership at the University of Bristol at the same time as moving to Wells Cathedral School to run the RS department and to be the Housemaster of a Boarding and Day house for 60 boys from Years 10 to 13. Bradley was a boarder himself from age 11 to 18, so a return to a boarding house was welcome. In 2009, Bradley joined the staff of Dean Close as Senior Deputy Head before moving to be Headmaster of the Senior School in 2016, when the then Headmaster, Jonathan Lancashire, became the first Warden/CEO of Dean Close. Bradley's philosophy of education is built on the principle that school days are about preparing pupils for the next stage of their life. It is not enough for schools to just deliver exam results. Schools should not just help young people to secure places on university courses or jobs, but to build and sustain relationships, play an active role in the community and have a broad view of life. Bradley says, At Dean Close, this can be seen in the commitment to co-curriculum and leadership programmes that sit alongside a rigorous academic curriculum which teaches both skills and knowledge. One of the great strengths of Dean Close is that there is no 'typical Decanian', each year is shaped and impacted by the wide variety of pupils and staff who make up this living community. Everyone works hard and takes great pleasure from each other's achievements. Beyond school, Bradley enjoys both playing and watching sport, spending time on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, being an active member of St Matthew's Church in Cheltenham and the company of his three teenage daughters, when they let him.