Our Headmistress

Mrs Nicola Botterill

Nicky has been Headmistress at Bruton School for Girls in Somerset since September 2012, having been the Deputy Head of St Mary’s Calne from 2007.

She was previously at Putney High School (GDST) for ten years starting as Head of Geography, taking on various academic and pastoral roles over the years, and finally becoming Director of Studies, Director of Marketing and Second Deputy Head.

Her first teaching post was at Wallington Grammar School for Girls where she taught Geography and ICT and established the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Nicky moved to be Head of Department at Ashcroft High School in Bedfordshire, teaching Geography, History and ICT, before travelling the globe for a year, enabling her to see Geography ‘first hand’. Her academic interests include Continual Professional Development (CPD), innovation in Teaching and Learning and Strategic ICT.

Her work to support and promote CPD has been recognised with her appointment as Chair of the Girls’ Schools Association’s Professional Development Committee, a role which means she is also a Director of GSA, serving on the Council.  As well as chairing the GSA PD Committee she is the GSA national representative on the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel (ISTIP).

Nicky is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, has been an Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Team Inspector since 2005 and a Governor of St Francis Prep School, Pewsey since 2012.

Since arriving at the school Nicky has ensured that Bruton School for Girls has been rated ‘Excellent’ (the highest rating possible) by ISI in every area and ‘Outstanding’ (the highest rating possible) for the Early Years provision. Leadership of the school has been described as "dynamic and visionary" in our latest ISI educational quality report. 

The school was presented with a Business Cultural Champion Award by the Arts and Business Council for its keen involvement with Somerset Art Works and support of Somerset Art Weeks, and has also twice been awarded the highly respected Eco-Schools “Green Ambassador Award”, one of only 27 schools in the country to be recognised in this way.

In December 2014, Nicky was awarded the 'Sheila Cooper' award - a national accolade from the Girls' Schools Association in recognition of outstanding and significant contribution to the Association by a recently appointed Head.  Full news story ...

Mrs B's Blog
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Hear how Nicky gained a 'Head for Heights' when she completed a charity abseil for the SpringBoard Bursary Foundation in our News section.


What other people say ...

"We found her engagingly warm, frank, chatty, approachable" and she "has garnered approval from all quarters." 

Read The Good Schools Guide Review

Find out more about our Headmistress when she was interviewed by the Sixth Form.

Interview with the Headmistress