Senior Leadership Team

Mr S Paddock


My career has been varied to date, with a period of time within the banking recruitment sector in London and New York, before eleven years at a comprehensive school in Croydon and four years as Deputy Headteacher at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy before joining The Wellington Academy.   I look at the world as a sports person, life to me is about setting and chasing goals/dreams, my current adventure is to prepare for the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe race in April 2021.   I am married with two children and have a Springer Spaniel puppy.  My spare time is spent competing/training and preparing for the sports I do which include, running, cycling, kayaking and triathlon.  The latter sport is close to my heart as I have competed for GBR in the recent past.  I am a leader within Wellington as I believe wholeheartedly that education gives young people control and ultimately power over their futures and I want to embed this within each and every pupil at The Wellington Academy as we move forward together.

Mr R Wood

Senior Deputy Head

I have been with The Wellington Academy right from the start in 2009, I previously taught at a secondary school just outside of Bath and teach Mathematics. I am married with four children between 14 and 7 years old and we have a mad spaniel called Elsie. I enjoy cycling and running as well as most outdoor activities and if I didn’t teach my ideal job would be something outdoors, not sure what though! I wanted to become a teacher because having a good education and being able to achieve good qualifications is the best possible start in life for a young person and the key to future success as an adult. As a teacher and a senior leader I am privileged to be able to provide these opportunities for the pupils at The Wellington Academy.

Mr J Willcocks

Deputy Headteacher

I joined the Wellington Academy in March 2019 and teach mathematics, I am also a Year 11 tutor for Hill House and took over as Designated Safeguarding Lead in June 2019. I have been a teacher since qualifying from Bristol University in 1994. I started work in a secondary modern in Bournemouth. I have worked in a range of schools, including comprehensive, Upper Schools, Middle Schools, co-educational and single sex, both in the state and independent sector. In the past I retrained as a Family Law Mediator and started my own business. However I missed my vocation and came back to it. I have had many roles in teaching including those in middle and senior leadership. My family and I live in Dorset on the edge of the Wilshire border. I was born in Great Yarmouth and have lived in Dorset since 1994. I spent time in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire before returning to Dorset last year to be near my wider family, we don’t have any pets since our dog sadly died of old age earlier this year but are looking to add a cat to the family in August! My son and I co-own a car which we take to shows and run around the odd track. We are always trying to work out what is wrong with it, and fix it! Sometimes very frustrating but we always work it out in the end. I am also a keen cyclist. If I didn’t teach I would without a doubt be a racing driver! I am a petrol head – so anything car based. I wanted to become a teacher because my family have been teachers, and I guess that did rub off! Helping young people is very rewarding and challenging at times, like all of us, I would like to be able to make a difference in some small way.

Mr E Mather

Deputy Headteacher

I joined the Academy in April 2019 and teach Science, Computer Science and ICT I was previously an Assistant Head teacher: Director of Sixth Form at Yateley School, I had 350 students in the Sixth Form and we were rated Outstanding! I grew up near Romsey so a Hampshire native, but went to school in Salisbury for a while. I have a 20 year old cat called Yoda and my hobbies include old cars and riding bikes. If I wasn’t a teacher, my dream job would be an explorer or failing that, a hot-rod builder, but I wanted to become a teacher because I realised that I liked working with people the most!

Mr J Hill

Deputy Headteacher

I joined The Wellington Academy in September 2019 as Deputy Head for Teaching and Learning.  I started my career in 2006 as a History teacher and have worked at two other schools previously.  In my role I will be working to ensure that we have the highest standards of teaching at the Academy and that every student has the opportunity to thrive in our classrooms.  I’m originally from Worcester and went to university in Swansea but I now  live locally with my family and have come to know the area well.  In my spare time you can find me running (sometimes to school and back!), playing a bit of village cricket or the occasional round of golf, doing the odd bit of fishing or simply walking the dog.  I’ve really enjoyed my time at the Academy so far and feel proud to work here.
Mr M Baker

Assistant Headteacher - Assessment & Intervention

Mr Baker joined The Wellington Academy in 2014 as a Geography teacher, he is also a tutor for Year 8, Raglan House and became Assistant Headteacher in June 2019.

Ms S Hawkins

Assistant Headteacher

I joined the Wellington Academy in January 2020 as an Assistant Headteacher. In my role of raising standards, I have the responsibility for ensuring that students can and do succeed; enabling them to confidently take the next steps when they leave the academy. In addition, I also oversee the training and development of teachers who are embarking on their careers, supporting them to support and stretch our students. I have been in teaching for 15 years and in that time have worked in Kent, London and Southampton taking on a variety of leadership roles.
Ms S Middleton

Director of Finance & Operations

Ms Middleton joined The Wellington Academy in January 2019