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Staff at Brookways

Melanie has recruited a diverse, creative and nurturing staff team. All teachers have SEN experience and are supported by specialist ASC support staff to deliver a wide range of learning experiences.  All staff have continuous professional development plans in place. Staff training is built into the weekly meeting schedule for all staff.

Kedleston Group is proud of its staff teams which bring together passionate, skilled and experienced educational, care and therapeutic professionals who are supported by the central support team. Staff are well support and our training provision ensures we concentrate on personal development and training staff in order that they can deliver the best outcomes for the young people and children we support.

Staff focus on the support and care which allows each young person to develop as an independent individual, equipped with the knowledge, experience and life skills to look to the future with increased confidence and aspiration. 

Melanie Whitfield BA Hons, PGCE, NPQH


Melanie is the Headteacher of Brookways School. She qualified as a teacher in 1990 and spent the first twenty three years of her career working in two challenging inner city secondary schools in the London Borough of Lewisham.

Donna Edmonds

Deputy Headteacher

Donna Edmonds is the Deputy Headteacher at Brookways School and will take on the role of Interim Headteacher from January 2021.

Charlotte Carpenter BA Hons, PGCE, MA

Senior Teacher/ Interim Assistant Head from January 2021 (Teaching & Learning)

Charlotte joined Brookways School London in January 2019. Starting as a Yellow Class Tutor, she became a middle leader as the whole school Literacy Lead and then moved to Interim Senior Teacher in March 2020. Since September 2020, Charlotte has been a permanent member of SLT.

Emma Stark BSc Hons, PGCE

Assistant Head / Interim Deputy Head from January 2021 (Behaviour and Pastoral)

Emma believes every young person is unique and deserves the best, tailored, enjoyable experience of education they can get, so joined the team at Brookways in January 2018. She is currently the Behaviour and Pastoral lead within the school.