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Dr A E Bruton BSc MEd EdD
Dr Alison Bruton

I graduated in 1981 from Royal Holloway College, London University, with a degree in mathematics. After taking a PGCE my first teaching post was at King Edward VI Sixth Form College in Stourbridge where I taught A’ Level physics and mathematics. Part-time teaching followed the birth of my children as did a move to Wolverhampton Girls’ High School where I moved from being a part-time physics teacher to being Curriculum Deputy Head via roles as Head of Science and Head of Sixth Form.

I took up my post as Head Teacher at Queen Mary’s High School in September 2009, and have never looked back. From the moment I set foot in the school I knew that it would become a huge part of my life. I am grateful to have been given the privilege of leading such an outstanding educational institution with such an impressive tradition of achievement.

Further study has always been my passion and I graduated in 1999 with an MEd in Management and Policy Studies, studied on a part time basis with the University of Birmingham. After completing my NPQH I then decided to pursue an EdD in Leaders and Leadership in Education and graduated formally in July 2013.

Welcome to my blog – I hope you find what you read interesting and, occasionally, thought provoking. I am aiming to regularly update this entry on our web site with a range of news and other information relating to Queen Mary’s and also, to share some of my own experiences and thoughts as Head Teacher of this superb school.


Love my job!

When I was applying for a job as Head Teacher I was often told that it was the best job in the world.  What they didn’t say was that it takes over your life and that you fall in love … Continue reading

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So proud!

Well, I have let so much time pass by since my last post for which I am ashamed.  But, after the amazing outcomes for our A’ Level students last Thursday I cannot fail to celebrate their achievements with a wider audience. … Continue reading

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Death of a good friend

I am saddened to share with you news of the passing of June Tinkler one of our old girls who was Chair of the Old Girls’ Club for  25 years.  She was a staunch supporter of the school and was … Continue reading

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Eclipse at QMHS!

As a physics teacher I was thrilled to be able to see the eclipse last Friday.  We were fortunate enough to have superb weather conditions to enable us to view the eclipse very clearly.  Thanks to Mr Hinks, who had … Continue reading

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Leonard Nimoy RIP

Many of you will know that I am a Star Trek fan.  As a child I watched the original series and was immediately hooked.  Since then I have watched each series with great interest, my most recent favourite being Voyager … Continue reading

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Lots happening

I daresay many will have seen the article in the E&S about my NLE (National Leader of Education) designation.   I am thrilled at this success as it means that Queen Mary’s is now a National Support School and that … Continue reading

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The approach to Christmas

I’m hoping everyone had a good half term break.  Sadly I had a cold for most of the week, but I have been doing some baking;  Christmas puddings are underway, I need to get to the cake next! I am … Continue reading

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Superb achievement!

What a thrill it was today to be present when our students collected their AS and A level results.  They have worked so hard over such an extended period of time and have been rewarded with some outstanding achievements. We … Continue reading

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Well done everyone!

Today brought a milestone in the life of Queen Mary’s with an incredible 1,200 girls taking our entrance test this afternoon.  The tried and tested system we run was, yet again, successful and all girls and parents were reunited at … Continue reading

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Exam good wishes

My very best wishes to all of our students who are now taking their examinations.  They have worked so hard and deserve to do well.  Don’t forget that we’re here if you need us!

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