Meet the Principal and Head of School

Welcome to our website. I hope you find it informative and it makes clear the type of school we are, our high aspirations aspirations for our young people as they journey through the school with us.
I am David Bailey, Principal here at Biddenham; a that I have been privileged to hold for the last nine years having been at the school for 19 years now.
Our school is a  successful, vibrant and wonderfully diverse community comprehensive that is committed to high standards in all areas, first class teaching and ensuring that students are cared for in their time with us and leave us with many happy memories. It is our job to work with our parents and young people to ensure that they get to where they want to be in life and realise their potential.
Our overarching mission is ‘Opening Minds, Transforming Lives’ and our Core Principles are Friendship and Compassion, Inspiration, Determination, Enjoyment and Success.(More on our Mission, Core Principles and Values can be found here.) As a school we aim to nurture the strengths and potential in all students of all abilities in all disciplines through a challenging, supportive and inspiring environment. Opportunities for enrichment within and beyond the curriculum are plentiful and we are committed to providing a wide range of opportunities for all our students.
In short, Biddenham is a school that values individuals, transforms lives and where ‘success for all’ is not just a mantra, but infuses all we do; you will get a strong sense of that from this website.
David Bailey
My name is Eleanor Grylls, Head of School and I would like to share our vision for the school community that we are building here at Biddenham International School and Sports College.
We believe in the power of education to transform lives for the better and create leaders of the future.  We want our young people to be inspired to love learning and develop as a whole person and Biddenham is an exciting environment where this aspiration becomes a reality.  It is vital to maintain an unwavering focus on fostering high levels of achievement in order to make sure that students progress to where they want to be in the next phase of their lives and fulfil their dreams and ambitions.
Learning in the 21st Century needs to equip young people, our sons and daughters, with skills as well as knowledge to prepare them for the challenges of a global society.  Biddenham does this and much more. We are also about building strength of character within a secure and embracing family ethos that celebrates diversity in all its richness and is underpinned by a culture of sporting and performance excellence.
At Biddenham we cultivate and value positive relationships between staff and students, between students themselves and amongst the staff team.  We pride ourselves on knowing students; knowing the young people behind the numbers.  Students at Biddenham have every opportunity to develop their unique talents and therefore have every opportunity to succeed.  I am firmly committed to achieving this vision for all of the students in our Biddenham family.
Eleanor Grylls
Head of School