Our Team

BSB is a caring, learning community with a team of dedicated, passionate professionals

Meet our Senior Leadership Team
Jon Locke – Executive Principal

Jon joined BSB as Executive Principal in 2018 and has led the school to record success; BSB was judged to be Outstanding in all categories in the recent BSO inspection.

Before moving to Spain Jon spent 10 years as Headteacher of the Leventhorpe School in the UK where he was accredited a National Leader of Education (NLE), and the school, a National Teaching School. Jon studied Maths at Cardiff University and a PGCE at the University of Cambridge, playing rugby for both. He also played international Rugby and represented Saracens for a number of years.

He now enjoys cycling, running and walking in the beautiful local countryside.

Dominik Anke – Senior Business Manager

Dominik was appointed Business Manager for BSB in 2018, where he oversees the areas of Finance, HR, Facilities & Operations, Admissions, and IT for all campuses.

Joining one of the largest and most prestigious international schools in Barcelona was a heart decision after his career in finance, consulting, and management: Dominik’s father was a Headteacher and his mother a Primary teacher.

Dominik has a law degree and an MBA from the IESE Business School. In his spare time, he enjoys long walks in nature, travelling, and skiing.

Emma Overton – Headteacher, Early Years and Primary, BSB Castelldefels

Emma relocated with her family from the UK in 2017 to become Head of Primary at BSB, Castelldefels.

Prior to this Emma was Head Teacher of a large primary school in the North East of England for 8 Years, where she achieved outstanding success through innovative practices. Emma was also the Primary Director for North Tyneside Learning Trust, collaborating with 44 other Trust Schools. Emma has a BA (Hons) in Primary Education and was awarded NPQH (National Professional Qualification in Headship) from the National College in 2011.

In her spare time, Emma enjoys skiing, yoga, walking and travel.

James Petrie – Headteacher, Secondary & Pre-University, BSB Castelldefels & BSB Nexus

James was appointed Deputy Head of BSB Secondary in 2015 and has been Headteacher since 2018.

He has taught and led in UK state and Independent schools as well as working in the international sector.

James has a degree in English and Related Literature from the University of York and a PGCE from Cambridge University.

James’ interests include History, Literature, Art and Sport.

Katherine Monaghan – Headteacher, Early Years and Primary, BSB City

Katherine joined BSB as Deputy Headteacher in 2016, co-leading the inaugural BSB Sitges team.

In 2021, she was appointed Founding Headteacher of the new EYFS and Primary BSB City Campus.

Katherine has an MA (Cantab.) in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, where she also earned her PGCE. As a post-graduate, she specialised in early childhood research and holds an MA in International Childhoods from the University of Sheffield.

Katherine’s passions include her family, the performing arts, and travel.

Rachael Symes – Headteacher, Early Years and Primary, BSB Sitges

Rachael joined BSB in 2021 as Head of Primary and Early Years at BSB, Sitges.

Previously she was part of the senior leadership team at the Australian International School in Singapore where she was Head of Early Years. Her career in primary education spans three decades and across three countries, Australia, Singapore and Spain. Rachael holds a Bachelor of Education Primary, a Bachelor of Teaching where she majored in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy from Monash University.

Rachael’s goal is to develop caring and adaptable citizens; with the disposition, expertise and desire to improve our future world. As a leader, she believes in guiding with love, care and respect and building a positive school community on a firm foundation of trust.

Academic Year 2022-2023

Our Teaching Staff

The British School of Barcelona has a dedicated and passionate team of teachers who provide stimulating learning opportunities tailored to each pupil’s needs, as well as outstanding personal development provision and futures and careers guidance.

Follow the links below for a full list of teaching staff in each of our campuses.

If you wish to contact a staff member directly, please send them a message through Cognita Connect (parent app) using the following search structure: Initial of First Name + Surname (eg. J Dean)

British School of Barcelona

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