BSB is a caring, learning community with a team of dedicated, passionate professionals
Meet our Senior Leadership Team
James Petrie – Acting Executive Principal
James was appointed Deputy Head of BSB Secondary in 2015 and Headteacher of Secondary and Pre-University in 2018. Since 2023, he has acted as Acting Executive Principal.
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.
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.
Judy Dean – Headteacher, Early Years and Primary, BSB Castelldefels
Judy has been working at the British School of Barcelona since September 2007; she has worked in all Primary year groups from Reception to Year 6 and is now currently the Head Teacher of Primary and Early Years. Judy completed her MEd in Educational Leadership in 2016; her dissertation was focused on the leadership of change in schools.
Judy believes passionately in education of the whole child encompassing academic excellence, child-centred learning, and the development of the whole person. Judy has had an interesting and varied career: from teaching in Brighton, leading a national programme of training and resource development for P.E., to teaching in an International School in Belgium.
Judy moved to Spain in 2007 to follow her love of climbing. She spends her weekends discovering places to climb and has a real love of the outdoors. Judy also swims regularly and enjoys mountain biking.
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.
Jake Richardson – Headteacher, Secondary & Pre-University, BSB City
Jake has been a part of BSB since 2015. In 2017, he assumed the role of Director of Nexus, where he successfully launched and led the BSB Nexus Pre-University Programme. In 2023, he was appointed as the Headteacher, Secondary and Pre-University, at the new BSB City campus.
With a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Newcastle (Australia), a Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Barcelona (Spain), and a PGCE from the University of Nottingham (England), Jake possesses a strong academic foundation. His interests lie in holistic education, teaching strategies, and the psychology of decision making.
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 2023-2024
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)
The 2023-2024 staff lists will be available shortly.