Mr David Brazier has an honours degree in English & American literature from the University of Kent. He also has a PGCE and has studied for and achieved in recent years, an MSC in Managing School Improvement from Reading University.
He came into education as he wished to make a difference in young people's lives and communicate his passion for literature to them. This has grown into an axiomatic belief in the power of education to transform human potential and make the world a better place.
He has taught at four other schools as an English teacher and was for five years, Head of English & Drama at Crosfields School in Reading and he was previously Assistant Headmaster at Davenies in Beaconsfield, Bucks, However for the last six years has been Headteacher at Long Close School.
He has played all the major Games, but is particularly passionate about cricket having played for Berkshire Schools and Hurst in the Thames Valley League. He is a qualified cricket coach. In recent years Long Close has improved its cricket considerably and boasts 5 county level players amongst its pupils, last year the Under 12 team were finalists in the Berkshire David English Under 12 Competition. Mr Brazier has an abiding love of the performing arts, has written three plays that have been performed in schools.
During his time at Long Close David has extended the nursery provision and taken the school to GCSE. He is particularly interested in Teaching and Learning and had had articles published on ‘Assessment for Learning’ and more recently ‘Curriculum Collapse’.
He has been instrumental in developing enrichment programmes for the Gifted and Talented and has experimented with many approaches including practical philosophy, problem solving and currently ‘Curriculum Collapse’. Long Close currently hosts the annual Cognita Gifted and Talented Conference for teachers which boasts speakers of international repute.
David is married with two teenage children and his interests out of school include: cricket, poetry and dogs.