Frances Bardsley

Build effective leadership within Schools

As a successful school on the outskirts of London, Frances Bardsley are fortunate to serve a diverse community. 
The Academy is recognised as a ‘Good’ school, with Outstanding features.
They came to C-me to invest in their dedicated team of staff who strive to ensure the best possible education for those in their care.
Frances Bardsley draws on C-me to help them build more effective leadership skills

A word from Frances Bardsley

I firmly believe that to be effective leaders, we need to know ourselves and understand the strengths and weaknesses of those we lead. Working with C-me has given us a language to use that is clear and simple. Their staff are friendly and fun, as well as professional and perceptive. I would highly recommend using them.

Julian Dutnall, Headteacher, Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls.

Objectives & Challenges

C-me build a bespoke leadership training for Frances Bardsley's Senior Leadership Team
  • The academy were looking for a tool to better understand the ways they operate as individuals, as conducive to a more effective team of staff
  • Their newly constructed Senior Leadership Team turned to C-me to build a bespoke training session which would allow them to look at how they operate


Having researched a number of alternatives, after speaking with the team at C-me we were confident that their knowledge of our type of institution would be most suitable for us. We were impressed by the quality of communication, the clarity of the programme and the way the ‘colour wheel’ enabled us to ascertain the profile of our team. 
C-me workshops help Frances Bardsley's leadership teams communicate more effectively
  • The C-me workshops were able to deliver activities which enabled the leadership team to develop a detailed understanding of how the programme works
  • C-me facilitated enlightening conversations around the profiling content for all of the leadership team, which sparked some interesting and necessary discussions
  • The C-me workshops were an invaluable opportunity for self-reflection amongst the academy's middle leadership team. The vast majority commented on how it has helped them manage communications
  • All staff were subsequently made aware of how colleagues preferred to communicate; increasing productivity in meetings and more fruitful relationships


Staff are now much more aware of how to communicate with each other, and this has led to better conversations between colleagues. For our middle leaders, the experience was an invaluable opportunity for self-reflection. The vast majority of the team have commented on the positive way it has helped them manage communications with others.

Julian Dutnall, Headteacher, Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls.

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