He has been a teacher since September 1986 and in the early part of his career taught in both Ireland and the USA. Upon moving to London in 1988 he worked in schools in the London Borough of Barnet in a variety of roles. This involved starting as a Teacher of Geography and then progressing through the system to become a Head of Humanities, Head of Year, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. In January 2009 he became Headteacher of Redden Court School which he led successfully until moving into a permanent focus on the role of Executive Headteacher from Easter 2020. As a result of the success of Redden Court School he was invited to form the Trust by the DfE in 2017. He insisted that the name of the Trust should reflect the overall vision of the Trust in that all stakeholders should be given the opportunity to be successful as part of our provision and offer.
The trust community includes three secondary schools, Redden Court School, The Royal Liberty School, Sanders Draper School and the two primary schools Rise Park Infants and Rise Park Junior.
Our schools are all located geographically within the London Borough Havering in North East London and serves both areas of significant deprivation as well as more affluent areas. Although the majority of students are from a white British background our schools are becoming increasingly more diverse.
Our schools range in size from 3 to 7 forms of entry with an overall current student number of approximately 3000. Our annual trust budget is approximately £20 million and in recent years we have carried out over £30 million worth
of building works in our schools.
Our governance is made up of mainly local people, with a wide variety of skillsets and backgrounds. Local committees work at school level to monitor the areas of Teaching and Learning and Student Matters, whilst the Trustees are responsible for the performance of the Trust Schools as a whole.
The prospect of further growth is exciting for us as we are keen to work with new schools, recognising the exciting opportunities that are possible when working closely together within a trust.