Staff Stories and Testimonials

Whole Trust Staff

Mr Barrett, Director of Finance

I joined Redden Court in 2012 shortly after the school converted to Academy Status in January 2012. From that time I have learned something new every day. Little did I know the range of experiences I would have within the school. I have enjoyed every single day I have worked in the school and am extremely proud of the outcomes the students achieve and the part that I play in that. We are about to encounter an exciting time at the school with the formation of the Multi Academy Trust and building works through the Priority Schools Building Programme that will enhance the quality of provision for our students.

The Success for All Education Trust is a place where I want to come to work with enthusiasm each day and I am empowered by an amazing leadership team.

Mrs Willis, Education Welfare Officer

I am proud to have joined the Success for All Trust as Education Welfare Officer in 2017. The team of professionals I am fortunate to work with are dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of our young people.

I have worked hard to streamline and standardise the Trust attendance procedures and policies across all three schools, so that our high expectations are consistent and unified. I work closely with our excellent Attendance Officers in the three schools and I am responsible for promoting excellent attendance, providing legal guidance around school attendance legislation, and offering my support.

It is a proven fact that excellent attendance is directly linked to achievement and it is of course, one of the important life skills that prepares our young people for the world beyond school. The welfare part of my role is important to me and I work with students/families to overcome barriers and life challenges that impact on attendance to school. I am passionate about my work and the high standards expected from our young people within our brilliant schools and I feel privileged to be part of the “Success for All” Trust.


Mrs McGee, Trust Lead Practitioner for English

I feel privileged to have worked at Redden Court School for over 12 years. Firstly, as an Advanced Skills Teacher in English, followed by Head of English and now as the Lead Practitioner in English for the SFAET. It is clear from my journey, that the Trust values the personal development of its staff as well as its students and this is a reassuring aspect of being part of this organisation. In recent years, it has been exciting to carry the 'committed to success for all' ethos into other schools in the Trust and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. In my supportive and developmental role, I have been lucky to share good practice with dedicated and hard working colleagues; in what has been a relatively short amount of time, we have evolved into a collegiate and integrated team of professionals working towards a common goal: success for all. I feel lucky to work for the Trust and I am very excited about its future evolution.

Redden Court School

Mr Pendred, Director of Technology

I arrived at Redden Court School as an NQT, and at the time I never thought I would progress as quickly as I have. This is a school that really recognises and rewards hard-work. From the very start I had the responsibility of being a subject leader in Product Design, then after only two years I progressed to Head of Department in Design and Technology, and in my fifth year at the school I was made Head of the Technology Faculty. I have had a key involvement in much of the school signage and have had opportunities to run school trips and lead a STEM club. This is an ambitious and supportive school full of great staff, and in my opinion there is no better place to pursue a career in teaching.

Miss Morris, PA to the Executive Head Teacher and Headteacher of Redden Court School

When I joined RCS over 11 years ago, I was job sharing the role of PA to the Headteacher. Now I work full time as the PA to the Executive Headteacher of the Success for All Educational Trust and the Headteacher at Redden Court School.

I have always felt supported and empowered to excel in my performance and development and am considered a valuable member of the Trust and Redden Court School team.

Ms Todd, SFAET Leading Practitioner of Maths

Redden Court is a wonderful school and has supported me over the years with each stage of my professional progression. I started my training here as GTP in 2007, became leader of the house system, second in Maths and then Head of Faculty in January 2014. More recently, I have gained Lead Practitioner accreditation and when I returned to work after having my son, I was promoted to Lead Practitioner for Maths across the the Success for All Educational Trust. I have been given huge opportunities and been supported each step of the way.

Redden Court is a wonderful teaching environment, with excellent resources and students who make you love the job! If you are a good teacher, with great ambition and enthusiasm you will be supported and encouraged to go on and achieve fantastic things in your career at Redden Court.

The Royal Liberty School

Ms Cooper, Head of Year Seven

My journey at The Royal Liberty School began in January 2003, filing and answering the phone in the office. Little did I know how much working with the students and staff at this school would inspire, challenge and motivate me to progress from working one day a week, to 3 days a week and finally full-time - from receptionist to Pastoral Support Assistant/Cover Supervisor to Head of House and to my current role as Head of Year 7 and a member of the safeguarding team.

Within each role I have been afforded the opportunities to become involved in other activities to help enrich student’s experiences of education both around learning and their wellbeing, this had included coordinating extra-curricular activities, leading on the Duke of Edinburgh school, running Jack Petchey training and intervention programmes.

Being part of the safeguarding team has allowed me to develop further; being part of a team that creates an environment where children feel safe in their surroundings, keeping up to date with policy and practice and responding to concerns. This allows us to ensure the needs of a child always comes first.

My work with the Year 7’s inspires me, from my first contact with them in their primary school setting, through to their transition to secondary school and then throughout their first year. Watching these young men gain confidence, self esteem and life skills makes my role everyday rewarding and worthwhile. A privileged position to be in.

Ms Vincent, Examinations Officer

I started at the RLS in 2003 as an attendance officer, it was the first time I had worked in a school so did not know what to expect. Before all the new tech was introduced the role was a lot of admin tasks. As the years went on new systems was introduced involved a lot of learning and progressing into the 20th century. I am still working here after 16 years and seen a lot of changes not just within my role but the school.

As an associate member of the school the staff I work within my role of an examinations/admissions officer SLT are always at hand to help and assist me in all aspect of my job. Students are always polite and hardworking. My invigilators have been working here for some years always comment on the excellent behaviour within the examination of the students.

The Royal Liberty School is a friendly school and whenever I can I recommend the school to friends and family.

Ms Larner, SENDCO

I have now been at The Royal Liberty School for over 12 years. I joined The Royal Liberty School soon after I finished my PGCE. Although the first year of teaching can be daunting I found the staff at Royal Liberty were very supportive and helped me constantly improve. As a small school you get to know all the staff and there is a strong feeling of community. There are many chances to work collaboratively and staff are very willing to help their colleagues when they can.

There have also been lots of opportunities to progress within the school. I have been able to take on several different roles during my time at Royal Liberty. I started as a history teacher and then took on the role of KS3 Curriculum Coordinator. This allowed me to work on a cross-curricular role. This then led on to the role of Literacy Coordinator and a cross-school role. Finally, I have taken on the role of SENCO within the school. I have been supported throughout my time here and been given the opportunity to attend training and gain qualifications that have been pivotal for my role, such as the National Award for SEN Coordination qualification.

Sanders Draper School

Ms Nicholson, Deputy Headteacher Pastoral

Since joining Sanders Drapers as a trainee teacher, I have been able to grow and develop my skills and expertise through the opportunities and experiences made available to me. I have filled the role of Geography teacher, Head of Year, Leader for KS4 and progressed to the Senior Leadership team, here I lead on across the school on all matters pastoral. Sanders shares my view that it is vital we develop the whole child. The school believes passionately in every young person. I have huge admiration for our students. They are the heartbeat of our school. Our staff are passionate and dedicated in ensuring that they support our students. As part of the SFAET I am able to further develop as a leader and utilise expertise across the trust.

Ms Allen, Key Stage Three Science Lead

Sanders Drapers School have supported me from when I was training 5 years ago, through my NQT and then I progressed into the KS3 Lead in Science role 3 years ago. I have been encouraged to challenge stereotypes within the Science industry to help more girls think about a career in Science by a number of interesting projects I have been working on. The staff and students are a pleasure to work with and I enjoy coming into work everyday. I can see that the Multi-Academy-Trust is a good support network and I look forward to the progress that we are planning on making as a School to become the best that we can be.

Mrs King, Deputy Headteacher Raising Standards

Sanders School recognises the need to Raise Standards across the school for all students. My appointment was based upon this, coming from a school that changed from Special Measures to Good in 5 years. I have had the privilege of working in Dagenham, Dubai and Basildon and hope that my experience can help drive Sanders to be the best school it can be, whilst remaining a community school with a great history. The staff and students are a pleasure to work with and our team ethic is impacting positively on our results and pupil achievement. Our drive and inclusion in the Multi-Academy Trust can help us to meet our goals for all of our students.