Encouraging Excellence, Nurturing Talent in Every Individual
The Headmaster chairs the Leadership Team who are jointly responsible with the Headmaster for the operational life of the school. The Leadership Team meet weekly to discuss operational matters and fortnightly to discuss strategic matters. Each member of the team is responsible for both Leading and Managing their sector. Current posts on the team are:
James Lascelles Headmaster Rhona Adam Headmaster's PA
Responsible for Ethos, Values, Strategic Leadership, Governance, External Relations
Tim Taylor Deputy Head - Teaching and Learning
Responsible for the oversight of Teaching and Learning across the school and the schools overall Quality Assurance Framework and leadership of IT Development.
Mark Hunkin Deputy Head - Operations & Academic & Safegurading
Timetabling, Curriculum - including the GCSE and A Level options processes; Child Protection Officer
Nick Robertson Director of Sixth Form & Senior Head of House
Strategic and Operational Leadership of the Sixth Form
Steve Neal Director of Key Stage 4 & Pupil Premium
Responsible for all Pastoral matters in Year 9 to 11; Leadership of Heads of Year and Tutors in Years 9 to 11
Laura Reeve Director of Key Stage 3 & SENDCO
Responsible for all Pastoral matters in Years 7 & 8 and Primary transition; Leadership of Heads of Year and Tutors in Years 7 and 8 and SEN Line Manager.
Rachel Mowbray Finance and Business Development Director
Operational leadership of the support staff, school finances and IT Development.
As a school we are committed to self improvement through consultation and self evaluation. This takes a number of different forms:
- Annual surveys to parents at each parents' evening which enables us to analyse trends both by year group as well as across the whole school.
- Termly School Parliament Meetings chaired by a Senior Prefect and attended by the Head Boy and Head Girl are reported back to the Leadership Team. The Headmaster's
PA is also clerk to the School Parliament.
- Annual survey of staff and pupils to identify What Went Well [WWW] and things could have been Even Better if....[EBI]
- Development Groups that focus on specific issues picked up through either the development plan or through the annual consultation process: their remit is to take a
consultative approach to initiatives that balances the quantitative and the qualitative.
- An Appraisal system that provides opportunities for staff to feedback their concerns and to identify improvements
- Governors provide an important link to parental viewpoints and the school is fortunate to have many strong critical friends on the Governing Body who are committed to
- A self evaluation process driven through our quality assurance system ensures that we review quantitative data on a regular basis throughout the academic year
comparing ourselves to other selective and independent schools.
- A benchmarking system for our results and target setting run by experts at Durham University thus providing important data to help drive our self evaluation process.
- The Headmaster always welcomes constructive criticism and can be contacted via his PA.