Paul is currently Senior Vice Principal at ARK Evelyn Grace Academy in London SE24 and before that spent three years as Deputy Headteacher at Raynes Park High School in Merton.
He has held senior leadership positions at The Elmgreen School, London SE27 (the UK's first parent-promoted school) and Harris Academy, South Norwood, where he was part of the team that took the school to Outstanding.
He is a History graduate from Middlesex University, with a PGCE from Kingston University and a Masters in Education from London South Bank University. He completed his National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) via the Institute of Education and the National College of School Leadership. He was an Advanced Skills Teacher of History prior to moving into senior school leadership roles, and engaged in outreach work in 12 secondary schools in Lewisham and Bromley. He also worked as a Head of Learning and SENCO. In 2005 he was named London Teacher Of The Year by The Guardian.
From 1994-98 he played basketball for England and Great Britain!
He lives in South London with his wife and young family.
Paul was recruited via a national campaign that culminated in a rigorous full day of assessment tasks at the school and a (tough) subsequent interview. The interview panel (me, our Vice Chair of Governors Jan Allcorn, Chair of our Teaching & Learning Committee Nikki Rossner, AET's Chief Executive Ian Comfort and Director of Children's Services for the London Borough of Richmond Nick Whitfield) were unanimous in our decision to appoint him.
I believe that Paul will be an inspirational leader of our school and I know that you will all make him feel hugely welcome from the very start. I hope that we will have several opportunities to welcome him into the school and to introduce him to staff and students throughout the Summer Term and in advance of him starting officially in September.
Meanwhile, our own Ms Tracey O'Brien of course remains Acting Principal for the rest of this academic year. As you may know it was never her intention to take on the Principal role permanently - but many of you have, with me, warmly supported her leadership since January. I'm certain you'll continue to give her your full, much-deserved, support as we head towards our all-important Summer Term.
With best wishes,
David Heath, Chair of Governors