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Aspirations Teaching School Academy

Meet the Trainers

Steve Kenning

Steve Kenning

Founder & Board Director

Steve is Founder and Board Director of the Aspirations Academies Trust. Between 2008 and 2012 Steve was Principal of one of the best schools in the country, Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, which, under his leadership, achieved a ‘perfect’ Ofsted with outstanding in all categories and 99.4% GCSE 5+ A*-C including English and Maths grades in 2012. Prior to this he was Headteacher of Callington Community College in Cornwall for 10 years where he led its transformation into a high performing school. Steve as an educational innovator devised the Space Studio and Post 16 Leadership Incubator Programme concepts.

Paula Kenning

Paula Kenning

Founder & Member / Executive Principal

Paula is Founder, Member and Executive Principal of the Aspirations Academies Trust, she was also until September 2015, Executive Principal of Rivers Academy West London which has been graded “Outstanding” by OFSTED (2015). Paula has led significant improvement in two schools over the past 6 years: At Rivers Academy West London between 2010 and 2012 the Academy achieved its best ever results, 56% 5+ A*-C including English and Maths at GCSE, a 16% improvement on its previous best. In May 2012 the leadership and behaviour of the Academy was inspected as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Prior to Rivers, Paula was Headteacher of Goffs School in Herfordshire improving the 5+ A*-C including English and Maths GCSE performance from 52% to 72% in one year (2010).

Mandy Lancy

Mandy Lancy

Executive Primary Principal West London

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Andria Singlehurst

Andria Singlehurst

Principal, Rivers Academy West London

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Dr Russ Quaglia

Dr Russ Quaglia

Founder & Board Director

Russ is co-founder and President of the Aspirations Academies Trust. He is also President/Founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations based in the USA. Russ is recognized globally as a pioneer in the field of education, known for his unwavering dedication to student aspirations and student voice. Described by national news media as America’s foremost authority on the development and achievement of student aspirations, Dr. Quaglia’s innovative work is evidenced by an extensive library of research-based publications, prominent international speaking appearances, and a successfully growing list of aspirations ventures. Among these ventures, Dr. Quaglia authored the Quaglia Student Voice suite of surveys, iKnow My Class student surveys, and the My Aspirations Action Plan (MAAP), an online aspirations-based planner that helps students to work towards their dreams and track their progress with the support of an adult Aspirations Advocate.

Mark Dorling

Mark Dorling

Director of Computing

Mark Dorling is the Director for Computing at Aspirations Academies Trust. He is a former founding Board Member of the Computing at School group and later went to work for them as National CPD Coordinator where he led various national initiatives funded by the Department for Education and other partner organisations. Mark has a first-class computing degree and is a primary-trained teacher with many years of both primary and secondary teaching, lecturing (teacher training), commercial educational authoring and training experience. He has taught in both all ability and selective schools, leading the introduction of computing across all school key stages several years ahead of government changes which resulted in him playing a leading role in the development of the 2014 National Curriculum Computing Programmes of Study.  Marks work has gained him national and international recognition via the Royal Society Report publication Shutdown or restart in 2012, winning a Times Educational Supplement (TES) Award in 2013, Informatic Europe: Best practice in Education Award in 2014, and was a BETT Award Finalist in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Tom Stephens

Tom Stephens

Vice Principal, Rivers Academy West London

Tom Stephens is Vice Principal at Rivers Academy West London. Tom has a particular interest in curriculum design. He has led a team of practitioners in the design of the Space Studio Banbury curriculum, the first of two innovative new Studio Schools in the Aspirations Academies Trust focused on Space and Aerospace. In 2014, he won Winston Churchill Memorial Trust funding to travel to high performing schools in the US and Scandinavia researching innovative curriculum models that foster high levels of student engagement and excellent academic outcomes. He has written published papers on the role of the non-state sector in the delivery of education in Scandinavia and the implementation of Project Based Learning and related pedagogies.

Tom worked for three years as Assistant Principal and Head of English and Languages School at Rivers Academy West London overseeing a significant improvement in GCSE English outcomes from 58% (2013) to 81% (2016) and on the leadership team judged by Ofsted in March 2015 to be ‘Outstanding’.

In his capacity as Vice Principal Designate of Livingstone Academy East London Tom is leading the design of a curriculum focused on developing the skills, attributes and qualifications essential for success for the future economy.

 

Sue Winton

Sue Winton

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Tabitha Richmond-Cole

Tabitha Richmond-Cole

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Emma Hannaford

Emma Hannaford

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Karen Healy

Karen Healy

Assistant Principal, Magna Academy Poole

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Richard Tutt

Richard Tutt

Principal, Magna Academy Poole

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Jonathan Heap

Jonathan Heap

Principal Designer

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Sara Mashike

Sara Mashike

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Ellie Forward

Ellie Forward

Assistant Principal and Specialist Leader of Education, Magna Academy Poole

Ellie is the Director of Teaching and Learning at Magna Academy and a designated Specialist Leader of Education (SLE). For the last three years, Ellie has been working on improving the standard of teaching within Academies by developing Aspirant Leader Practitioners into Qualified Lead Practitioners through bespoke training programmes. Ellie leads on leadership development and CPD within Magna Academy and is a leadership performance coach. A specialist teacher of Art, Design and Photography, Ellie has ensured A*-C GCSE results between 95-100% consistently over her ten-year teaching career. In addition, as an experienced AS/A2 teacher and examiner, Ellie has aided numerous London based Academies to improve their Post 16 Art and Design practice. In 2016, Ellie completed her NPQSL on the implementation and training of Lead Practitioners within Academies and is now leading on SLE development within the AAT training and support school.