Steve is a Trustee, Co-Founder and Managing 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.
Deputy Managing Director
Paula is a Trustee, Co-Founder and Deputy Managing Director of the Aspirations Academies Trust. Until September 2015, she was also Executive Principal of Rivers Academy West London, which was graded Outstanding by Ofsted (2015). Paula has led significant improvement in two schools over the past 6 years. Between 2010 and 2012, Rivers Academy West London 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 judged to be Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Prior to Rivers, Paula was Headteacher of Goffs School in Hertfordshire, improving the 5+ A*-C including English and Maths GCSE performance from 52% to 72% in one year (2010).
Teaching School Lead, 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.
Regional Director of Education, West London
Mandy is the Regional Director of Education for the West London District.
For 10 years, Mandy was the Principal of Oak Hill Academy, a large urban junior school, which was graded Good with Outstanding features by Ofsted. Under Mandy’s leadership, the school went through many changes, including expansion and a large building project. She built capacity within the school for the staff to work collaboratively and developed a self-sustaining culture of school improvement. One of the key factors of this was developing a coaching culture within the school alongside the use of video (IRIS) to develop teaching and learning. This is something that Mandy is passionate about, having seen first-hand the benefits of a coaching culture at work.
Recently, Mandy has supported new Principals in ensuring systems and structures are in place for school development and improvement.
Mandy is also a certified coach for business and personal coaching.
Principal, Rivers Academy West London
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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’.