Profiles

John Tomsett, headteacher, Huntington School
John Tomsett, headteacher, Huntington School
Each week since 2012 John Tomsett has typed a missive beginning with the sentence: “I have been a teacher for 27 years, a headteacher for 12 years and,...
Christine Bayliss, interim chief executive, Prima Learning Trust
Christine Bayliss, interim chief executive, Prima Learning Trust
In Sepember 13, 2014, the first edition of Schools Week burst on to the scene with a front-page story about Trinity Free School, in south London, which cost...
Stephen Morales, chief executive, NASBM
Stephen Morales, chief executive, NASBM
As a sportsman and former national league basketball champion, Stephen Morales wants to know where everyone on the court is heading. He speculates, for instance, on the “end...
Kathy Kirkham, chief operating officer, Bright Tribe
Kathy Kirkham, chief operating officer, Bright Tribe
Kathy Kirkham is the model of a no-fuss multi-academy trust leader. She’s open and direct, addressing each question thoughtfully and without hesitation. A former comprehensive school student who...
Nick Timothy, director, New Schools Network
Nick Timothy, director, New Schools Network
People who run the New Schools Network (NSN) tend to move on to bigger, brighter, bluer things. Its first director, Rachel Wolf, currently resides at No 10 as...
Sharon Hodgson, shadow children’s minister
Sharon Hodgson, shadow children’s minister
Sitting in her parliamentary office more than ten years after first becoming an MP, what would Sharon Hodgson tell her 15-year-old self? She becomes emotional as she considers...
Glenys Stacey, chief regulator, Ofqual
Glenys Stacey, chief regulator, Ofqual
It is five years since Glenys Stacey, lawyer-turned-serial-regulator, took the helm as England’s first ‘chief exams regulator’ and she is about to step down. Invited for her last...
Fiona Ritson, English teacher, King Edward VII Academy
Fiona Ritson, English teacher, King Edward VII Academy
English teacher Fiona Ritson is the sort of person you can rely on in an emergency. The batteries on my recorder have run out. She finds replacements in...
Brian Lightman, former general secretary, ASCL
Brian Lightman, former general secretary, ASCL
Two weeks ago, just before an education debate in a small room near Westminster, a murmur whipped round the gathered crowd. Brian Lightman, the mild-mannered general secretary of...
Angie Browne, principal, Steiner Academy Bristol
Angie Browne, principal, Steiner Academy Bristol
Steiner schools have a somewhat controversial reputation. Based on the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian occultist who died in 1925, the schools were recently described as “playful...
Lord Storey CBE, Liberal Democrat Lords principal education spokesperson
Lord Storey CBE, Liberal Democrat Lords principal education spokesperson
Mike Storey is no stranger to power, or education. The Liberal Democrat peer has run two schools, led Liverpool City Council and now heads up his party’s efforts...

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