Biography: I was privileged to lead a group of talented professionals on our successful bid to open the free school. I was appointed Principal since January 2014 and prior to that I have worked as Assistant Head Teacher at Forest Gate Community School for six years, bringing considerable leadership skills to the group. I have also served as a governor in two secondary schools and have worked closely with governors in my most recent place of work. I have been involved in a number of voluntary organisations working with young people in inner city areas. I have a passion for education and a sincere belief that every child can transform their lives through education. I bring extensive experience to the governing body including leading teams, managing projects and change, excellent understanding of finances having set and delivered positive budgets for the past six years. I have an excellent understanding of the Tower Hamlets community that we serve and good links with businesses and community organisations.
Role: Vice Principal - Designated Safeguarding Lead
Biography: Becoming an English Teacher gave me the opportunity to inspire through reading and writing. I realised that while it is true that "there’s magic in the web of reading and writing" (Shakespeare’s Othello), my students could not fathom or begin to appreciate the liberation the written word provides due to their low literacy levels. This ignited the passion to become a SENDCO to find solutions through support and interventions in order to diminish the gap between non-SEN/D and SEND. I witnessed the impact of this last year, when one of my very low ability students who could not read in year 7, finished from University of Southampton with a First-Class Honours degree!
The latter part of my career has made me realise that as well as effective teaching, we need to be more conscious of the external factors that may hinder learning. What impact would an outstanding lesson have on a child if they were unsure of where their next meal was coming from, or they are dealing with bereavement? Or too scared to come out of their homes due to the fear of gangs and county line culture? Bullying? Unfortunately, this is the harsh reality of some of our learners and my role as a safeguarding lead has helped me to be an advocate for such students. I believe teaching children about risks they might face, and equipping them to manage those risks, will ultimately allow true education to operate in its fullest capacity within any school and especially at LEA. Having such an impact on the lives of our learners is real education!
Role: Assistant Principal
Biography: I have been privileged to work in education for 21 years. 16 of those years has been in Tower Hamlets school - Stepney Green School, St. Paul’s Way and Bethnal Green Academy. I have a deep-rooted connection to Tower Hamlets, having grown up in Bethnal Green and attended local primary and secondary schools in addition to Queen Mary’s University. I have been directly involved in improving two school into outstanding in Tower Hamlets and bring these skills to LEA.
I have a passion for education and transforming the life chances of our students.
Role: Assistant Principal
Biography: I have almost 20 years of teaching experience in various inner-city schools with diverse intake. Prior to joining LEA, I have worked in two outstanding schools as a head of department and a member of the senior leadership team. I was one of the founding members of the very successful The City Academy, Hackney. Subsequently, I led the development of the new built sixth form at The City Academy, which continues to be one of the most successful sixth forms in the local area. From 2018 – 2019, as a senior leader of an independent school, I led a successful Ofsted for the school which subsequently was graded Good from the previous grading of Inadequate. I am passionate about securing excellent outcomes for all our children, particularly for those from the disadvantaged backgrounds. For this reason, I lead an educational charity outside my formal work to support these students to achieve their potential.
Role: Assistant Principal
Biography: My vision for education of young people is to increase their life chances through inclusion, equality and giving them the best opportunities to succeed. I wish to promote the idea of ‘Learning to be Learners’, remove the cultural deficiencies and eradicate the lack of aspirations. I aim to make independent learners who enjoy learning, make accelerated progress and achieve. I have been successful with developing independent learners and I am happy that my vision, knowledge and leadership skills have contributed to the positive impact on the lives of young people in the last 25 years.
I come from the great vibrant city of Mumbai, India. Being fortunate to be educated in the best school (St. Mary’s) and college (St. Xavier’s) in Mumbai, I was inspired by my mother (Principal of an all through school and sixth form) to take up the noble profession of teaching and it was my earnest wish to impart the quality of education I received to the children who were not presented with the same life opportunities. Hence, I joined a school established in 1877 by a Christian American missionary for the underprivileged children. I served there for 6 years as a key stage coordinator of Science and maths, before I relocated to the UK.
This is my 20th year of teaching in the UK and my journey began from a school in North Lincolnshire and brought me to Essex and London. I have served as a middle leader and senior leader on the academic and the pastoral aspects of the school. My expertise is in leading the pastoral and the behavioural systems in school and ensuring all that all barrier’s to children’s learning are removed to facilitate the best educational outcomes for each child.
Role: School Business Manager