Senior Team

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Ashid Ali

Role: Principal

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.

Michael Harpham

Dr. Michael Harpham

Role: Associate Principal

Biography: With twenty-five years' teaching experience, fifteen of those at senior leadership level, including headship, in a broad range of schools in London and the Home Counties, Michael has extensive educational and leadership experience to share. In addition, with two master's degrees, completing a doctorate in education and author of two books, he also brings significant authority and ability to his work. His passion is for education. He set up his own consultancy, School Leader Development Ltd, to develop and deliver training programmes for teachers and school leaders. He also enjoys supporting and developing staff and teams to reach their potential and as such, tours universities with a training programme for PGCE and BEd students based on his first book, "Progress Plain and Simple" and is a highly experienced mentor and coach.


Abdul Moquith

Role: Vice Principal

Biography: I have been teaching for over 20 years in various schools all around London and the last 10 years as a Senior Leader. I was educated and grew up in the East End when I was a teenager. Hence joining the LEA as Vice Principal is not only an exciting chapter of my life which I am looking forward to, but feels like I am coming back home!
Throughout my teaching career I have always believed that education is for all and no one should be disadvantaged because of their socio-economic background. Growing up in Whitechapel in the 70’s and 80’s was very difficult but I have to thank my teachers for motivating, inspiring, keeping me safe and challenging me to do my best at school, thus giving me the best life chances.
I want to play a pivotal role in making LEA a school we can all be proud of and firmly believe it is only a matter of time for this to be a reality if we all work together.

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Ashraf Khan

Role: Vice Principal 

Biography: I have 20 years of experience working in school settings including primary, secondary, independent, faith based, non-denominational, single sex, co-ed and free schools. I have worked as an Educational Consultant in School Improvement as well as running a small perfume business in London. My previous roles include working as a Curriculum Development Advisor for a MAT in Newham, Vice Principal in LEA and prior to that as an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) in Maths. Further, I am an accredited WRAP trainer from the Home Office and hold a Masters in Education as well as National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH). All of the above gives me a sound set of skills and experience to be in a position to support and challenge the Principal at a strategic level in order to help the Academy progress.


Helen Cleary

Role: Designated Safeguarding Lead & Assistant Principal

Biography: Having worked in schools in central Manchester after my PGCE, I moved to London in 2001 to work in a community school in Barnet. I was there for 13 years in both curriculum and pastoral leadership roles. I was part of a team demonstrating and executing rapid school improvement. Our school was the forerunner for several pilot improvement initiatives which were then rolled out nationally. At this time the school had over 75 languages spoken as a first language and social mobility was very high. By 2008 we were recognised as, ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and before I left we were consistently in the top 1% of most improved schools in the country with our value added also in the top 1 or 2%. I have since worked in other inner-city London boroughs in various good and outstanding settings as both Deputy Head and Assistant Head. I have held the Designated Safeguarding Lead role in 3 schools over the last 7 years. I am an art teacher and have been deployed to other settings to raise improvement across art and design subject.


Mwenda Chumpuka

Role: Associate Assistant Principal

Biography: I have been teaching maths for well over 20 years in a number of secondary schools in London. In the last 8 years, I worked in Senior Leadership positions of a varying nature in my teaching experience, including work in a British International school in Southern Africa where I had an absolutely wonderful experience of a different culture to the UK. Not only that, but I also got a taste of what it means to teach at a boarding school where I worked as Deputy Head in charge of Academics. This is my second job in Tower Hamlets and I hope that I will make a positive impact on teaching and learning here at LEA and contribute to the next set of achievements that the school will acquire.

Dr Abul Ali

Dr. Abul Ali

Role: Assistant Principal

Biography: Education serves as the beacon illuminating the path to every student's inherent potential. I staunchly believe that every individual, irrespective of their cultural or economic background, deserves access to a first-class education. It is through education that we sow the seeds of a fair and just society. For over 15 years, I've been immersed in the vibrant educational landscape of London, embarking on a journey that began with my PGCE studies at Cambridge University. Throughout my tenure, I've embraced every facet of the science department, from guiding as a KS5 Coordinator to leading as Director of Science. My roots in Tower Hamlets have instilled in me a profound understanding of the challenges faced by young people today. This awareness fuels my relentless pursuit of equitable education, where every student has the opportunity to thrive. Driven by a passion for results, I've implemented transformative strategies aimed at enhancing student outcomes and fostering a culture of excellence. From facilitating as 2IC to steering the helm as a senior leader, I've consistently strived to empower students and educators alike. As an advocate for change, I stand committed to bridging the gap in educational equity and nurturing a generation of empowered learners. Together, let us continue to champion the transformative power of education and pave the way for a brighter, more inclusive future.


Shumon Ali

Role: Assistant Principal

Biography: Born and raised in Tower Hamlets, I truly understand the challenges that young people face. I firmly believe in the transformative power of education to uplift and empower the youth. This conviction led me to pursue a career in teaching. With over 17 years of experience in education, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my role. With a degree in Mathematics and a teaching qualification (PGCE) in Maths, I began my journey as an educator in 2011. My career has taken me through a diverse range of educational settings, including inner-city schools in Tower Hamlets, Newham, and Brent. Beginning as a dedicated maths teacher, I steadily progressed through the ranks, assuming positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in my role as Head of Department. Driven by a commitment to educational excellence, I transitioned to a prominent multi-academy trust (MAT), where I spent over 8 years as a Senior Leader, holding various leadership roles. Now, as a member of the LEA, I continue to channel my passion for education into creating meaningful opportunities for young people to thrive and succeed.


Paola Haik

Role: School Business Manager

Biography: I have a School Business Management degree and 14 years of experience in different school settings. I have worked as a School Business Manager in a special needs and secondary school. I have completed a postgraduate certificate in coaching and firmly believe that happiness leads to success, and I want to be a part of a student’s journey to success. I speak Arabic, Italian, and English fluently and enjoy hiking, especially in the summer. I am happy to be a part of LEA; it is a diverse environment with students from all walks of life, and it is great to be here.

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Transport Routes

Bus routes – D3, 15, 40, 115, 135, 25, 205, 254,100

DLR to Shadwell or overground

Underground to Aldgate East or Whitechapel