COMMENTS FROM OUR OCTOBER 2019 COHORT.

“The hotseat discussions were a highlight for me as I enjoyed learning from the different visitors each week, and discussing situations with other professionals who have greater experience was so valuable.”

Rachel Youngman, Acting Head of the Primary School, Derby High School

“What have I particularly enjoyed?  Reading the think-pieces and related materials – they have been very judiciously selected and I have really enjoyed learning from them.”

Will Shuttleworth, former Assistant Principal, The Ruth Gorse Academy, Leeds

“Headship is so vast and complex, as it covers every detail of the school in some way, so one of the things I’ve found most valuable has been considering how this plays out in terms of senior responsibilities. Building, trusting and developing your team has to be central to the role, and it’s been reflecting on this, as much as the list of topics a Head must engage with, which has been most useful.”

Dan Botting, Deputy Head Academic, Royal Russell School

“I have had to think hard about my educational philosophy and vision and, without the impetus provided by a deadline, I doubt I would have found the time to do this even though I enjoyed it immensely.”

Beth Ashworth, Deputy Head Academic Norwich High School GDST

“I do feel more confident in some of the work I do already and am aware of where I can improve.”

Helen Kirby, Head of Nursery to Year 6, Saint Martin’s School, Solihull

“My initial learning objectives were to understand the mechanisms required in shaping the strategic direction of a school and the most effective methods of implementing them.
Although this process is certainly not complete, I have made great inroads. I feel much more confident that I appreciate the different areas a Head must be aware of, and which of these to prioritise in the early stages of a new headship.”

Rob Furlong, Head of Middle School, Millfield School

“It has been interesting to see how a digital forum can be a useful tool for participating in professional discourse. I do recognise that with increasing seniority and therefore increasing isolation within one’s own school environment, being able to discuss such matters openly with senior colleagues in other schools is particularly valuable.”

Philip Miller, Assistant Head (Director of Admissions and Director of Studies) University College School

“I have enjoyed the course materials immensely and do feel prepared, ready and enthusiastic about ‘the next step’. So thank you.”

Christine Scott-Warburton, Head of Middle School, Durham School

“The course has confirmed that both Senior Leadership and ultimately Headship is a route I want to go down.”

Richard Jones, Housemaster, Canford School

“I have really enjoyed the course and feel that there many things that I can take away with me and use in any interviews that I may have.”

Rittu Hall, Year 6 form tutor and English Co-oridnator, Lyonsdown School

“What have I particularly enjoyed?  Having time and purpose to reflect on the key areas and my current practices.  Really good to gain perspectives and insights from experienced people in areas of marketing, finance and a Chair of Governors.”

Kerri Fox, Vice Principal/Senior Deputy Head, Our Lady’s Abingdon

“The section on finance really got me thinking and I’ve followed this up with conversations back in school to help deepen my understanding.”

Helen Dolding, Deputy Head Pastoral, Norwich High School GDST