The Headteachers of the three lead schools of The Royal Borough Teaching School Alliance are all recognised as NLEs
Holland Park School
Colin started his career in rural Suffolk in the school where he trained whilst doing his PGCE at the University of Cambridge. From there he went on to teach in Harrogate, in Northumberland where he was the redoubtable Michael Duffy’s Director or Sixth Form; he went on to be Principal Deputy Head in the east of the City of Oxford before taking his first headship in the London Borough of Hounslow. He was appointed to be the headship of Holland Park in 2000. As the longest standing Head of Holland Park he has been the architect of the most fundamental and far reaching of changes taking a failing school with low standards to be the one of the finest and lauded schools in the country. Twice judged outstanding by Ofsted and with examination results frequently in the top 5%, the school exudes academic success. Feted by the great and the good, a regular write up in The Good Schools Guide, the school enjoys a stellar position and seeks to be what one Ofsted inspector called it ‘a grammar school for all’. Colin regards himself as a rather old-fashioned sort of Head: he teaches, he leads by example, he is a stickler for formality and attention to detail. He quickly gets on with the mundane and daily. Somehow – all the minor details result in an ambitious vision realised.
Work-life balance? Never heard of it. He thinks he has a home somewhere that begins with the letters Ch.
The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
Paul Stubbings graduated from the University of Durham with a degree in Classics and was appointed to the teaching staff of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in 1989. He has spent his career at the school, becoming a Head of Year in 1994 and attaining a Master’s degree in Education for Special Needs from the Institute of Education in 1995. Rapid elevation followed: he became an Assistant Headteacher in 1997 and a Deputy Head in 2004, when he assumed pastoral responsibility for Years 7 to 10. In October 2011, he was made Headmaster.
The past five years have been a period of further rapid development for the school, which regularly tops national tables of examination performance at both A-level and GCSE. The school was named The Sunday Times’s Comprehensive of the Year in 2014 and in 2016 topped The Daily Telegraph’s national table of boys’ comprehensive schools at GCSE and replicated that feat in The Times at A-Level in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2015.
In April 2015 the Vaughan attained academy status, a designation which has enabled greater freedom to innovate as the school moves into its second century. The focus of his leadership is very much on what occurs in the classroom combined with a broader strategic vision of ongoing improvement.
Thomas Jones School
David Sellens has been the Head of Thomas Jones School for the last 16 years. During this time the school has been transformed into one of the most successful in the country, with rigour and innovation integral to this success.
Twice judged outstanding by Ofsted, in recent years the school has afforded advice to the Department for Education with regard to the National Curriculum. The school’s views pertaining to deprivation, the pupil premium, early years education and staffing have also been sought. Selected as an exemplar, Thomas Jones appears in four publications: ‘Reading by Six, How the Best Schools Do It’ (Ofsted), ‘Building an Outstanding Reading School’ (Oxford University Press) and ‘Narrowing the Gap’ (also Oxford University Press). The school also features in the Ofsted promotional film ‘Moving English Forward’.
End of Key Stage 2 results are frequently within the top 2% nationally. The school’s ethos is firmly focused on intellectual challenge. David teaches every day, most recently teaching poetry by Tennyson, Larkin and Blake. In February 2016 he was awarded an OBE for Services to Education.