Ofsted's blog: Determined leaders recognised by inspectors

9th December 2016 at 10:02

Ofsted’s Annual Report 2015/16 highlights effective leaders

In the Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2015/16 Ofsted inspectors have formally recognised leaders who bring about significant improvement in their own school while they are providing support, challenge and expertise to other institutions.

These leaders show great determination to help raise standards and improve the life chances of youngsters in previously underperforming schools. Here are some of those exceptional people.

Bradley Taylor is headteacher at Chiltern Gate School, a special school in Buckinghamshire. He has taken on the role of interim headteacher at nearby Maplewood School.

Under Bradley’s leadership, Maplewood moved from inadequate in 2014 to be judged good in November 2015. Inspectors reported that ‘the headteacher’s exceptional leadership has led to rapid improvements in all aspects of the school’s work. He has set clear, high standards for all staff and he has ensured that they meet them. His unswerving determination to achieve the very best had transformed the school’s effectiveness’.

Dr Tom Canning, OBE, is executive headteacher at Tollgate Primary School in the London Borough of Newham, East London. He took on the role of executive headteacher at the nearby Cleves Primary School.

Under Tom’s leadership, Cleves moved from requires improvement in September 2013 to achieve outstanding in November 2015. The inspection report identifies that, ‘since the previous inspection, the executive headteacher and the headteacher have transformed this school. The headteachers share a vision of excellence for the school. They have demonstrated the drive to turn this vision into reality’.

Kerrie Lewis is headteacher at Condover Church of England Primary School in Shropshire. She took on the role of acting headteacher at nearby Shrewsbury Cathedral Catholic School.

Under Kerrie’s leadership, Shrewsbury moved from inadequate in July 2014 to be judged good in November 2015. Inspectors reported, ‘The acting headteacher provides strong and effective leadership. Since joining in February 2015, she has transformed the school. Staff morale is high ... The soft federation between the acting headteacher’s own primary school and close links with other good or outstanding schools are improving teaching and developing still further the leadership skills of staff who manage subjects, aspects and phases of the school’.

Fiona Todd is headteacher at St Oswald’s Worleston in Cheshire. She took on the role of executive headteacher at nearby Bunbury Aldesley Church of England Primary School.

Under Fiona’s leadership, the school was removed from special measures in under 12 months and was judged good. The inspectors stated, ‘The headteacher is scrupulous in her approach to others. She has united staff behind her vision to further improve the school’.

Also reported was that she, ‘gives generously of her time to support colleagues and pupils alike … In her relatively short time in post and ably supported by her senior team, she has brought significant improvements in pupils’ welfare and safety’.

Janet Collins is headteacher at Springfield House Community Special School. She supported Lindsworth School, a similar type of special school, which was placed in special measures in March 2014.

As executive headteacher, Janet dealt effectively with a number of complex and difficult issues. As a result, the school was judged good in January 2015. Inspectors identified that the school’s journey had been very well led by the headteacher, ‘who has set a clear direction for change and taken some difficult decisions in order to allow the school to become more effective’.