As the Head of the Secondary School at HeadStart, I am extremely honoured to be part of this fantastic team. The first year of my Headship has been one of the most interesting and rewarding of my life. It is great to think I can come to work every day smiling and ready for my staff and learners to reach for the stars, knowing that together we can achieve amazing things. As you know I am an experienced senior leader and Arts specialist who has worked in education for over 20 years. I am qualified to Masters Level in Education from the prestigious Institute of Education (IOE) in London’s Russell Square. I have a PGCE from the University of Birmingham and a BA (Hons) from the University of Manchester. In addition, I have also have been a participant of senior leadership training with the IOE and took part in “Leading from the Middle Training” which takes a year to complete. I have international teaching experience in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. I have British teaching and leadership experience in London as a Senior Leader (Vice Principal) in charge of whole school teaching and learning. I have worked in London as an advisor to the “Building Schools for the Future” programme. The achievement of students academically, socially and emotionally is extremely important to me. This is why I am an advocate of Guy Claxton’s Building Learning Power ethos which we are embedding into our daily lessons. I am interested in developing the whole child and ensuring students leave HeadStart as confident young people that are responsible global citizens and possible future leaders. Over the years, I have been fortunate to touch the lives of many students, some of whom now as adults have sought me out to thank me for the work I have done with them and to tell me that I made a difference. This is the most rewarding part of the job for any teacher. I strongly believe in a happy, positive school with happy students and staff as this results in the best progress for all. It is the equipping of staff with the latest up dates in international pedagogy, especially teaching and learning techniques, that ensures staff development, smooth and interesting classroom delivery, plus clear goals and outcomes for our students. I am passionate about corporate and global responsibility; I believe in promoting charitable giving in school. I also enjoy both the performance arts and the visual arts, am an accomplished mixed media artist, having had exhibitions in both the UK and Africa. I am also an amateur singer who enjoys performing live. I love nature and the outdoors. I feel strongly about green issues and teaching students about our beautiful planet and natural wonders that we must preserve for our future generations.