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Richard Lukats

Head of Secondary
[email protected]

Mr Richard Lukats is the Athletics Director at Headstart International School. Richard has over twenty years’ experience of working in schools both internationally and in the United Kingdom. He has been a senior school administrator (Athletics Director, Principal/Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher/Principal and Assistant Headteacher) for the past 18 years internationally and in the UK. He is a UK qualified teacher (Post Graduate of Education, PGCE) and holds the UK qualification to be a Headteacher (National Professional Qualification for Headship, NPQH). At Headstart International School, Richard is responsible for leading the overall strategic direction, operational effectiveness and administration of the school’s sports and activities programme, alongside managing the PE Department. He is passionate, about the role sport and physical activity plays in the development of young people and he is looking to further developing the already excellent programme that is on offer at Headstart. He is always looking at ways of working with all members of the Headstart Community to further enhance the opportunities for participation in physical activities for everyone.

Welcome to HeadStart’s Secondary School. We are a diverse school community with families from over 40 different nationalities. We offer outstanding learning opportunities for students from a wide range of previous academic experiences and backgrounds. At the same time, we consistently achieve some of the finest academic results in the country (5 Top in Thailand Cambridge Assessment International IGCSE Achievement Awards 2018) and our students achieve value-added results that reflect outstanding progress. Our Sixth Form students go on to study Medicine, Engineering and Sciences at some of the best Universities around the world.

These successes are a testament to our outstanding teaching faculty, our commitment to ongoing professional learning, and to our whole-school learning culture. Indeed, at HeadStart we are all learners.

As well as supporting our students to achieve success in all areas of school life, we offer our parents weekly activities and support covering everything from University Prep sessions to homework and parenting training. In addition, our extensive range of community based events enable the whole school community to regularly celebrate the amazing talents of our students and raise awareness with issues relevant to our school community.

At HeadStart, we believe in the concept of pastoral care: the notion that children can’t flourish academically unless they are happy, supported and well cared for. This holistic approach, in which success is more than just about good grades, defines what we do. I am incredibly proud of the high level of pastoral care that we offer all of our students, care that is coupled with outstanding teaching and academic mentoring which includes personalised learning programmes and Academic Boosters which ensures every child has the opportunity to reach their potential.

Our extensive After School Programme ensures that every HeadStart student has opportunities to flourish outside of the classroom whether through sports, music, the creative and performing arts or any other hobbies.

The Secondary School curriculum focuses on supporting young, confident adults to reach their potential. Students should leave us prepared to face the challenges of university life and beyond. Our focus on involvement outside the classroom, alongside academic excellence, aims to create the opportunity for students to become change agents in both their local and global communities. Our courses are designed to meet the academic, personal and cultural needs of our students and better equip them for future challenges, while at the same time creating enjoyable learning environments that inspire and motivate.

Students follow the full range of subjects, which are linked to the National Curriculum of England but are modified to create courses appropriate for an international education. HeadStart is a registered Cambridge Assessment International Education School, Pearson Education Centre, Registered SAT and LAMDA Centre. We offer a world-class curriculum and international qualifications that are recognised across the world, including IGCSE, AS & A Levels, BTECs and LAMDA qualifications. As part of the Cambridge network, we work together to develop passionate and committed learners who are prepared for their future.

We believe that for a student to be successful, a strong support network needs to be in place. Academic success is likely when students have high levels of self-esteem and self-efficacy as a result of positive relationships with teachers and a well-rounded curriculum. This requires outstanding teachers and tutors and a healthy home and school partnership – all of which we are proud to say exist within our school.

I hope that the website provides you with a glimpse into the life of the school, as well as the positive learning opportunities and experiences that students face on any given day. I welcome and encourage any prospective parents to visit us and to see for yourself the wonderful school that is HeadStart.

A HeadStart secondary student will leave here ready to face the world with confidence.

Contact Information

Name Position Reason for Contact Email Address
Richard Lukats Head of Secondary   [email protected]
Matthew Sillett Deputy Head (Pastoral) Pastoral Issues/concerns Year 7-11 [email protected]
Indu Bedi Deputy Head (Sixth Form) Sixth Form Pastoral Care/Academics/Sixth Form Options [email protected]
Jennifer Blackweir Deputy Head (Academic) Academic Matters: Examinations, Curriculum [email protected]
Yardenna Jones BTEC Coordinator BTEC inquiries [email protected]

Parent Orientation Information

Homeroom Information

Year Group Tutor Classroom
Year 7 Blue Alexandra Holmes Music 1
Year 7 White David Pollicutt English 2
Year 7 Yellow Letitia Bekker Maths 1
Year 8 Blue Dale Benham Geography
Year 8 White Patrick Brown Physics
Year 8 Yellow Alicia Niemand Secondary Computing 2
Year 9 Blue George Woods Secondary Computing 3
Year 9 White Kelly Tuppen English 1
Year 9 Yellow Jody Leow Art 1
Year 10 Blue Jamie Sadler Languages 6
Year 10 White Suzanne Downes Maths 3
Year 10 Yellow Dean Wells Design and Technology
Year 11 Blue Ellie Leamon Biology
Year 11 Yellow Sara Wilson Maths 2
Year 12 Blue Ben Morris English 3
Year 12 White Ben Salmon Secondary Thai 1
Year 12 Yellow Steven Finn Chemistry
Year 13 Blue Yardenna Jones Business Studies
Year 13 Yellow Christopher Brown Science
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