Introduction of our New Head Teacher for Kilburn Grange School

The Trust is delighted to announce that, following a competitive recruitment process, Mr Rob Farrell has been appointed as the new Headteacher for Kilburn Grange School. Read the formal announcement here.

Mr Farrell joins Kilburn Grange School (KGS) with over 20 years’ experience in the education sector, most recently as Headteacher at Oliver House School, an independent school in Clapham. He has enjoyed an interesting and varied career so far, working across both the state and independent sectors, at primary and secondary level.

Mr Farrell will join KGS on 1 September 2020, although we hope to arrange a visit before so he can learn more about the school and to talk to staff and pupils. We will also arrange a meeting as soon as we are able, where parents will have the opportunity to meet Rob and hear his ideas and aspirations forthe school in person.

Rob Farrell, will join KGS on 1st September 2020In the meantime, we took the opportunity to ask Rob some questions so the school community could get to know a little about him …

Q: What motivated you to become a teacher?

My older sister was the first teacher in our family so there was certainly some inspiration there. Like many teenagers I did consider a number of possible careers while studying for my A-Levels, but teaching was the only one that truly inspired and excited me. The opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of young people makes teaching an incredibly rewarding profession. I have enjoyed a varied and interesting career working with children of all ages and I feel very privileged to have been able to do something that I love for all of these years.

Q: Looking back to your time as a Head teacher, what are some of the things you are proudest of?

A: I am proud of the many areas of progress that the school made in my time as headteacher. This progress that was only possible through a positive atmosphere of collaboration, purpose and shared vision amongst stakeholders. Looking back, most importantly, I am proud of the many achievements of all of the children. It is incredibly important to me that I know each child well and I enjoyed visiting classrooms regularly to hear about their daily accomplishments. These opportunities to share in a child’s success and celebrate their good news are what makes the role of a headteacher such a special one.

Q: Tell us one fact about yourself that we would not find on your CV …

A: I love playing and watching a range of sports and coach my son’s football team on a Saturday morning. He’s a goalkeeper, a position I played at school.

Q: What attracted you to the role at Kilburn Grange and what is your vision for taking the school forward?

A: I am delighted to be joining Kilburn Grange at such an exciting point in the school’s development. With the first Year 5 class due to start in September, it is a wonderful opportunity to help shape a successful future for the school and build on the good work that has taken place since Kilburn Grange opened in 2015.

I am really looking forward to working with a dedicated and talented staff team, taking the school onwards on its journey to becoming an outstanding school that is an important part of the local community. The BPET vision for children in its schools is one that I share. It is a vision of schools as places where children are happy, love learning and are surrounded by exciting opportunities that enrich their educational experience.

I can’t wait to get started and begin working with the wonderful children in Kilburn Grange. I will be doing all that I can to ensure that their experience of primary school is one that they will look back on with great fondness. My aim is to ensure that all of our children reach their potential and feel good about themselves. I want them to look ahead to the future with excitement, confident in their many talents and keen to contribute to society in a positive way.

Introduction to our new Head Teacher for Deer Park School

Further to our search for a new permanent Head Teacher for Deer Park School, Richmond-upon-Thames we can confirm that in March we appointed Mr Alex Lee. Read our announcement here.

Alex Lee will join Deer Park School as Head Teacher on 1 September 2020

April 2020: We took the opportunity to ask Alex some questions so the school communities can learn more about him before he joins us …

Q: What motivated you to become a Headteacher?

A: Throughout my career, my motivation has remained the same in each post I have held: to provide an excellent quality of learning and personal development for the children under my care. An excellent education enables social mobility, bridges societal divides, and affords children the full spectrum of opportunity. As I move to the role of Headteacher of Deer Park, enacting this impact for the children remains my motivation: I look forward to joining a successful team in realising this ideal.


Q: Looking back to your time as a teacher, what are some of the things you are proudest of?

A: I am proud to have worked with some truly exceptional educators, and within teams of cohesion, direction and moral purpose. However, it is the little, individual stories of progress which remain special for me. The smaller, personal instances of a child’s success and development, and the hard work that paid off in helping them to get there: these light-bulb moments are little encapsulations of what makes teaching such a wonderful, inimitable profession.

Q: Tell us one fact about yourself that we would not find on your CV …

A: My family and I love to explore. Last year the Italian coastline, this year Patagonia; at present my daughter surveys the scenery from the baby-carrier, but we have high hopes for her carrying her own backpack in future years. Prior to a career in education, I worked in West and Southern Africa, played sport in New Zealand, and spent four years at an American university. While we now only explore during the school holidays, my family and I love traversing new landscapes, cultures and experiences.

Q: What attracted you to the role at Deer Park and what is your vision for taking the school forward?

A: I feel privileged to be joining Deer Park at this juncture in the school’s journey. The evident commitment of the staff and community, the high expectations, and the clearly articulated BPET vision afford the school a unique opportunity; to build on excellent foundations to become a truly exceptional school for the children and community. The school’s well-deserved reputation for high standards and outcomes is a testament to the hard work and commitment that underpins such success, and I look forward to leading the next steps in the school’s bright future. An exceptional, holistic education must incorporate the high expectations of academic rigour, with excellence in extra-curricular provision. As we work to offer Deer Park’s community the highest standard of schooling, it is through the focused development of these two principles that we will aim to afford each child the opportunity to grow as a learner, as a leader, and as an individual.

We look forward to welcoming Alex to the Trust starting in September 2020.