Leaders like you

Frontline leaders from our community of aspirational and action-orientated educators, sharing their stories of great leadership.

Sam Offord, Headteacher, Birchfields Primary School, Manchester

“When I do assembly I often talk about things that I’ve done – holidays I’ve been on, expeditions I’ve done – hopefully so that the children and the staff think ‘oh yes there is a life outside of school”




Andrea Keith

Andrea Keith is Headteacher at Cradle Hill Community Primary School.

Read her interview here.

"I will always do what I believe is the best thing for the children, the staff and the school community. If you genuinely believe you are doing the right thing for the pupils, the tough decisions will become easier."

Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones is Headteacher at Anstey Junior School.

Read her interview here.

"Knowing we will make a difference to the children if we get it right keeps me motivated and seeing the difference we have made to lives along the way really helps."

Fay Hartland

Fay Hartland is Headteacher at Kielder First School.

Read her interview here.

"It is never boring. I love the craziness and the relationships we build with each other, as a staff, with the children and with the parents and carers."

Matthew Carpenter

Matthew Carpenter is Principal at Baxter College.

Read his interview here.

"You have to really be strong in yourself, positively affirm your beliefs and values, but also recognise that you won’t be right all the time and that people will understand."

Paul Thomas, Headteacher, Parkwood Primary School, London

“Whatever we do we need to make sure that it has a direct impact on the children, rather than just doing something because that’s the way it’s always been done.”

As a member of The Key, we want to represent you, champion your work and provide you with a platform for your voice to be heard.

“Leaders like you” puts the experiences of members from our network front and centre, letting you lead the knowledge sharing and showcasing your every day tips and tricks for getting the job done.

Check out our first selection of #LeadersLikeYou stories below and make sure to check back weekly for more stories from the frontline. We'd love to hear from more of our members about what it's like to lead your school, so if you'd like to share your story get in touch!

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