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The Charter School

East Dulwich

Our School Leadership

Alex Crossman - Headteacher

Alex Crossman is the Headteacher of The Charter School East Dulwich. He has been in post since September 2015.

Prior to joining The Charter School East Dulwich, Alex was Vice Principal at Ark Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, which he helped to become a ‘Good’ school. Alex initially joined Ark through the Future Leaders Trust, whose flagship training programme prepares school leaders for positions of responsibility in complex urban schools. Alex trained to be a teacher and taught at The Charter School North Dulwich prior to joining Future Leaders. Alex has also helped design training programmes for school leaders through Ambition School Leaders and the New Schools Network.

Teaching is Alex’s first calling but his second career. Previously, he was the founding chief executive of a global educational consulting practice for the world’s largest private schools operator, based in the Middle East but operating worldwide. He was also a managing director with global responsibility for strategy at Deutsche Bank AG.

Alex has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the UCL Institute of Education. He is married with two sons and two dogs and lives in East Dulwich.


Rebecca Hardy - Deputy Headteacher

Rebecca Hardy is the Deputy Headteacher of The Charter School East Dulwich. She has been in post since April 2016. 

Rebecca has been a member of The Charter Schools family since 2006, having previously held the posts of Subject Leader for English and, most recently, Director of Learning for KS3 at the Charter School North Dulwich. Through both roles, Rebecca has been central to the success of The Charter School North Dulwich, which is now one of the highest achieving inclusive state schools in the country and the best performing state school in Southwark. 

Her extensive experience at shaping an outstanding curriculum, managing effective transition from KS2-3 and leading teams of teachers to ensure students make excellent progress, from whatever their starting points, will ensure all our students achieve in school and succeed in life.

Herself a resident and parent in East Dulwich, Rebecca is deeply proud to be a founding faculty member at The Charter School East Dulwich.

Amy Barlow - Assistant Headteacher 

Amy Barlow is Assistant Headteacher responsible for the strategic leadership of the SEND department. She joined TCSED on a full-time basis in September 2019. 

Before joining TCSED this year, Amy worked at Fulham Cross Girls School, an 'Outstanding' Secondary school "committed to Empowering Tomorrow's Women." Whilst there, she led on securing GCSE outcomes for SEND students across the curriculum. The school secured - and remains in - the top 1% nationally for the progress students make.  

In September 2018, Amy joined Dulwich Hamlet Junior School as SENDCo and led on their provision for Years 3-6. She focused on the importance of transition, both into and out of primary school, and also on the beauty of the primary curriculum: packed full of creativity, colour and opportunity.

Initially an English specialist, Amy is both passionate about her subject and about obtaining Outstanding outcomes for those whom she teaches. She is committed to ensuring equality in education, and strives for all to develop and excel academically, socially and personally both inside and outside of their classroom. 

Amy trained at the Institute of Education for her SENCo award specialising in Dyslexia at Masters Level. She also holds a Level 7 Assessor qualification in Exam Access Arrangements. 

Sarah Daly - Assistant Headteacher 

Sarah Daly is Assistant Headteacher responsible for Key Stage 3.  She is also our faculty lead for Creative Arts, including art and design, music, drama and design technology. Sarah has been with the school since September 2016.

Prior to joining The Charter School East Dulwich, Sarah was a member of the Art and Design team at The Charter School North Dulwich, where she implemented The Creative Mentor’s Foundation for students in the Arts with dyslexia and other learning needs and also ran the creative arts New York trip. Sarah has previously been a Head of Art and Assistant Head of 6th Form. She has taught in both the independent and maintained sectors and in the Middle East as well as the UK.

Sarah has been a teacher for 20 years and comes from a whole family of artists and teachers. She holds qualifications in counselling from BACP and has a strong interest in student well-being and mental health. Sarah is a keen cyclist, scuba diver and photographer and bakes a pretty mean cake.

Jennifer Kempster - Assistant Headteacher

Jennifer Kempster is Assistant Headteacher responsible for Key Stage 4.

Jennifer joined the school in September 2018 but has been a member of The Charter Schools family since 2004. She joined The Charter School North Dulwich as a newly-qualified teacher and over the next decade held positions of responsibility including Head of Geography, Head of Humanities and Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning. In all of these roles she contributed directly to Outstanding examination successes for successive generations of students, both at GCSE and A level. 

Jennifer holds degrees from the University of Leicester, the UCL Institute of Education and London South Bank University. She lives in South Norwood with her two children.  

Hannah Smith - Assistant Headteacher

Hannah Smith is Assistant Headteacher for Teaching Practice. She is also our faculty lead for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Hannah has been with the school since June 2016.

Hannah was previously Deputy Director of Learning for Mathematics with responsibility for curriculum development and driving standards of teaching practice in mathematics from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5 at Dunraven School, an Outstanding all-through school in Streatham. She is driven by a passion for mathematics and a firm belief that every child can succeed and make rapid progress in  the subject.

Hannah has always lived in south east London, with a strong understanding of and commitment to her local community. She is a graduate of King's College London and lives with her husband and young daughter in Forest Hill. 

Wendy Andrews - Director of Human Resources

Wendy Andrews is Director of Human Resources for The Charter Schools Educational Trust. She joined the Trust in November 2014.

Prior to joining the Trust, Wendy worked for 26 years for RBS Corporate Banking specialising in Business Management. She developed a passion for education by serving as Chair of Governors at a large Primary school in Bromley, a role she has held for 10 years.

Wendy has a strong belief in staff engagement, development and succession planning to ensure high levels of satisfaction and retention. She is an experienced behavioural coach and mentor and a trained bereavement counsellor

Wendy is married with a teenage daughter and lives in Chislehurst.

Justine Brennan - Operations Director

Justine Brennan is the Operations Director for The Charter School East Dulwich. She joined the school on opening in September 2016. 

Justine previously spent eight years helping Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton to grow from year 7s in a temporary site into a fully operational, full cohort secondary school in its purpose-built and award-winning secondary accommodation   

Prior to entering the schools sector, Justine enjoyed a highly successful career in marketing, holding board-level responsibility in an award-winning agency that dealt with a wide array of international clients.  

Justine is a graduate of the University of Leeds and has lived in East Dulwich since 2001.  She is married with two children and a dog.