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The Charter School

East Dulwich

Our School Leadership

Christian Hicks - Executive Headteacher

Christian is the Executive Headteacher of The Charter School East Dulwich and The Charter School North Dulwich.  He has worked as the Headteacher of The Charter School North Dulwich since 2013 and before this, taught in Blackfen School for Girls as a Deputy Headteacher.   

Under Christian’s leadership The Charter School North Dulwich was re-awarded “World Class School” status in 2019 and also in the same year placed 166th in The Sunday Times Top 500 Schools List , with progress scores in the top 10% of schools in the country for both GCSE and A Level.  The school is also one of the leading schools in the country for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

Christian is committed to improving the life chances of students and developing whole school approaches to pupil and staff wellbeing.  Christian is a member of the Ambition School Leadership Network, a Senior Partner for Challenge Partners, and is committed to developing more fully as a systems leader, supporting and leading school improvement projects, particularly those which close the gap and provide disadvantaged children with improved opportunities.  
 


Alison Harbottle - Head of School

Alison Harbottle joins us as the new Head of School of The Charter School East Dulwich from September 2021.

Prior to joining The Charter School East Dulwich, Alison was Senior Trust Lead at Aldridge Education, a Multi-Academy Trust with schools across London, Brighton and the North West of England. Supporting Principals with school improvement, overseeing the MAT-wide work of the subject Trust Leads and also acting as Mathematics Lead for the South, enabled Alison to develop a broad range of skills in effective educational leadership. 

Working as Assistant Headteacher and then Deputy Headteacher at Prendergast Ladywell School in Lewisham for five years, Alison helped the school through a transformational stage on the route to gain its first Ofsted rating of ‘Good’. Alison cites the experience of journeying with staff, students and the community to a culture of high expectations, academic strength and inclusion for all, as core to her understanding and drive for excellence in schools.

Alison gained her degree in Mathematics and Teacher Training PGCE  at Newcastle University. Living locally and having taught at The Charter School North Dulwich for seven years in her early career, Alison is enthusiastic about re-joining the Charter Schools Educational Trust and bringing what she has learnt back to the community. Alison is committed to a continued learning informed approach, achieving her NPQH in 2019, successfully completing the London Mayor Getting Ahead Programme, and currently completing a Master’s degree in Education and International Development. 

 


Nathaniel Wilson - Deputy Head of School

Nathaniel Wilson is the Deputy Head of School of The Charter School East Dulwich from September 2021. 

Nathaniel has worked at a range of schools in Surrey and London, more recently he worked at City Heights as the Assistant Headteacher for KS4 as well as being seconded to the role of Deputy Headteacher. Through this role Nathaniel has been central to the improvements in student behaviour, attendance, personal development and well-being, contributing to the school being one of the fastest improving schools in Lambeth. 

Initially a Chemistry specialist, Nathaniel is passionate about Science and attaining exceptional outcomes for the students he teaches. He has previous experience as Director of Science where students achieved results that ranked in the top 10% of the country. Nathaniel believes that all children can succeed, and is passionate about supporting, nurturing and encouraging students to reach their full potential. 

Nathaniel holds degrees from Kingston University, the UCL Institute of Education and is currently completing a Master's degree in Education Leadership with the National College of Education, University of Buckingham. Outside work, Nathaniel has a strong interest in sports and has previously coached and played American Football. 
 


 

Alexa Davies - Deputy Head of School                   

Alexa Davies is the Deputy Headteacher of The Charter School East Dulwich responsible for the school's sixth form, opening in September 2021.  She has been in post since June 2020.

Alexa has been a member of The Charter Schools family since 2011, having previously held the posts of Assistant Headteacher for KS5 and Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning at the Charter School North Dulwich. Through both roles, Alexa 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. 

Alexa is motivated by a passion for learning and education. She hopes to inspire curiosity and creativity in those in the sixth form. She believes that all children can be successful with hard work and rigorous, caring support from their teachers and school. She is committed to excellent outcomes for all children.  

Alexa has degrees from the University of Bristol and the UCL Institute of Education. She is married with three children and lives in Brockley. She is also a History teacher and loves learning about all historical subjects inside and outside the History classroom.

 


Amy Barlow - Assistant Head of School

Amy Barlow is Assistant Headteacher responsible for the strategic leadership of the SEND department and is the designated teacher for LAC (Looked After Children). 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 Head of School

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 Head of School

Jennifer Kempster is Assistant Headteacher responsible for Teaching and Learning.

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 Head of School

Hannah Smith is Assistant Headteacher for Curriculum and Assessment. 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. 



Maria Chalcraft - Assistant Head of School

Maria Chalcraft is Assistant Headteacher responsible for Key Stage 4.  

Maria joined the school in September 2021 but has been a member of The Charter School Trust since 2012. She joined The Charter School North Dulwich as a PE teacher and has since held responsibilities such as Director of Sports and Key Curriculum Leader of the Creative Performing Arts. In all of these roles, Maria contributed 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.  Maria has previously taught in a range of schools across London and in an international school in Bangkok.  

Maria is currently studying an MA in Education: Culture, Language and Identity and is an Evidence Lead in Education for the Charles Dickens Research school where she uses evidence informed research to support other colleagues and schools. Maria is also a keen sportswoman who plays football, takes part in local parkruns, triathlons and is a keen cyclist.  

 


Justine Brennan - School Business Manager

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.