An honest rollercoaster ride of the journey from bottom of the borough

Paul Murphy is the Headteacher, Lancasterian Primary School, Tottenham, London.


It’s a larger than average school, serving a diverse population. 


They have a higher than average number of pupils who are eligible for free school meals, speak English as an additional language, have an ECHP and SEN support.


Despite these contextual challenges Paul and his team have embarked on a 5 year journey of real school improvement.


It’s taken the school from being at the bottom of the borough in 2015 to being in line with – and in some areas above – national average post-pandemic.


I’ve known Paul and his team for over 5 years.

Watching them move the school forward as they have done, despite global challenges (the pandemic), national challenges (funding, recruitment) and local challenges (they serve a tough demographic) has been inspiring. And most definitely a rollercoaster!


It’s proof to us all that it can be done.


And it can be done in a way we as educators believe it should be because Paul and his team have shown that a school can prioritise the inclusion of all pupils, look after and grow their team and create stunning education. When inspected in June 2023, the school was judged ‘outstanding’ in all but one area.


Paul is speaking at Outstanding against the odds: Annual Conference 2023


Thursday 23rd November 2023 (online).

Tickets are £350+VAT

One ticket gives access to you and your entire SLT 

Recordings provided afterwards


  • It’s a one day online conference.
  • One ticket gives access to you and as many leaders from your school as you’d like to attend.
  • Can’t cover all your leaders to join you on the day? Don’t worry, you’ll get recordings of the talks so they can catch up and you can use the talks with your wider school team. 


And this year we have heads who have maintained outstanding and heads who have moved to outstanding, all under the current framework.


 Come and hear Paul share sharing:

  • How getting the culture right was the key to creating ongoing success
  • The way in which an overhaul of the school vision and values underpinned organisational transformation
  • The impact this has had on outcomes, behaviour, staff and external review
  • How Ofsted can be effectively challenged when their view does not match yours