Building leadership capacity and future proofing your leadership structure
Currently headteacher of Europe’s largest primary school, Claycots in Slough.
Vaughan Primary School was Andrew Griffin’s third headship. He took a strategic view of the school and looked ahead 7 years, developing leadership structure and capacity, all whilst maintaining a family approach of looking after one another. In that time the school expanded from 2 to 3 forms and they had a rebuild; yet the plan to build real and sustainable capacity continued.
It was through cooperation and collaboration over time, resisting short-term pressures, fixes and distractions, that Andrew created a school with strong structures and leadership, a school which secured an outstanding judgement two weeks after he left. This is a great example of what headship can look like when taking a school from good to outstanding.
Vaughan Primary School in Harrow is a larger than average school, with a high pupil mix and ever changing demographic, a high proportion of children speaking English as an additional language and a significant proportion of pupils with disability and special needs.
Andrew will be sharing how he and his team:
- Created a family in the school but with a sharp focus and achieved outstanding outcomes consistently.
- Made sure they looked after their team so hardly anyone left.
- Planned 7 years ahead to future proof the school.
- Built leadership capacity across the school.
- Built structures to future proof leadership capacity.
- Increased commitment to stakeholders/the community.
- Developed further capacity to give leaders opportunities for outreach work and support other schools.