Friday 12th June 2020
9:30 - 16:30
Friends House
173 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2BJ
Outstanding Heads

What to expect

There’s no doubt you became a headteacher to develop the best school for your children and community. As rewarding as this job is, I’m sure you agree, it’s a journey of constant learning and growth. 

Are you learning from the best? 

Every year since 2012, we’ve been bringing together recently outstanding headteachers at this flagship conference to share best practice with other headteachers. 

How many outstanding headteachers and schools have you met in the last 6 months?

Come and meet six in one day!

Our speakers are truly inspiring. They have moved their schools forward under exceptionally challenging circumstances and they have received an ‘outstanding’ badge under the new framework (even though that’s not why they do what they do).

Our flagship event is extremely popular – in 2018 & 2019 tickets sold out in 2 weeks!

See for yourself what the day is like in our ‘Moving to Outstanding 2019- highlights’

Who should attend:

This event is perfect for Primary school (including Infant and Junior):

  • Headteachers
  • Deputy Headteachers
  • Assistant Headteachers
  • Senior Leaders
  • Middle Leaders

How good is it?

What do your colleagues have to say about ‘Moving to Outstanding: Best practice from recently outstanding headteachers’?

It’s brilliant! Your headteacher peers have rated the day 9.4, 9.4 and 9.5/10 for the last 3 years.

“Thanks for another brilliant day of learning. You always provide the most wonderful speakers who are an inspiration to us all”. McClenaghan  Headteacher, Crowlands Primary, Essex

Once again I’ve collected some professional nuggets of gold”. C Jones – Headteacher, Hearsall Community Academy, Coventry 

“Absolutely loved the practical, inspirational speakers. Great to see it isn’t heads of schools with just amazing data. A real privilege to hear their journey” S Webb – Headteacher, Redgate Community Primary School, Liverpool


Beth Dyer, Headteacher- Nine Acres Primary, Isle of White

Click on the image to hear what Beth has to say about Moving to Outstanding 2019


Rebecca Harris- Headteacher, St Alban CofE Primary and Nursery & James Humphries- Headteacher, Kentish Town CofE Primary, London

Click on the image to hear their experience of Moving to Outstanding 2019



See for yourself with our ‘Moving to Outstanding 2019- highlights’ to get a feel for how good the day is:

Meet the speakers

Moving to Outstanding 2020 speakers include:

Being ambitious for your school, team and pupils to create an inspirational school

Amir Lemouchi, Executive Principal, St Saviour's Church of England Primary School, achieved outstanding Sept 2019.

St Saviour’s is an inspirational school where pupils truly excel. This can be seen in their results with attainment at 83% but also in the impressive attitudes of the pupils, who are extremely enthusiastic and really proud to be there. Their results are not small feat given their diverse population, many of whom are eligible for the pupil premium.

Amir joined the Genesis Trust over 6 years ago as a Deputy Headteacher. In 2019 he became Headteacher of St Saviour’s where he built on already ‘Good’ foundations, to lead the school to outstanding in September 2019. Amir became Executive Principal across the trust in Sept 2019.

Leadership has played a fundamental part in developing this impressive school. As highlighted by Ofsted, ‘there is a relentless and tenacious drive to ensure that all pupils achieve highly. Leaders have developed a culture in which the highest expectations of pupils and staff are the norm”.

Amir will be sharing how they:
- Raised standards and expectations and keep them high, day in day out.
- Moved from Ofsted ‘Good’ to 'Outstanding'.
- Found leadership and vision underpins everything.
- Created a unique and exceptional school identity.
- Developed a broad and balanced curriculum (complete with three alpacas!).

The journey to outstanding, October 1999 – October 2019

Christopher Blunt, Headteacher, Spring Vale Primary School, achieved outstanding Sept 2019.

Spring Vale’s children receive exceptional education: since 2017 attainment has been around 90% and progress was in the top 10% of schools nationally. All this in a school which has grown in size and in the top 10% of deprived schools in the country with high SEN, EAL and mobility.

But it hasn’t always been this way…

In 1999 Spring Vale Primary School was put into ‘special measures’, under threat of closure with barely 150 pupils. At this point, the improvement journey began. Twenty years later, the school was judged ‘outstanding’, only the fifth school in the country to receive this rating under the newest Ofsted framework.

Chris Blunt joined the school as Deputy Head in 2006 and became the Head in 2010 - it’s fair to say he’s been a key part of this journey.

The exceptional nature of the school has been crafted over time by the team and Chris.

Chris will be sharing:
- How they built outstanding learning by changing the curriculum and focusing on three key drivers.
- How they led their inspection by planning for the phone call and having no regrets.
- Where they go from here, including next steps and reflections of the staff and children.
- The challenge of changing the mindset of children, staff and parents to make outstanding possible for all school stakeholders.
- Curriculum and Ofsted-ready resources will be shared during the presentation.

Crafting an exceptional school over time - taking the quick wins and investing in the longer term gains

Darren Woollard, Executive Headteacher, Blenheim and Temple Sutton Primary Schools, achieved outstanding February 2020.

Darren Woollard joined Blenheim Primary School in 2004 as a class teacher, and was promoted to deputy before becoming Headteacher in 2012. Since September 2020 he became Executive Head of Blenheim and Temple Sutton Primary Schools.

Blenheim is a large school, serving mainly British community, with a high proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium and a high number of pupils with EHCPs, yet their attainment is 81% and progress is well above average.

Darren will be sharing how, over the years, he and his team have:
- created a culture focused on why they do what they do identified and put in place quick fixes
- focused on longer term, meaningful solutions - including redefining SEND for the school and adapting provision

Darren’s talk promises to inspire and give you ideas to take back your school.

Keeping things human - human-leadership instead of system-leadership

David Sammels, Headteacher, Mayflower Academy, achieved outstanding December 2019.

We’ve all heard reports of outstanding schools losing their outstanding judgement but not Mayflower Academy: Under David’s Headship, they achieved outstanding in September 2016 and were judged outstanding again in December 2019.

Mayflower Academy is a large school, serving a mainly white British population with a high level of pupil premium, SEND pupils and mobility through Key Stages 1 and 2.

To create this great school David has focused on people, developing them and creating a culture in which they can flourish - a culture driven by community spirit and an attitude of ‘together we can”.

David will be sharing:
- How to enable people to be effective.
- Their recruitment methodology which allowed them to recruit the right people.
- How to avoid burnout.
- Dealing with changes that are externally imposed with the wind.
- A toolkit of strategies to let people thrive.
- Creating truly distributed leadership.
- Fostering a two-way culture of influence.

Details for the day


Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BL (nearest station Euston). Click on the map to load google maps.


Time                     Agenda item

9:30 – 10:00   Registration & coffee

10:00 – 10:15  Welcome – Sonia Gill, Founder & Director of Heads Up

10:15 – 11:25   Workshop 1:

Amir Lemouchi- Executive Principal, St Saviour’s Church of England Primary School- “Being ambitious for your school, team and pupils to create an inspirational school”.


Speaker TBC

11:25 – 11:35   Break

11:35 – 12:45   Workshop 2:

Darren Woollard- Executive Headteacher, Blenheim and Temple Sutton Primary Schools. “Creating an exceptional school over time- taking the quick wins and investing in the longer term gains”.


Speaker TBC

12:45 – 1:30     Lunch

1:30 – 2:30      Sonia Gill, Founder & Director, Heads Up Ltd

2:30 – 2:45      How Heads Up supports schools

2:45 – 2:55      Break

2:55 – 4:05     Workshop 3:

Christopher Blunt- Headteacher, Spring Vale Primary School. “The journey to outstanding, October 1999 – October 2019”.


David Sammels- Headteacher, Mayflower Academy. “Keeping things human – human-leadership instead of system-leadership”.

4:05 – 4:30     Close

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