Meet your Head of School

“I am immensely proud to be leading one of the largest and most successful primary schools in the country with over 1,300 pupils and to be working as a leader in this community.”

Tom Mitchell

  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), Institute of Education, 2008
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Leeds Metropolitan University, 1996-97
  • BA Honours History (2:1), University of Leeds, 1991-94
  • Teacher from 1997 - 2003
  • Deputy Headteacher - 2003-2013
  • Head of school / Head teacher 2013 -

As an experienced and dedicated teacher, I have taught in a variety of London schools across the primary age range for the past twenty years. In a number of these schools, I have held senior leadership positions, leading on teaching and learning, curriculum development and assessment.

I have often worked in schools in challenging circumstances and would like to think that I’ve made a significant contribution to improving the quality of education for the pupils at these schools.

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What does leading a primary school mean to you?

As educators we’re in a very privileged position and we have responsibility to ensure we give children the best start in life. We’re the foundation on which their future success is built on; but not just from an academic perspective, also in terms of their personal and social development. While it’s great that pupils leave Barclay being able to read and write to a high standard, it’s even more important that they leave with the right values and have an understanding of the world around them

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What are you the most proud of achieving in your tenure as Headteacher of Barclay Primary School?

I joined Barclay Primary as the Deputy Head at the end of  2006, following Mr James’ appointment as Headteacher. The Juniors and Infants had just recently amalgamated and the school was going through lots of changes at the time. The journey since then has been one rapid improvement and I’m very proud to have played a part in its development where it's now recognised as one of the best schools in North East London and is justifiably rated as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED. Of course, to be Head of such a school is an enormous privilege so there’s no doubt that my proudest moment in education was when I took the phone call to say that I was now Head of School at Barclay Primary!

  “Barclay’s 5 ways are at the heart of everything we do: Honesty, Kindness, Respect, Responsibility and Aspiration. If we help to instil these 5 values in every child who leaves Barclay, then that’s something we should look back on and be proud of.

-Tom Mitchell