Dr Richard Marshall
Dr Richard Marshall has worked in Secondary school education in England since 1983. He is firmly committed to a non-selective, fully comprehensive state education system and consequently has only worked in that particular sector. Although he did his degrees in philosophy he started teaching English and drama in 1983. He loves great literature, both modern and the classics, and is committed to ensuring that every child has access to the best books in the world. Indeed his whole ethos is to bring great educational opportunities to all children regardless of their class, ethnicity, gender or previous attainments across a broad and balanced curriculum. He believes that every child can do well and that they deserve a world class educational provision so that they live a life that is fulfilling, ethical and happy. He has worked as a classroom teacher of English and drama, was a head of English for nine years, a Deputy Head, a School improvement Consultant for Building Schools for the future in Islington (a project that resulted in the building of 10 new secondary schools in Islington) and a Headteacher in two schools previous to his role here. He was part of the Inside the Black Book assessment research project run at Kings College, University of London, was the editor of the house journal for the National Association of the Teachers of English as well as being a member of the London Association for the Teachers of English, the Head teachers association ASCL, and the Philosophy of Education Society. His doctorate was researching the impact of vagueness on assessment and he has continued to take an active part in philosophy, publishing two books with Oxford University Press collecting interviews he conducted with philosophers from around the world which are well regarded in the rather rarefied world of academic philosophy. What drives him is his passion for education and especially the young people in secondary schools who he thinks are the most imaginative, clever and inspirational people on the planet. His ambition for the young people at the Royal Greenwich Trust School is to make everyone there a global citizen, aware of the world they are living in and empowered through knowledge, resilience and ambition to make the world a better place. Ethically, he thinks it important that everyone in the school takes an ethical stance towards others, understanding that we live in a complex and diverse world which has to accommodate difference in more or less everything except tolerance and respect. He knows that educating young people is one of the most serious and important things one can do, and he hopes to fulfil this most important role with diligence and creativity leavened by a good sense of humour.
Senior Deputy Headteacher
Jillur began his teaching career in 2005 as teacher of Business and Economics at Eastbury Comprehensive School in Barking. Over the next 13 years he progressed to become head of department and then director of learning. Jillur has experience working in several comprehensive schools across the East London area.
In January 2016 Jillur was appointed as the Deputy Head teacher at Royal Greenwich Technical College (UTC). This was a period of great change, during which time, the UTC was converted to a secondary school now known as Royal Greenwich Trust School as part of UST. Most recently Jillur has been leading the ambitious design and build of the new school extension, and also lead on student outcomes as well as standards and curriculum.
Jillur believes that no child should be denied the transformative power of a great education. He believes that this school journey should be a distinctive and special experience. It should provide students with outstanding opportunities to learn, develop, and realise their full potential. Jillur has a relentless desire to help students make the most of their school life and to help them gain the skills, confidence and understanding to realise their ambitions and to contribute fully to our society and the communities they choose to serve.
Director of Learning for Inclusion and Safeguarding
Helen Cleary is our Director of Learning (Inclusion and Safeguarding). She joined the School in October 2014 as curriculum lead for Art, Design and Technology. Helen has extensive experience leading both pastoral and curriculum teams in schools in central Manchester and London since 2000. She has held safeguarding responsibilities since 2004 and has been the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Royal Greenwich Trust School for two years. Helen is the single point of contact for external platforms and organisations including the police, and has developed strong links with other agencies in the wider community. Helen ran a weekly Engineering and Construction Project, for two years with sixth form students as part of a unique outreach programme with Bloomberg UK connected to their new Headquarters in the city. This partnership is now fully embedded across all year groups providing students with regular enrichment opportunities.
Director of Learning for Teaching and Learning and Head of English
I joined a UST school in September 2017 as an experienced Head of English having taught in London for a number of years. Following a successful first year in post I was promoted to the post of DoL: Teaching and Learning in September 2018 which is a fantastic opportunity in a school that quickly has become ‘home’ to me. Teaching and leading in a UST school has been incredibly rewarding and I feel I have been given both the support and autonomy to make a real impact on student’s learning and educational experiences. Being part of the SLT I am excited to see what the future holds for the UST schools and the limitless opportunities that we provide for our learners.
Director of Learning for Behaviour and Head of Year 8
Working for the UST has provided me with a unique opportunity to work for an organisation that values the learning journey of every single student. I found that when joining the Royal Greenwich Trust School the core values of the UST are in line with some of the things I value most as an individual. Within my SLT role I have been able to promote our values such as Communication and Networking through pastoral interventions and trip opportunities. I work with staff to develop positive relationships with students which help support their learning journeys. As well as working with our parents and wider community to forge long-lasting relationships to ensure that the school continues to grow and prosper. Education is about impacting the lives of others and empowering students to access the wealth of opportunities that is out there for them in today’s society. This is one of the core aspects of UST’s ethos and is the main reason I enjoy working here.
Director of Learning for Systems and Procedures
Peter Martin is our Director of Learning (School Systems and Procedures), working with the school from the beginning of our partnership with the University School Trust. Before dedicating his career to raising standards in comprehensive education, Peter studied Computer Science at Imperial College London and worked as a software developer in Canary Wharf. Throughout his teaching career he has been passionate about introducing pupils of all ages to Computer Science and worked as a Master Teacher for Computing at School. Peter leads the school in our use of technology for learning, use of student assessment data, external examinations and is Acting Head of Science. Peter teaches A-level Computer Science where students have recently completed projects in developing Artificial Intelligences.
School Business Manager
Tracey has worked within Local Authority finance, schools and colleges for over 25 years. Tracey is a professionally qualified School Business Manager and has been working with the school as part of the Senior Leadership Team since February 2018. Tracey oversees the support side of the school including managing budgets, health and safety, HR, project management, premises and administration.
Tracey brings specialist expertise on a range of support functions ensuring the environment of the school is encouraging pupils to maximise their potential and that the school is run in the most efficient and effective way as possible.
Tracey is also a Chair of Governors for a large primary school and is passionate about ensuring high standards of educational achievement for all pupils.
Director of Learning for Sixth Form
I am proud to be a part of Royal Greenwich Trust School as we have limitless ambition for our learners. I am steadfastly devoted to ensuring that our Sixth Formers are given a world-class education and access to the best opportunities to develop their academic and career skills, using my wide range of contacts and networks to nurture our young global citizens. I have a wide range of experience across the educational and corporate sector. I began my career working at Cambridge University, in Widening Participation and Raising Aspirations; striving to encourage talented young people from deprived areas of the country to apply to the most selective universities. I then took on similar roles in the City of London, working with schools, investment banks, law firms and charities to encourage young people to set their career aims high. I joined the University Schools Trust, first at St Paul’s Way Trust School and, from February 2018, at the Royal Greenwich Trust School.