Our Senior Leadership Team
I am incredibly proud to be the Acting Headteacher of St. Luke’s Church of England School. St. Luke’s is a very special place with fantastic students and amazing staff. I feel very privileged to work alongside such dedicated staff, governors and volunteers, all of whom strive to provide the very best opportunities for our students. Our goal is simple, to provide the very best educational experience for our students to enable them to move on to their next aspirational step in education, employment or training. We aim to do this through high quality teaching, delivery of an academically challenging curriculum for all and by ensuring that every student feels happy and safe. We endeavour to add to every child’s experience through the provision of a vibrant extra-curricular programme and by opening their eyes to the wider world.
Everything we do at St. Luke’s is underpinned by our five core values; Showing Respect, Giving Hope, Taking Responsibility, Being Inclusive and Achieving Your Best. It is these values that ensure our students are happy, supported, nurtured and can enjoy school life in an exciting, friendly and purposeful atmosphere. We are extremely proud of our Christian distinctiveness and how this enables us to reach our vision of ensuring that every child can live ‘life to the full’.
St. Luke’s is a Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust school which is an 11-strong Trust responsible for the education of over 8,000 young people. The Trust was established in 2010 with the aim of creating an outstanding educational experience for all of Exeter’s children. As a Trust school we benefit vastly from the knowledge and expertise of a range of colleagues and have numerous opportunities in which to share good practice.
In 2019, our students achieved excellent results with the percentage of students achieving 5 or more subjects at grade 9-4 including English and Maths being 53. This is a fantastic testament to their hard work and determination but also to the team of dedicated staff that work here with them.
St. Luke’s is a wonderful school and at the very heart of this are the people. Our students are our best ambassadors as confident, respectful and caring young people who show immense pride in their school and achievements. We are so very proud of each and every one of them.
As Deputy Headteacher responsible for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare, my vision is clear – to be a kind, safe, happy and successful school in which students have many opportunities to grow and develop as leaders and responsible citizens who contribute positively within the community. We are already making great strides in promoting a positive, business-like culture at St Luke’s, with the introduction of a smarter uniform, higher standards and expectations of behaviour within the classroom and at social times and a strong focus on praise, recognition and rewarding students for positive work and behaviour at every opportunity.
A big personal priority is to change student and parental perceptions around bullying at St Luke’s. I am passionate about being a safe and kind school, where students enjoy their learning. I intend to do this through education on what actually constitutes bullying, regular communication with parents about how we tackle bullying instances in school and a robust approach when we do experience such instances, applying restorative principles.
I aim to utilise student voice and leadership effectively at all levels within school and empower the students to lead on change and the issues they feel passionately about in terms of school improvement.
I am thoroughly looking forward to working with the amazing young people of St Luke’s to mould, create and grow the type of school we all want and feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to do so.
As Assistant Headteacher I am responsible for the curriculum, our assessment systems, and the progress and achievement of our students. I have taught in the Maths department at St Luke’s since September 2016 and despite being a senior leader for over 13 years in three different schools, teaching is still the main love of my job. I have wanted to work at St Luke’s for many years, mainly as a result of the unique way the school works with its community, its students and the teamwork which exists amongst its outstanding staff.
My senior role at this school is designed to ensure that the improvements we are making in terms of teaching and learning make a lasting impact on the performance of our students, so that every child, no matter what their starting point, is able to fulfil their potential. This is not solely about student performance in GCSEs, I am also passionate that every child makes significant progress by ensuring our school has the very highest expectations of students’ performance across all areas of our academic or vocational curriculum. We have made significant improvements to the results of St Luke’s in recent years, proving that our students are capable of working hard, contributing across a range of subjects and taking every opportunity to be lifelong learners.
The partnerships we have developed with the other Ted Wragg schools is making a real difference to standards and assessment systems at St Luke’s and whilst we will always want to retain the very special commitment we have to our unique ethos, I want to ensure our curriculum remains broad and benefits as many students as possible. A school curriculum that inspires our students to want to follow their interests and varied talents and to show their success in a variety of fields is what I hope to achieve.
It’s an exciting time at our school and I hope as we go from strength to strength, I can continue to serve our students and support them to reach beyond what they ever believe is possible.
Having worked at St Luke’s since 2000, I am now one of the longest-serving members of staff and I still come to work every day with a smile on my face because St Luke’s is an amazing place to be. During my time here, I have seen the school undergo many changes and I am ready for the next phase in our development working alongside the Ted Wragg Trust.
My role this year is, among other things, to develop whole school literacy so that all of our students are able to access the curriculum and articulate their thinking with confidence. I am passionate about providing students with the skills and vocabulary needed in order to live ‘life to the full’ and communicate effectively so that they can succeed in whichever path they choose to follow beyond St Luke’s.
As part of the development of literacy, I am excited to be leading our tutorial reading programme – I cannot think of a better way to start the day than by reading a good book!
I am delighted to join St Luke’s Senior Leadership Team this year. As a member of the team leading Teaching and Learning, I will be responsible for helping us to achieve the very best educational experience for every student and member of staff in our school. We will achieve this by ensuring that every moment in lessons is used to engage students in purposeful, calm and appropriate activity. We want our students and teachers to have high aspirations for every single lesson. We have ensured that all our students are equipped and therefore come to lessons ‘ready to learn’. We are investing in our staff through a comprehensive coaching programme designed to ensure that every teacher is a reflective practitioner who is always willing to improve the student experience at St Luke’s. My vision is that our school will be a centre of excellence with happy staff and students engaging in the fascinating pursuit of living life to the full through continuous learning.
Director of Quality of Education for the Ted Wragg Trust
I am delighted to be supporting St Luke’s in my role as Director of Quality of Education for the Ted Wragg Trust.
I am passionate about teaching and learning; for me what happens in the classroom on a day to day basis is absolutely critical in ensuring that children receive the best educational experience possible while they are at school. Being a teacher allows you to inspire, create and challenge young minds; to open their eyes, to pique their curiosity and foster aspirations and ambition and to develop a real thirst for learning and a wish to find out more. It is such a critical role in the development of young people, and such an influential one, that it is fundamentally important that it is done well, that the quality of teaching in the classroom is such that children crave to learn more; are aspiring to great things and committed to put the effort in to work with their teacher to get there.
I have worked at St Luke’s since 2005. I love coming to work, it has such a caring and friendly atmosphere. The teachers and support staff go above and beyond every day to support students with their teaching and learning.
As a parent of a year 11 student here, I have huge faith in the abilities of the school in providing your children a safe environment to flourish and learn many important life skills as well as achieve their potential academically.
I am responsible for the leading the support services: health and safety, HR, finance and administration. One priority for me this year is to improve our communication with parents and carers. We have a new website, a Facebook page and Twitter which are windows into our school for you.
I am incredibly proud of the support staff team here at St Luke’s. Their enthusiasm never waivers. Their commitment to every teacher and student is overwhelming. We are all driven to develop St Luke’s and are very excited to be working with colleagues from the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust. There has been a huge change and emphasis on teaching and learning, which as a year 6 parent is very encouraging.
I feel very fortunate and privileged to be the Assistant Principal here at St Luke’s Church of England School. My main responsibilities in my role are Inclusion, Safeguarding and being the SENDCO of the school.
My role at school is varied, challenging, but ultimately very rewarding. There are many aspects of my job that require various skills such as team work, time management, prioritising, determination and compassion, all of which I . At all times I am child focussed and this allows me to access the very best education provision that suits an individual student and their needs. I have a love and enthusiasm for the goal I am ultimately working towards which is providing the best individual academic opportunities for all pupils.