Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

The Senior Leadership Team

 

George McMillan : Principal                                                

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Mr McMillan has been Principal of Harris Academy Greenwich since January 2011 and is a National Leader of Education (NLE). Originally from Glasgow, he graduated from Aberdeen University with an MA in English Literature, and then from Edinburgh University with a PGCE and a burning desire to teach.  Mr McMillan taught English for six years at a secondary school in Edinburgh serving one of the most deprived areas in Scotland, latterly having a whole school remit in charge of promoting positive behaviour.  Shortly after moving to London in 2006 he met Dr Tomlinson and joined the Senior Team at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred which at the time was in a ‘Requires Improvement’ category and is now Outstanding in every category. Mr McMillan has a diploma in Educational Leadership, has the NPQH and is a Senior Practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). As part of his role in the Harris Federation Teaching School Alliance, he trains staff on the NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH leadership programmes.  Mr McMillan is "fiercely proud" of the students and staff he leads.

 

 

Ben Keely : Vice Principal

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Mr Keely graduated from Warwick with a First in History and Politics but instead of following his head into the City he followed his heart into teaching. He taught history, politics and economics for two years on the Teach First programme. Mr Keely has experience of senior leadership in three outstanding schools across London. Originally from Greenwich, he is delighted to have the opportunity to make a real difference in his own community, becoming Vice Principal at HAGR in September 2014, leading on Teaching and Learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graham Cripps : Business Manager

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Following a career in banking in the city Graham Cripps came into education in 1977 and steadily progressed through the education system from Facilities Management, Local Management of Schools to Business Management, obtaining a NCSL Certificate in School Business Management and Institute of Administrative Management Diploma. He has been a member of senior management for numerous years and has developed a clear understanding of how an effective school needs to be managed to maximise the impact on teaching and learning. He is a qualified Senior Leader of Education and is currently also supporting a failing school in inner London as well as providing finance training to other school leaders via the Harris Training School NPQML programme.  He is supporting the Principals in the design and development of our new building and is playing a key role in our strategic transfer.

 

 

 

Katherine Brown : Assistant Principal

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From a very young age Miss Brown knew she wanted to be a teacher. She graduated from Sheffield University with a BA in Geography before diving straight into teaching through the ITT programme at Bromley Schools Collegiate. Having quickly realised her passion for raising the attainment and aspirations of children would be matched with the Harris Federation’s strong vision of high expectations she taught for two years at Harris Academy Falconwood, an outstanding school. Continuing in the Federation Miss Brown came to Harris Academy Greenwich in September 2012 as an AST in Humanities. Since then she has led the Humanities department before joining the Senior Leadership Team in September 2014. She is deeply passionate about professional development and has successfully undertaken both the Evolve coaching programme and NPQSL. Miss Brown leads the whole school SMSC, Literacy, Learning Guidance and Homework programmes as well as being the Quality Nominee for BTEC courses.

 

 

 

 

 

Isabel Ambrose  : Assistant Principal

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Miss Leahy graduated from the University Of Edinburgh with a BSc in Geography and then joined the Teach First Programme excited to start her career working with students from South East London. She then completed an MA in Educational Leadership and the NPQSL which fuelled her passion further to promote equal opportunities in education for all young people no matter their socio-economic background. After enjoying working within the Harris Federation as a Coordinator of Humanities she is thrilled to have the privilege of being an Assistant Principal at Harris Academy Greenwich. Miss Leahy loves waking up and coming to school every day and she insists that teaching is the best job in the world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numera Anwar : Assistant Principal

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Originally from Manchester Mrs Anwar graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BSc Hons degree in Biomedical Science.  After moving to London she completed her PGCE from the Institute of Education and taught Science both in an outer London school for four years and also at an inner London school for three years. During her time in teaching she has gained experience of being a Head of Year as well as becoming a Lead Practitioner for Science. Mrs Anwar went on to complete the NPQSL programme with the National College and was appointed as Assistant Principal at Harris Academy Greenwich. She loves teaching Science and  truly believes that every child has the potential to succeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sue Cable : Assistant Principal

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Educated at Queen Mary and Westfield College and Kings College London, Sue Cable has a first class honours degree in English and a PGCE. She entered the world of teaching at the age of 31 after working for ten years in the National Health Service. Having grown bored with the world of administration, she relished the opportunity to return to her passion for literature as a teacher and cites the fact that she often acts as a bridge between the words of a writer and the minds of reluctant readers as “the most rewarding’ part of her job. She taught English at a tough inner city boys’ school for fifteen years moving from second in charge of the English department to Head of Year before qualifying as an Advanced Skills Teacher. She has worked at Harris Academy Greenwich since 2005 when the school was known as Eltham Green and held the post of Curriculum Area Leader for English until promoted to Assistant Principal in 2013. Currently she has whole school responsibility for behaviour, attendance, admissions and safeguarding

 

 

 

 

Dan Sofianos : Assistant Principal

After graDanSofianos_0003duating from Queen Mary’s, University of London, with a degree in Drama, Mr Sofianos found his love for teaching in Hong Kong. He returned to the UK to follow his passion where he qualified as an English and Drama teacher through the Institute of Education. He has since practiced as Head of Department, Advanced Skills Teacher and Specialist Leader of Education. He is currently undertaking the NPQSL qualification and is immensely  proud to be part of the Senior Leadership Team as an Assistant Principal. He is passionate about the lives of young people and feels strongly about developing the ‘whole’ student and building strong community links. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darren Pearce:  Assistant Principal

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Darren grew up and went to school in South East London and is highly committed to serving the local community. He read Modern History at Oxford University before working as an Executive Search Consultant for a leading retail bank. After three years, he decided that he wanted to pursue a career that allowed him to mix his passion for history with a sense of moral purpose and pride, so completed a Graduate Teacher Programme with The University of East London. After teaching at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy for four years he moved to Harris Academy Greenwich to take up the joint position of Assistant Achievement Director for Humanities and History Lead Practitioner. After a year in this post, he was promoted to Achievement director for Humanities, which he carried out for two years before his appointment as Assistant Principal in 2016. His remit entails leading the Academy’s ‘outstanding’ sixth form, which continues to grow not only in capacity but in academic strength with its most successful set of results to date. Darren’s vision is for every student at Harris Academy Greenwich to leave education equipped with the skills to overcome life’s challenges and make the choices that will make them successful.

 

 

 

Stephen Donovan:  Assistant Principal

StephenDonovan_0001Stephen grew up in Dublin, Ireland, where he studied Geography in Trinity College. After graduation, his passion for teaching and travel took him from South America to Spain, where he taught children from disadvantaged backgrounds for 5 years. Stephen completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in Trinity College Dublin and is a qualified EAL teacher. Three years ago, Stephen started working in Harris Academy Greenwich where he quickly accredited as a Lead Practitioner. Since his appointment as Assistant Principal in 2016, his remit is to oversee Initial Teacher Training in the school and to continue teaching great Geography lessons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Otulakowski: Assistant Principal

AdamMr Otulakowski graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Philosophy and Mathematics. After leaving university, Mr Otulakowski pursued a career as commodity broker in the USA, before returning to the UK to complete a PGCE in Mathematics. Since then, he has worked as a Head of Department and Assistant Headteacher at schools across the South East, before taking up the role of Assistant Principal at Harris Academy Greenwich in January 2017. He is currently affiliated with the Future Leaders programme, a network of exceptional school leaders who are dedicated to transforming the lives of children who need it most.