Sir Paul Grant

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Head Teacher, Robert Clack School, 
Sir Paul Grant, Head Teacher, Robert Clack School

Sir Paul Grant has been Head Teacher at Robert Clack School in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham since April 1997. He originally joined Robert Clack School in 1990 as the Head of Humanities. At that time, the school was in a very challenging period, with low examination outcomes and poor pupil behaviour creating an appalling reputation.  Plans to close the school down were well advanced.

However the Humanities faculty led by Sir Paul continued to go from strength to strength against this background.  This striking pupil progress came to the attention of the Governing Body and Local Authority, and they asked him to replicate this success across the entire school. What happened next has been the subject of much study by government and academia, especially as th school serves one of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK.

In June 2004, December 2007 and March 2011 Robert Clack School was designated by OfSTED as an 'outstanding school'. Robert Clack School now has over 2,000 pupils on two sites,  is featured in the prestigious Good Schools Guide and is one of the most over subscribed schools in London. It is a High Performing School with Specialisms in Science, Maths & Computing and Languages. The school was the highest placed education establishment in the 2010 Sunday Times Best Hundred Companies to Work for List, and winner in the medium-sized company section.

Sir Paul works closely with his LA, the DfE, Future Leaders, the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, The Princes’ Teaching Institute and is a member of Business in the Community’s Education Board. He has also established international partnerships and is an NCSL Consultant Headteacher. He is actively involved in School Improvement having collaborated with and supported, hundreds of secondary schools UK wide. He was part of the National Steering Group that created the National Leader in Education role. He is currently on the National Advisors group for History in the curriculum.

Sir Paul was knighted for services to local and national education, appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London and was bestowed the Freedom of Barking and Dagenham, all in 2009. This year he was awarded (honoris causa) Doctor of Letters by the University of Hull.