Mr Matthew Tate, Headteacher
Mr Tate started his career in ICT. He went on to study Theology, gaining a First Class Honours Degree through Moorlands College, before doing a PGCE and entering teaching. At an early stage in his career he was recognised as an exceptional teacher and potential Headteacher, and was encouraged to apply to join the prestigious ‘Future Leaders Programme’. After entering the programme in 2008, his subsequent appointments were designed to help him gain experience for headship; and to contribute to schools which were aiming to raise their standards.
- Trinity School, Sevenoaks. Mr Tate was the founding Headteacher opening the school in 2013. The school achieved a Good rating from Ofsted within 5 terms of opening and in 2015 was the 7th most popular school in Kent.
- The Hundred of Hoo School, Rochester. Mr Tate was Deputy Head, joining as part of a new leadership team tasked to take it out of Special Measures. Ofsted noted rapid improvement, rating behaviour and special needs as ‘Good’. Once this was achieved, Mr Tate was able to continue his preparation for headship by being seconded as Associate Head to support the leadership of two other schools in Kent: Furness Special School and subsequently Hextable School.
- Trinity Church of England School, Lewisham. Mr Tate joined this school when it was in ‘National Challenge’. He was responsible for behaviour, and for achievement in Year 11. Trinity is now rated as one of the top performing 100 schools in England in terms of the progress it has made, and is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
- Lampton School, Hounslow. Mr Tate started his Future Leader’s residency at this Outstanding school where he worked as an Associate Deputy Head.