Executive Board of the West London Teaching Alliance

Members of the executive board of WLTA have been appointed on the basis of their comprehensive experience and knowledge of teaching and school leadership. Each is a head teacher but has also had experience of leadership in other environments.

Am Rai

Headteacher - Montpelier Primary School

Am Rai has taught and led in primary education for 26 years in eight schools across one outer and three inner London boroughs. He has been seconded to lead schools in difficulty on two occasions and has been either a deputy or a head teacher in four schools. He has had extensive and successful experience of OFSTED inspections under different frameworks and has worked both as a consultant and a school improvement partner. Am is Director of Montpelier Teaching School that leads the West London Teaching Alliance. He is a National Leader of Education, providing support to schools and headteachers, and is currently the headteacher of Montpelier Primary School, Ealing.

Tessa Hodgson

Headteacher - Oaklands Primary School

Tessa Hodgson has had a varied teaching career across London and in Switzerland for the last 25 years. Her experience includes deputy headships and headships in Tower Hamlets; Hammersmith and Fulham; Ealing and Switzerland. She has also worked as a School Improvement Partner; Local Authority Link Officer and a Local Authority Advisor on the inclusion of vulnerable pupils. She worked closely with NHS and social care partners to implement the new SEN reforms in Ealing and taught on the NASENCO accreditation course. She is currently headteacher of Oaklands Primary School in Ealing and a member of the executive board of the teaching alliance.

Mark Hartley

Headteacher - Barnes Primary School

Mark Hartley has been the Headteacher of Barnes Primary School since 2006. He is in his second headship and has led two schools with widely contrasting profiles. Both have been judged to be outstanding by Ofsted. Mark works as a consultant in a number of London schools, including in the secondary sector. He also regularly delivers whole day professional development. Between headships he worked for three years as a local authority school improvement advisor and he is a Local Leader of Education. In November 2012 he published ‘The Art of Teaching Writing’, an extensive, highly practical, resource file for teachers.

Simon Prebble

Headteacher - Southfield Primary School

Simon Prebble has worked in primary education as a teacher and leader for 28 years in 6 schools across both outer and inner London. He has been either a deputy or a head teacher in three schools. For three years he was Principal Primary Adviser in Ealing leading a large team of advisers and consultants and successfully introduced the School Improvement Partner programme across the borough. He has a range of experience of OFSTED inspections under different frameworks. He has also worked as a consultant head alongside other head teachers and governing bodies and as a school improvement partner. He is currently the head teacher of Southfield Primary School, Ealing which recently won a Department of Education Pupil Premium award.

Sally Flowers

Headteacher - North Ealing Primary School

Sally Flowers is currently the Head Teacher of North Ealing Primary school, a large three form entry primary school in the London borough of Ealing. Her career in education spans over 24 years including teaching and leading in 4 inner London boroughs within the EYFS and Primary sector.  She has worked as a consultant specialising in effective EYFS pedagogy, inclusion, moderation and teacher training. Sally has comprehensive experience as a school governor of both outstanding and good schools contributing to considerable knowledge of Ofsted requirements and successful approaches to leadership.  North Ealing has recently joined the executive board of the West London teaching alliance.

Ben Foley

Headteacher - Wimbledon Chase Primary School

Ben Foley has taught and led in primary schools within two inner London and one outer London Borough for the last 18 years. Mr Foley qualified as an Advanced Skills teacher in 2004 and was seconded to support Headteachers, Leadership teams and individual teachers in high quality teaching and leadership and management. In the last 9 years, Mr Foley has been the Acting Headteacher and Headteacher respectively of two challenging and underperforming schools, where he drove and achieved whole school improvements in standards and pupil outcomes. He has extensive OFSTED experience, under different frameworks, the latest successful inspection being in January 2016 at Green Dragon Primary School, an International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Accredited (July 2016), multi-cultural community school in Brentford, London. Mr Foley took up the Headship of Wimbledon Chase Primary School in September 2017.

Helen Rai

Headteacher - Lady Margaret Primary School

Helen Rai is the headteacher of a three form entry primary school in West London. This is her second headship and she has twenty years of leadership experience.  She has a MA in Educational Management and Administration as well as the NPQH qualification.  As a former school improvement partner and, subsequently, a local authority adviser she has a wealth of experience working in a wide variety of schools.