Our New Leadership Structure and Links with Cavendish Primary School 

This is to confirm that following the successful arrangements to form positive links with Cavendish Primary School in Chiswick, Mr Murrell has now been appointed as the permanent Executive Headteacher of both schools i.e. Marlborough and Cavendish with effect from 1st September 2018.  Along with his responsibility for ensuring high standards and in leading the establishment of a shared educational vision and values among all of our stakeholders e.g. governors, staff, pupils, parents/carers, Mr Murrell's role will be focused on developing long term plans and strategies and even stronger partnerships with other schools.   

This arrangement has also involved a restructure of the School's Leadership Team where by:

  • Mrs Gill will assume the position of Head of School and therefore take responsibility for the smooth day to day running of our school, along with leading the ongoing development, monitoring and evaluation of high quality of teaching and learning.  Mrs Gill will also continue in her role as designated lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection 
  • Mrs McKeever will be our Deputy Head of School and will oversee the school's assessment processes and inclusive agenda. Mrs McKeever will also continue in her role as co-ordinator for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities  
  • Miss Heap, Mrs Stringer, Miss Thethi and Mrs Young will be our Assistant Heads of School with responsibilities for our leading Early Years and Infant Phase, Junior Phase, the development of English and the development of mathematics respectively

Please note that this means that the school will no longer have teachers with responsibility for leading a specific year group. 

Please be assured that all of these appointments were made following a rigorous consultation and selection processes involving careful consideration of the views and opinions of staff, governors, local authority and independent advisers and other professional associations including the main teaching unions.

Most importantly, the decision establish a permanent link with Cavendish was taken in strict regard to the interests of the children at Marlborough Primary School and only after detailed analysis and evaluation of the benefits and challenges some of which have been detailed below.  

The benefits of our link with Cavendish Primary School include:

Helping us to prepare for the future  - The decision enables us to respond positively to current government policy which strongly encourages schools to work closely together.  The arrangement will empower our school’s leadership, including governors, to take control of this agenda in order to ensure that we maintain our unique and distinctive features, values and vision.

Sharing expertise in teaching - Teachers with particular skills in specific subject areas will be able to support colleagues across the two schools in order to improve the quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils.

Making a positive contribution towards our journey to become ‘outstanding’ - Our link with Cavendish Primary School will provide the evidence to show that we are receiving support from and contributing towards the improvement of another school. This is a key feature of an ‘outstanding’ school.

Supporting the further development of strong leadership - Giving staff at all levels opportunities to take on more responsibility will help us to strengthen our leadership capacity.  This is another key feature of an ‘outstanding’ school and is likely to help us to retain key members of staff and offset some of the difficulties arising from the current teacher recruitment crisis.

Providing opportunities for children to learn from each other - The development of positive relationships with children beyond our immediate locality will help our pupils develop a deeper sense of community.      

Delivering economies of scale - We can reduce the negative impact of cuts to school budgets through initiatives such as the sharing and bulk purchase of materials and resources needed in both schools. Savings can also be made by sharing administrative and operational personnel and functions such those related to business and data management or the co-ordination of extended school activities e.g. aftercare provision for working parents/carers, extra-curricular clubs and services for pre-school children and their families. 

Strengthening Governance  - We will be able to draw on the experience and expertise of governors from both schools to improve knowledge and understanding of key areas such as Finance, Human Resources, Premises Management and Marketing. This will also reduce our reliance on services and advice provided by the Local Authority especially in a climate where government policy seeks to reduce their role and influence in order make financial savings and give schools more autonomy. 

Further Information and Reading  

If you are interested in finding out more about the role of an Executive Headteacher, please click on the links below.

Thank you for your interest and ongoing support.