New Assistant Headteachers to join exciting new secondary

Release Date: 15/03/2017

Two new Assistant Headteachers have been appointed to join the leadership team at the newest secondary school in the borough on the Richmond upon Thames College site in Twickenham.

Following a recruitment process, Lee Cornwall, currently Head of Year 11 at Orleans Park School in Twickenham and Pippa Wright, Head of Languages at Rosebery School in Epsom, have been appointed as Assistant Headteachers Designate for The Richmond upon Thames School (RTS) They will both take up their posts formally from September 2017.

The new school on Egerton Road will welcome Year 7 pupils from September as part of the wider Education and Enterprise Campus.

Lee has taught in West London schools for 17 years. This includes a senior leadership role in a number of departments, including RE, Sociology and Pupil Support. He has been Head of Year at Orleans Park for five years. Lee has also represented Great Britain at Softball.

Pippa Wright has previously worked in France teaching English as a foreign language before returning to the UK to retrain as a secondary school teacher. She has taught at secondary schools for over 13 years. She is currently the Head of Languages and Senior Teacher in charge of quality assurance at Rosebery School in Epsom.

This announcement comes as part of the Schools Offers period – when the 150 families of those children offered a place at the school attended an open evening last week to find out more about the school.

Lee said:

“It is a real honour to be appointed as an Assistant Headteacher at RTS and an exciting prospect to help build a school community that is outstanding in every-way. I have high expectations and believe that at RTS we will provide pupils with the greatest opportunity to flourish. I am passionate about education for all, and the creation of a community where every pupil feels valued and has the opportunity to succeed.”

Pippa said:

“I am hugely excited at the prospect of working at RTS and being part of this new and innovative project. It will give me great pleasure to be at the heart of a school which will provide its students with the opportunity to develop and grow; to build confidence and self-belief; and to be stimulated by a challenging and enriching curriculum which will allow them to have a learning experience of the highest quality.”

Kelly Dooley, RTS Headteacher, added:

"I am truly delighted that Lee and Pippa are joining the Senior Leadership Team of The Richmond upon Thames School. It is a rare privilege to create a new school and even more so with the unique combination of education and business partners who have come together to shape the vision for the school and the overall Education and Enterprise Campus.

“I am confident that together we will grow a truly amazing school. It will be a school where local children can obtain the knowledge and develop the skills they will need to enjoy success in their time at the school and long after.

“I look forward to welcoming Lee and Pippa, along with the other new staff at the school. But, most importantly I look forward to welcoming the first Year 7s in September to join us on this exciting new journey.”

Updated: 21 June 2017