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Starting Year 12 LEAD on "futures" with a fantastic seminar on apprenticeships from ex-student Tom Culley. Thank you once again for coming back to support our students.


Yesterday Year 6 put on an incredible performance of Frozen ❄️🧊👸👑 we were blown away by the quality of the performance and the dedication to putting on such a wonderful show! What a brilliant way to end their time at Primary school.


Year 8 have been studying Engines and Machinery. Here are some mono prints, embedded drawings and collages


Magnificent canvas. Inspiring seeing students engage in their passions beyond the school environment.


Up for the challenge of leading Primary Maths?Our new video explains how our NPQ program can empower you to transform maths learning. Applications are OPEN! Don't miss out!


Year 9 enjoying their History trip to the amazing Imperial War Museum in London. Outstanding engagement by all.


We can't wait to greet all the awesome year 6 students coming for their sneak peek day with us


In year 1 we have been enjoying using the atlases to locate hot and cold countries.


* Summer Holiday Football Camps *Watford FC CSE Trust football holiday camps are aimed at both boys & girls aged 6-13 who are enthusiastic about football and want to learn & improve. Click here to book:


Year 1 enjoyed their VR session this morning. They looked at fairytale settings and animals in different continents.


Year 7 students were investigating the microclimate around campus this morning as part of their geography lesson.


Looks like a great day!


Challenging presentation from today on whether we spend too much time on the abstract when talking about school improvement.


Year 12 A Level music students have been giving performances this week to Year 7 and Year 8 students, showcasing their incredible talent and sparking inspiration among the younger students.


Year six designers working on their mono print on fabric/sewing collages linked to our Black and British history unit.


Year six young chefs visiting Chef Jez Rothamsted Research to learn more about balanced diets, sustainable cooking and appealing presentation.


Attending the System Leadership Impact Conference. Great to hear from about the Oasis Community Learning approach to holistic education and serving their local communities.


Look what arrived for us directly from Arendelle in the West End. Thank you to the cast of for this magical message and thank you to Miss Bacon for organising this wonderful treat.


It has been fantastic to have our German partners back from Alzey this week and to meet the mayor of Harpenden to celebrate the partnership.


We are proud to celebrate Year 7 achieving their Bully Free Form status - students demonstrated their understanding of bullying through songs, raps, short plays, diaries, written pieces, artwork and even a newly constructed 'buddy bench'. Well done Year 7!


As final preparations for the Year 6 production are taking place, Sven and Olaf are looking forward to welcoming you. It’s going to be Brrrrrrilliant!


Calling all aspiring Maths leaders!Applications for our NPQ Leading Primary Maths program are NOW OPEN!Develop your expertise & transform maths teaching in your school. ➡️


Year 7 have demonstrated remarkable culinary skills in Food Tech lessons this year, recently making a scrumptious batch of cheese scones to take home and enjoy.


Wow! The Year 7 Drama Club put on a fantastic performance on Wednesday night, showcasing their incredible acting and singing talents. Huge thanks to our A Level Drama students for putting the whole show together!


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Trust Central Team



Abu has worked in finance for education for more than 10 years and as CFO his role involves a combination of financial stewardship, an emphasis in compliance, supporting the Trust in strategic decision-making, and ensuring the effective use of its resources.

Abu plays a pivotal role in ensuring financial sustainability, transparency, and accountability while supporting the educational vision of the Trust.



Louisa is an experienced operations and business support professional with over 15 years’ experience in the media and fashion sector before transitioning 5 years ago into the education sector. Having worked directly within both secondary and primary schools operations she is well versed on the administrative functions within schools to provide strategic direction on the day to day admin provision within the SET schools and provide guidance and support to the Office Managers across the Trust. Louisa oversees monitoring and supports on key operational systems, procedures, protocols, contracts and arrangements such as operational software, GDPR, catering, school uniform and more, to ensure that each schools’ needs are met and the admin provision works effectively and efficiently.

DIRECTOR OF IT - Oliver Draine

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Ollie has a significant understanding of the challenges and demands of IT systems in schools.  He oversees the strategic direction of our IT provision across the Trust, working with the Headteachers at each school to use the knowledge and skills of the IT teams to support and enhance both teaching and learning and the administration of the school, ensuring accessibility to service and the IT provision is exactly what the schools require.  Ollie has a high level knowledge of the Apple iPads (both management and educationally), internet and cloud solutions (such as office 365 and iCloud).

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Tom has many years’ experience of working within IT in education and uses this expertise to support the Director of IT and the Headteachers and schools that he looks after.  Tom has significant expertise in windows management, scripting, coding and the networking side of IT. 

Tom’s approach supports the ethos of the Trust that IT support is only “one click away”; whether that’s a personal visit or remote access to support each of the schools onsite provision.


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Ladan is a Chemist and has been teaching for 26 years, holding senior leadership positions in all key stages.  She has extensive knowledge and understanding of both primary and secondary phases of education and has been Head of Inclusion, SENDCo, DSL and has recently led the primary phase of Samuel Ryder Academy.

Ladan holds Post Graduate qualifications in Science, Special Educational Needs and Education studies and is a member of the British Psychological Society as a specialist assessor.

Ladan will be working very closely with all SET Headteachers, SENDCos, Designated Senior Leads and Governors to ensure that the provision for all our SET learners is of the highest quality and they receive the best quality of education, care and support.


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Heather manages attendance across the Trust Schools to ensure all schools have excellent levels of attendance and students maximise their full potential.

Heather and her team support families in ensuring the regular and punctual attendance of students and work proactively to remove barriers of poor attendance.  The robust attendance procedures and strategies in place, ensure safeguarding, improve outcomes for our students and support staff in managing persistent absence.


Ian Cushion

Responsible for Scholars' Education Trust estate management across all its schools including, management of the site teams, planned preventative & reactive maintenance, health and safety compliance, management of capital projects, asset management and finance.

Ian has 6 Years’ experience managing the health, safety & emergency planning for a local authority including; clienting and auditing of the councils housing maintenance, gas and water hygiene contracts, waste refuse contract, leisure services, playgrounds, grounds and cemetery maintenance along with coordinating of the councils response to borough wide emergencies.

15 years leisure management experience including; finance, company lead for technical services and health & safety, asset management, project managing & quality auditing.

TRUST HR MANAGER - Marta Skotnicka

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Marta joined the Trust having worked in the HR field for 10+ years. Her most recent role was a HR Manager in a standalone academy. Marta is very passionate about embedding HR best practices through clear policies and suitable procedures in place to enhance performance of our staff. Together with her team, she oversees many functions including recruitment, onboarding, absence and record management, as well as employee’s wellbeing.

Most importantly, Marta and her team are available to provide confidential, relevant and timely support for all teaching and support staff in the Trust.



Rebecca is responsible for the payroll processes and procedures across all schools within the Trust and the central team. This includes the preparation and submission of all statutory returns to HMRC and pension schemes.  Rebecca has 14 years’ experience in the education sector, providing payroll, finance and business management support to schools and academies.  Prior to this, Rebecca was in banking for 17 years, covering various management roles, and latterly leading a team of specialist tax and pension advisers.

Rebecca and her team pride themselves in providing an expert payroll service.

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