Senior Leadership Team

Andrew Seager


Andrew Seager has been Headteacher at Stratford School Academy since September 2004.
The school was rated GOOD by OFSTED in May 2014, the inspection report referred to the ‘Headteacher’s strong, clear vision for the school’ and ‘strong sense of moral purpose.’
Andrew has a MA in Curriculum Studies and a particular interest in Mathematics Education. He represented the SSAT on the Mathematics National Curriculum Review Expert Panel and was a member of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics Headteacher Steering group. His school is the lead secondary school in the N.E. London Mathematics Education Strategic Hub. He has also sat on Newham’s Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Executive.
Andrew is married with three children, two with a Maths degree and one studying Physics. He and his wife enjoy cycling on their tandem.
Mark Rogers
Deputy Headteacher

Mark’s main responsibilities are to:

•       Ensure that the school meets its academic targets
•       Deputise for the Headteacher in his absence

Mark has been the Deputy Headteacher at Stratford School Academy since 2010 and a teacher in north and east London for the past 17 years. Before a career in teaching he worked in project management. He is particularly adept at designing and implementing teaching strategies that have the biggest impact on the progress pupils make in school.
Mark has a degree in Product Design and the National Professional Qualification for Headship. He is a member of the Design & Technology Association and the National Science Learning hub and has a deep interest in contemporary Art and Design.
Mark is married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren he enjoys travel and is a keen gardener, his secret passion is growing chillies.

Mark Pratt
Deputy Headteacher


Mark’s main responsibilities are to:

•       Manage the day to day operation of the Upton Lane site.
•       Ensure that the school’s teaching systems are highly effective.

Mark has taught at Stratford School Academy for 20 years, starting out as a Newly Qualified Teacher in PE, then moving into the role of Head of PE and has worked as an Assistant Headteacher and more recently as a Deputy Headteacher.
Mark enjoys spending time with his two sons playing any type of sport including football, tennis and golf. You can normally see Mark playing football every Saturday using his silky skills for the Old Parmiterians Vets football team.
One of his proudest moments as a teacher was when a pupil he taught for nearly 5 years went on to become a PE teacher.

Ashley Dixon
Deputy Headteacher


Ashley’s main responsibilities are to:

•       Ensure that the school’s behaviour and pastoral systems are highly effective.
•       To manage the day to day operation of the Grosvenor Road site.
Ashley joined Stratford School Academy in May 2017. He has been a teacher in London for the last fifteen years. Before teaching Ashley worked in the City of London. Ashley has a degree in Social Science and he is graduate of the Future Leaders Programme.
Ashley is married with 2 children, he enjoys playing tennis and he is a long suffering supporter of Middlesbrough Football Club.

Ms Salim
Assistant Headteacher

Naila Salim

Naila’s main responsibilities are:

•       Safeguarding
•       Attendance
•       Looked After Children

Naila gained a BA in Religion and Philosophy at Brunel University and after several years in the private sector she trained to be a teacher of RE at the Institute of Education. Naila started as a Newly Qualified Teacher at Stratford School Academy in 2003. in 2008 she became a pastoral leader and since 2011 has been an Assistant Headteacher.
Naila has played a key role in establishing the pupil voice at Stratford School Academy, she has a passion for working with young people and helping them overcome any barriers and be successful individuals.

Charlotte Danks
Assistant Headteacher

Charlotte’s main responsibilities are to:

•       Design and implement the schools professional development programme
•       Support the development of trainee and newly qualified teachers

Following the completion of her Geography degree, Charlotte trained as a teacher in London, through the Teach First programme. She has taught in a central London school for the last 7 years, during which time she completed a Master’s degree in Leadership. Charlotte is passionate about ensuring all students experience the highest standard of education, and joined Stratford School Academy in 2018 with a responsibility for teacher learning across the school.
In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys travelling, particularly to countries that she has taught about in her lessons. She has visited countries all around the world, and has been lucky enough to experience a range of environments including rainforests, deserts, mountains and glaciers, all of which she enjoys telling stories about in her classes.

Matthew Walkinshaw
Assistant Headteacher

Matthew Craig WALKINSHAW

Matthew’s main responsibilities are:

•      Academic interventions.
•      The co-ordination and oversight of literacy and reading.

Matthew completed a BA Hons degree in History at the University of Sheffield in 1989 before training to be a teacher. In a career spanning 24 years he has taught in a variety of schools across London and has been a Head of History, Head of Humanities as well as a Senior Teacher.
Mr Walkinshaw joined Stratford School Academy in 2014 and has shown a passion for teaching and ensures that students have the necessary skills and confidence to gain the best possible qualification.
He enjoys time with his family, reading and watching or playing any type of sport.

Paul Kean
Assistant Headteacher

Paul’s main responsibilities are:
•       School Admissions
•       Student Transition Phases (Year 6-7, Year 9-10, Year 11-Post 16) 
•       Students at external education providers 

Paul completed his teacher training through Essex Initial Teacher Training after finishing his Degree in Theatre Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.  After working at two schools in Essex, Paul joined Stratford School Academy as Head of the Performing Arts Faculty in 2015.  In May of 2018 Paul became an Assistant Headteacher, and is currently completing the Teaching Leaders programme with Ambition School Leadership.
Paul’s favourite aspect of his role is, and always will be, the interaction with pupils. He takes great pride in seeing pupils he teaches enjoy school and make progress.   Paul enjoys running and one of his greatest achievements is completing the London Marathon.

Catherine Sawer
Assistant Headteacher

Catherine’s main responsibilities are to:

•       Special Education Needs
•       English as an additional language
•       Whole school reading

After completing her teacher training in Liverpool, Catherine began her career in Essex. Catherine came to Stratford School Academy in 2014 as the Head of Religious Education and in 2017 took on the role of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Catherine is completing the National Award in Special Educational Needs.

Catherine enjoys travelling, reading non-fiction and is currently learning German.

Laura Good
Assistant Headteacher

Laura’s main responsibilities are to:
· organise internal assessments and external exams
· design and create timetables and staff rotas
Laura studied Physics at the University of Warwick and completed her teacher training through Teach First. She has been teaching for 9 years and has previously taught in schools in Lambeth and Croydon. Laura has taught at Stratford School Academy for 4 years, joining the school as the Head of Science. Laura now coordinates and tracks assessment within the school to ensure pupils make excellent progress at Stratford School Academy.

Laura is passionate about teaching Physics and is always proud when pupils she has taught go on to study Physics further. Laura enjoys travelling and keeping fit by going to Barry’s Bootcamp.