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10 minutes with… Clare Mabberley,

Primary Headteacher at St Paul’s Way Foundation School


Describe the school in three words…

“Innovative, caring and local”

Tell us a bit about you and the team at St Paul’s Way Foundation School

“I’ve worked in schools across London for 12 years, the last seven at a school in Waltham Forest which was recently graded ‘outstanding’. I moved here at Easter and I’m really excited to be at the school. We have a very gifted and diverse team; many from the local area and a couple went to St Paul’s Way Trust School. All staff share a commitment to improve the lives of our young people and offer locally the best possible education.”

What do you enjoy about working at the school?

“That’s easy – the children! They are so engaged in learning and they really love coming to school; most of the children are local and can walk to and from school. They are a joy to work with.”

What can parents or carers expect if they choose St Paul’s Way Foundation School?

“A range of things – really high academic standards of education; a very broad and creative curriculum; and an environment where every child can thrive. An added benefit is that being in the Foundation school guarantees a place in St Paul’s Way Trust School, which is one of the most sought-after secondary schools in Tower Hamlets.

We are proud to be a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) specialist school, so our maths and science offerings are especially strong.

Being a central part of our local community, we offer lots of activities for parents, from functional skills (e.g. English classes) to fitness classes and a knitting group. We welcome parents to our monthly parent forum, to be informed on what we are doing and to share ideas and views.”

What advice would you give people thinking of a career in teaching?

“It’s a demanding but very rewarding career; it requires a real passion for improving children’s lives and a commitment to learning. As a first step, get experience – through voluntary work, in schools or out of school hours. We have volunteers at the school, including parents and college students, and we offer work experience placements. We have a commitment to providing these types of opportunities.”