New Headteacher Announcement

support 2019, School News

Introducing Paul Mundy-Castle, Headteacher Designate of Woodcote High School

The Governors of Woodcote High School are pleased to announce that, from 1 st September 2019, Mr. Paul Mundy-Castle will become the school’s new Headteacher.

Paul is an experienced Headteacher. Currently Principal of Richmond Park Academy, Paul is also a systems leader for the Academies Enterprise Trust at two other AET secondary schools in London. Immediately prior to this he held Deputy Head roles at the Evelyn Grace Academy and Raynes Park High School where he had a central role in leading their transformational changes.

A History graduate with a PGCE and a Masters in Education, Paul completed his National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in 2015 via the Institute of Education and the National College of School Leadership.

In 2005 Paul was named London Teacher of the Year by The Guardian receiving a civic commendation from the Mayor of London alongside a pride award from Lewisham council.

A passionate supporter of the Sixth Form, Paul believes that our sixth formers should be role models, encouraging the younger students to view the WHS Sixth Form as their preferred destination.

Paul is also a talented sportsman, having played basketball for England and Great Britain from 1994 – 1998. Playing at the highest level in the sport taught Paul to appreciate the team ethos which he has used effectively in all his schools to galvanise staff and get them fully behind the vision of school improvement.

In previous roles Paul has successfully set up a football and basketball academy working with the Football Association, Basketball England, Crystal Palace football club and Surrey Scorchers basketball club to help set up these academies and bring in additional funding to ensure that the academies were successful and sustainable. Paul would look to build on Woodcote’s already established relationships with outside groups like the South London Harriers to ensure mutual benefit to the club and our students.

Paul lives in Croydon with his wife and two young children; Paul believes that, being a father has grounded his decision making and ensured that he always lives the principle of β€˜loco parentis’ with all his dealings with young people in his care.

Paul stands ready to meet the challenges and opportunities that the new Education Inspection Framework will bring and also has experience of managing finances – a vital skill in these times where the stress on staff workload and education budgets is constantly in the news.

Above all Paul values openness and authenticity and looks forward to his next steps with us here at Woodcote. Steve Cooper, Chair of Governors, says β€œWe welcome Paul and are delighted to have his energy, enthusiasm and experience behind us as we move forwards.