Herts for Learning appoints Director of Education Services

    Published: 17 January 2018

    Herts for Learning, is delighted to announce the appointment of Rachel Macfarlane as Director of Education Services, with effect from April 2018.

    Rachel, who is a National Leader of Education, is currently the Principal of Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford, in the London borough of Redbridge. She opened this non-selective Ark all-through academy for 4-18 year olds in 2012 and the school was rated Outstanding by Ofsted when inspected in 2014. Prior to this, Rachel has held successful headship positions at the Walthamstow School for Girls for seven years and at the Francis Bacon School, now called the Samuel Ryder Academy, in St. Albans between 2002 and 2004.


    Alongside her headship experience, Rachel has been extensively involved in leading school improvement services across both primary and secondary phases. She joined the London Leadership Strategy in 2007 as a Consultant Headteacher, supporting new headteachers through The London Leadership Strategy’s (LLS) Moving to New Headship programme. Since then, Rachel has mentored many new headteachers in London.

    In 2009, Rachel set up Going for Great (G4G), now a flagship programme designed for leaders of Outstanding schools to continue to develop and learn from each other and support the schools around them. Rachel took on the role as programme leader for the Good to Great programme in June 2010. Good to Great supported over 100 Ofsted rated Good London secondary schools on their journey towards Outstanding and beyond. After six years of being Programme Director of the secondary G4G project, Rachel jointly set up a primary G4G programme in 2015. The programme now supports leaders of secondary, primary, all through and special schools.

    Rachel is a Senior Lecturer at the London Centre of Leadership and Learning at the Institute of Education. She is also a member of the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Headteacher Board for the East of England and North-East London region.

    Commenting on the appointment, Herts for Learning’s Managing Director, Andrew de Csilléry, said:

    This is a very exciting appointment for Herts for Learning and a positive reflection of our reputation in the education sector that Rachel has chosen to join us. I very much look forward to working with Rachel, to the leadership she will provide to all of the Education Services teams at Herts for Learning, as well as the wider contribution she will undoubtedly make to education in Hertfordshire and beyond.

    Managing Director, Andrew de Csilléry

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