Senior Leadership Team

Meet the Team

SSA benefits from a highly educated and experienced SLT and teaching staff. You can read more about their respective education, experience and individual responsibilities below.

Mr Craig Hewitt, Headteacher

Craig became Headteacher at Stratford School Academy in September 2020. He has been teaching in schools in North London for over 20 years, with over 15 years of experience in senior leadership. Craig studied Sociology at Nottingham University, has a Master’s Degree in Education and the National Professional Qualification
for Headship.

He is particularly interested in the latest research evidence about what makes schools effective, teaching and the curriculum. Married with 2 children, Craig enjoys spending time with his family but also tries to find some time to kick around a football, keep fit and read.


  • The overall performance of SSA

Mr Mark Rogers, First Deputy Headteacher

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.


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

Mr Ashley Dixon, Deputy Headteacher – Grosvenor Road

Ashley joined Stratford School Academy in May 2017. He has been a teacher in London since 2003 and he has been a senior leader since 2009. 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. He enjoys helping teachers to become excellent classroom practitioners which ultimately improves pupil’s progress and achievement. Ashley is married with 2 children; he enjoys playing tennis and he is a long suffering supporter of Middlesbrough Football Club.


  • Manage day to day operation of Grosvenor Road site.
  • Ensure that the school’s behaviour and pastoral systems are highly effective.

Mr Mark Pratt, Deputy Headteacher – Upton Lane

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.


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

Ms Naila Salim, Assistant Headtacher

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 is passionate about working with young people, helping them overcome barriers and be the best they can.


  • Safeguarding
  • Attendance
  • Looked After Children

Ms Charlotte Robinson, Assistant Headteacher

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 spending time with her family, reading and travel.


  • Design and implement the school’s professional development programme
  • Support the development of trainee and newly qualified teachers

Mr Matthew Walkinshaw, Assistant Headteacher

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 30 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 to ensure that students have the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to gain the best possible qualifications. He enjoys time with his family, reading and watching or playing any type of sport.


  • Academic interventions
  • Exams
  • The Curriculum

Mr Paul Kean, Assistant Headteacher

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 went on to complete 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 enjoy school and make progress whilst always maintaining high expectations. Paul enjoys running and one of his greatest achievements is completing the London Marathon.


  • School Admissions
  • Student Transition Phases (Year 6-7, Year 9-10, Year 11-Post 16)
  • Students at external education providers

Ms Beth Link, Assistant Headteacher

Coming soon.

Mr Charles Gardiner-Graham, Head of Estates

Charles joined Stratford School Academy in August 2019 after working in a corporate environment since the start of his career in Facilities in 2011. His role varies from day-to-day management of the fabric of the Academy buildings to the more in-depth management of the H&S systems at the Academy, ensuring the safety of all staff and pupils on site. Charles is a husband and father and in his spare time enjoys reading, travelling and walking his dog.


  • Manage the school estates and ensure H&S compliancy across the Academy