Steve is a Trustee, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Aspirations Academies Trust. Between 2008 and 2012, Steve was Principal of one of the best schools in the country, Harris City Academy Crystal Palace.
Under his leadership, Harris City Academy Crystal Palace achieved a ‘perfect’ Ofsted with Outstanding in all categories and 99.4% GCSE 5+ A*-C including English and Maths grades in 2012. Prior to this, he was Headteacher of Callington Community College in Cornwall for 10 years, where he led its transformation into a high-performing school. Steve, as an educational innovator, devised the Space Studio and Post-16 Leadership Incubator Programme concepts.
Paula KenningCo-Founder, Trustee & Deputy Managing Director
Paula is a Trustee, Co-Founder and Deputy Managing Director of the Aspirations Academies Trust. Until September 2015, she was also Executive Principal of Rivers Academy West London, which was graded Outstanding by Ofsted (2015).
Paula has led significant improvement in two schools over the past 6 years. Between 2010 and 2012, Rivers Academy West London achieved its best ever results, 56% 5+ A*-C including English and Maths at GCSE, a 16% improvement on its previous best. In May 2012, the leadership and behaviour of the academy was judged to be Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Prior to Rivers, Paula was Headteacher of Goffs School in Hertfordshire, improving the 5+ A*-C including English and Maths GCSE performance from 52% to 72% in one year (2010).
Dr Russell J QuagliaCo-Founder
Russ is President and Founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, based in the USA. Russ is recognised globally as a pioneer in the field of education, known for his unwavering dedication to student aspirations and student voice.
Described by national news media as America’s foremost authority on the development and achievement of student aspirations, Russ’s innovative work is evidenced by an extensive library of research-based publications, prominent international speaking appearances, and a successfully growing list of aspirations ventures. Among these ventures, Russ authored the Quaglia Student Voice suite of surveys, iKnow My Class student surveys, and the My Aspirations Action Plan (MAAP), an online aspirations-based planner that helps students to work towards their dreams and track their progress with the support of an adult Aspirations Advocate.