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Senior Leadership Structure
Graeme Harkness Executive Principal
Overall Strategic Direction and Challenge
I am delighted and honoured to be the first Principal of Small Heath Leadership Academy. This is the fourth school that I have led and I bring with me the experience of having been part of the leadership teams of outstanding schools as well as those in challenging circumstances. I have worked in several Local Authorities ranging from inner city to large rural areas across England and Wales. Additionally, I have experience as a local authority Assistant Director for Children’s Services with responsibility for school improvement and well as being a Regional Director for the West Midlands with the Governments National Strategies programme. My educational philosophy is based on the fundamental principle that schools should maximise the potential of all children and young people. I became a teacher because I wanted to make a difference to students’ lives. I have always had high expectations and been ambitious for myself, for the staff teams I have led, for the schools I have worked in and with, as well as for the students for whom I have had responsibility
Enass Al-Ani (Deputy Headteacher)
Teaching & Learning, Daily organisation and responsibility of Upper School
I am thrilled to join the leadership team at Small Heath School and lead Teaching and Learning - an area that is very close to my heart! Having worked in a range of diverse schools I understand the importance of community cohesion and working together to achieve the best for our students and the school. I started my career as a Maths teacher in an outstanding school and then moved to teach in a Boys’ school for six years where I became an Advanced Skills Teacher. After that I worked in a challenging school as an Assistant Principal where I gained a wide range of experience that enabled me to progress to a Deputy Headteacher role in a very large school in the West Midlands before joining Small Heath. My passion is to provide all of our students high quality learning experiences that allow them to reach their full potential and equip them for the future.
Rod Deaves (Interim Assistant Headteacher)
Post16 (6th Form)
I have worked at Small Heath School since 2006 as Team Leader for Design and Technology and have thoroughly enjoyed working with our pupils and ensuring they always have interesting learning experiences so they can make maximum progress and realise their full potential. I have been teaching since 1997 in a variety of Birmingham schools. I have always understood the importance of school being at the heart of the community and the duty we have as teachers to serve the community. Since being at Small Heath School, I have often said to friends, family and colleagues that I could not imagine working anywhere else! I am therefore very proud to be recently appointed as Head of Sixth Form and am very much looking forward to moving the Sixth Form forward. I want to ensure our Sixth Form provision is the very best it can be and be the perfect stepping stone for our students for the next phase of their lives.