Dan is passionate about removing as many challenges as possible for children to believe and achieve following his own experience of being the only pupil in his year group to pass his 11 plus and go on to study at Oxford.
Dan’s favoured metaphor for talking about the children in his care involves ‘invisible backpacks’. Inside those backpacks are all the negative experiences and difficulties children have faced which need to be unpacked; no child leaves their bag at the door when they come into school under Dan’s leadership.
Dan recognises the most valuable and valued resource under his leadership; his staff. Listening to what staff teams needed ensured Dan created a framework that would allow children to believe and achieve and for staff to grow and develop. This supports a climate and culture based on excellence for all.