Rachel Macfarlane

Rachel is the Principal of Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford, in the London borough of Redbridge.

The school is a new non-selective, co-ed school for students aged 4-18. Both the primary and secondary phases are growing a year group at a time, until full in 2020. Prior to this Rachel was the Headteacher of Walthamstow School For Girls (WSFG) for seven years, which is an urban, multicultural girls’ comprehensive school for 11-16 year olds.

Rachel Macfarlane joined The London Leadership Strategy in 2007 as a mentor Headteacher, supporting new Headteachers through The London Leadership Strategy’s 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 LLS 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 joined with Damian McBeath in 2015 to set up a primary G4G programme. Rachel is a Senior Lecturer at the London Centre of Leadership and Learning at the Institute of Education. She also attends the Headteacher Board meetings of the NE London & East's Regional Schools Commisioner.

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