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MH and SJ


Sue Jepson started work as the Deputy Headteacher at Barnes Primary (formally Westfields) in January 1999. At that time the school had one form of entry. A number of families in the local area around the school didn’t send their children to Westfields.  During her time at the school she has worked closely with two Headteachers to ensure that the school has become a very successful, thriving and flourishing two form entry school. Sue passed the National Headteachers Qualification and has an MA in Education. Mark Hartley refers to Sue as ‘the glue that holds the organisation together’.

Prior to working at Barnes Primary school Sue worked in Thailand for six years at Bangkok Patana International School. Bangkok Patana was a large school with seven forms of entry. It catered for pupils from Nursery (aged 3) to International Baccalaureate (aged 18). During her time there she had several significant areas of responsibility. At Barnes Sue leads on the planning and logistics; the school premises; school meals; The Pupil Council; and the sustainability agenda. Sue also teaches the Year 3 and Year 4 enrichment groups.


Mark Hartley, MBE was appointed Headteacher in January 2006. Previously he was Headteacher of Ashburnham Primary School between 1998 and 2002. Between headships he worked for three years as a School Improvement Advisor for Kensington and Chelsea Local Authority. He has travelled extensively, often on a bicycle, and spent time in fifty-eight different countries. Mark leads on strategy and direction; standards and quality assurance; appointments and personnel; assessment and data analysis and the school budget. He teaches Year 6 pupils for five sessions a week (three English and two mathematics) and takes a Year 5 and a Year 6 enrichment group. He has a Masters in Educational Management and Administration and an MBA in Educational Leadership. He completed a diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia) in 2013. Mark had a book, ‘The Art of Teaching Writing’, published in November 2012.