Tony Draper entered teaching in 1995 and served in a number of schools in Northampton and Daventry.
Tony’s first Headship was in 2000. In January 2003 he became Head at Water Hall Primary, regarded as a failing Primary School in a very challenging estate. The challenge was appealing. Respect was earned through actions and not just expected.
Through the recruitment and deployment of excellent staff, the adoption of clear school values and adhering to the behaviours inherent in the values, Water Hall Primary achieved consistent and sustainable high outcomes at the end of Key Stage 2 with excellent progress being made from Foundation to the end of Key Stage 2. It is now a successful, emotionally intelligent school rather than one driven by structure, processes and fear. Coaching and developing relationships within the setting and particularly for staff development were implemented to achieve successful outcomes.
The school was rated as Outstanding by Ofsted in all areas in March 2013. Tony subsequently successfully supported other schools and firmly believes that schools that own and understand their issues are far more likely to be successful than external initiatives being imposed on them.
Tony’s current role is CEO at Lakes Academies Trust.
Certified in Spiral Dynamics. Past President of the National Association of Head Teachers, Member of NAHT Assessment Review Group, Member of the NAHT Commission on Assessment, past Chair of the Assessment and Accountability Group, Member of the Values Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health System Commission. Member of the Health Service England Expert Reference Group- Self Harm & Suicide Prevention Competency Framework.
Tony is also a former professional football coach at Northampton Town FC and a supporter of Huddersfield Town FC and the Huddersfield Giants RL.