Louis Taylor, Head of St. Aubyn's school in Woodford Green, talks about his journey to leadership and what makes his school stand out from the rest.

What was your path to becoming a head teacher?

 I started teaching in the state sector over twenty years ago, and later progressed through my career in the independent sector. I became a Head for the first time in September 2018 and moved to St. Aubyn’s in September of last year. I was delighted to have the opportunity to lead such an inspiring and successful school.

 Why did you want to become a head teacher?

I wanted to become a teacher because I have always had an affinity working with children. I wanted to be able to make a difference in the lives of those that I worked with. Ultimately, becoming a Deputy Head and then Head was the natural step for me when I felt like I had sufficient experience and expertise to lead. I’m not a Head that sits in his office for hours on end, I like to engage with the pupils in every class, from nursery to Year 6.

What’s the most surprising thing about you that people may not know?

I love Karaoke – it’s just hard to get me off the microphone once I’ve started!

What were your favourite and least favourite school dinners?

A lot of the time at school I had packed lunch, but I think my favourite was fish and chips. I’m so happy that the food here at St. Aubyn’s is amazing – not like the old school dinners I used to have!

How do you relax outside of school?

I like to spend time with my two children, getting to know the area since I started in September. Community is important to me, I want our school to be at the hub of lots of community activity in the future.

What are your most proud of at your school?

I’m really proud of how we manage the two things that are most important to us – the wellbeing of every child, alongside the academic progress they make. We do not favour one over the other – which leads to us helping every single pupil to reach their full potential.

Please come visit us at our next Open Morning on Wednesday, 13 March from 10 am until midday. The Head’s talk will take place at 10.15 am. The address is Bunces Lane, Woodford Green, IG89DU.

If you have any enquiries, please call 0208 504 1577 or email school@staubyyns.com.

If you would like to know more about the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Registrar, Mrs Helen Madden: registrar@staubyns.com.