Miss Longhurst joined the Royal Greenwich Trust School in September 2019. Miss Longhurst has extensive leadership experience acquired through various roles within the secondary sector including Education Consultant, Principal/Headteacher, Co-principal, Associate Principal, Deputy Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher.
As a highly motivated and innovative leader, Miss Longhurst has a proven track record for successfully leading and managing across diverse areas of responsibility. Her core talent in viewing challenges as opportunities and in achieving intended outcomes with drive and enthusiasm supports her dedication to raising standards.
Miss Longhurst is an advocate for young people who, at the heart of all decisions and actions, maintains clarity on what is ultimately of greatest benefit to the students within the learning community.
Deputy Headteacher - Teaching and Learning
Ms Alam qualified as an English teacher through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme having studied at King’s College London. She has a masters in Educational Leadership in Urban Contexts from the University of Manchester. She has taught in schools in Manchester, Greenwich and Tower Hamlets, putting into practice her educational knowledge of teaching in Urban Contexts from University.
Ms Alam was selected as a UK delegate for the Global Teaching Summit and continues to be a member of the global Teach For All Network.
Ms Alam has been an English curriculum leader, Head of Year, Head of Key Stage 4 and Director of Learning and brings experience of systems and processes in a start-up school environment, as well as a thorough understanding of teaching and learning, having led the School of Education at St Paul’s Way Trust School, part of the UST.
Mr Opara is a Deputy Headteacher with leadership responsibility for our sixth form provision, our Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) strategy, whole school behaviour and attitudes and personal development provision and leadership of our pupil premium strategy.
Prior to joining RGTS, Mr Opara has held several senior leadership posts in schools across London and Derbyshire and has extensive experience of leading in urban contexts. Mr Opara is committed to ensuring that all students are supported and provided with the opportunities to go on and succeed as responsible citizens.
Miss Saunders is an Assistant Headteacher with leadership responsibility for our school’s character development provision. Prior to joining the teaching profession, Miss Saunders studied Business Management at the University of Sheffield. Miss Saunders is committed to ensuring that students leave RGTS as well-rounded individuals and utilises a wide range of professional networks and our Trust partners to ensure that the best provision is in place to support this. As a leader, she is passionate about team work and school culture leads several initiatives to ensure that staff are supported and recognised for their efforts at RGTS.
Mr Martin is an Assistant Headteacher with leadership responsibility of our school’s MIS, data and operations. He also leads on the learning and progress of students in our sixth form in partnership with Mr Opara.
Prior to his career in teaching, Mr Martin studied Computer Science at Imperial College London and worked as a software developer in Canary Wharf. Throughout his teaching career he has been passionate about introducing pupils of all ages to Computer Science and works within our BEC faculty to do so.
Mr Martin has a keen interest in artificial intelligence, computational thinking and algorithm optimisation. Our sixth form computer science students develop their own artificial intelligence systems as part of their independent projects.