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Matthew Adshead

Headmaster and Chair
Old Vicarage School (ISI Excellent 2018) and Independent Schools Association (Confirmed)

Matthew Adshead trained to be a teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge with the unusual intention of becoming a school proprietor. He has worked throughout the Independent sector in HMC, IAPS, BSA and ISA schools in senior leadership positions. With his wife Jenny, they realised their school proprietary dream, taking ownership of The Old Vicarage School, Derbyshire in 2007. The school is thriving with long waiting lists and has passed ISI inspections with "excellent" ratings in all areas.  Matthew serves as one of the Honorary Officer on the National Executive Committee for the Independent Schools Association (ISA). He is Honorary Chair of the ISA for the Academic Year 2018 - 2019. He represents the ISA on Board of the Independent Schools Council (ISC).  Matthew also works as an educational consultant, assisting schools with their business sustainability and strategy, as well as advising on how to improve their educational quality. The OVS school motto is "Ingenium ac benevolentia", which translates as "character and kindness". Matthew believes that focussing on these two virtues in schools is the secret to providing children with an excellent education.

How Can School Ensure Outstanding ISI Pupil Outcomes for All Students?

    • What are the highest impact strategies for raising academic and personal attainment for all pupils?
    • Considering effective marking and feedback systems which enable pupils to understand and improve their learning and performance, what are the lessons learned?
    • How can schools use data analytics and insights effectively, engage staff in the observation process and successfully self-evaluate?
    • Developing a vision for your school: what are the necessary components to raise the profile and impact of teaching across the whole curriculum?
    • How can we enhance innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables?
    • Inspections: how can you successfully provide evidence to demonstrate successful pupils outcomes ahead of your inspection?
    • Viewing the ISI inspection process as an opportunity rather than a challenge.
    • Managing the “fear factor” – Tackling staffroom culture, preconceptions and attitudes towards inspection
    • How a successful inspection preparation and process will lead to positive, lasting pupil outcomes in all areas of school life: academic, pastoral and co-curricular
    • The impact of inspection outcomes on school business growth