Simon O'Leary Mathematics Secondary


Simon O’Leary

SLE designation

(Date of designation & Teaching School)

Mathematics SLE Appointed April 2019

Archbishop Temple School/Preston Teaching School Alliance

Current School

(LA or Sponsor)

Archbishop Temple School, Preston

Recent OfSTED judgement

(Overall and Leadership)


Context of School


Archbishop Temple School is a high performing secondary school in Preston, Lancashire. We have around 800 pupils, aged 11 – 16, and we aim to provide an outstanding education based firmly on our core values of ‘Faith, Nurture and Service’.

Our pupils receive a first class education and our exam results are consistently among the best in the country (in 2018 88% of our students achieved good grades in 5 or more subjects, including English and Maths).

Being a Church of England school is a core part of our ethos. We express our faith in regular acts of worship, but also by providing an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere where we make a commitment to each young person to try to support them to be the best they can be.


Particular area(s) of Expertise/Strength

Subject specialist with over 20 years of teaching experience / Head of Department – running a department that consistently produces outstanding results year on year.

How have you supported other schools or middle leaders and senior leaders in your own school?

Over the last few years I / we have supported a number of schools both locally and nationally in order to raise standards and in particular looking a systems which ensure consistency throughout a department both in terms of teaching and managing staff.

What was the Impact of your support?

The smooth transition and implementation of the new GCSE, which has ensured that the GCSE results are maintained. 

SOW’s / assessment have been amended as a result of our work so that the grades at the higher end of the subject are now more achievable / ensuring challenge to all.

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