Leon Wilson, Executive Principal of The Hurlingham Academy and Lambeth Academy, started his teaching career in Jamaica in 2000. Two years later, I moved to England to take up a position as science teacher, following the recommendation from a friend.
As an ethnic minority Head within United Learning Trust, I believe it is vital for students to see people within the Group and prompt them to think ‘I could be like Mr Wilson’.
Our pupils are very diverse, but with a limited number of ethnic minority heads and senior leaders within the profession, they have little to aspire to. I don’t want students in London to just be seen as ‘trouble’ but rather to be aspirational, and I hope to be a really positive role model for them.