Meet the Team

We may only be a small team but we each brings a wide range of expertise to our different roles.

Mark Clutterbuck

Mark Clutterbuck

Mark has been a Head of English, a Borough Adviser, a Deputy Head at a secondary school and is currently the Head Teacher at Coombe Hill Junior School in Kingston.

Debbie Thomas

Debbie Thomas

Debbie is the Lead School Improvement Adviser for English across Kingston and Richmond, but she has been a teacher, leader and inspector in a variety of different settings. She works as a part-time Lecturer in Education in Reading for Pleasure for the Open University, working with their schools programme to develop RfP pedagogy and research in schools across the country.

Debbie also loves working as a Regional Associate for CLPE, which is where her love of children's literature is nurtured. She has always enjoyed reading and is now privileged to have a job where she has to read children's books all the time!

Patrick Held

Patrick Held

Patrick has been the Assistant Headteacher at Coombe Hill Junior School for the last 5 years and an upper Key Stage 2 teacher for the 6 before that. He is their IT Manager, video editor and all-round technology enthusiast! He also takes an interest in nature and using outdoor spaces for learning.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown

Matt has held numerous positions in his time at Achieving for Children, where he has worked for almost 10 years. He is currently the Lead School Performance Adviser across Kingston and Richmond schools.

Buzz

Buzz

Part book-worm, part bee, Buzz is always on the lookout for the latest and greatest books. He helps us with a whole range of different things, including our pupil competitions and even has an annual magazine named after him. At the end of the day, he just hopes that everyone will be as buzzed about reading as he is.

"It's been wonderful from start to finish. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I feel a more effective leader of reading as a result. Hopefully, this will be a competition that runs for a very long time. My appreciation and admiration for the organisers couldn't be higher. Thank you."

SCOTT GRIFFIN, BARNES PRIMARY SCHOOL

Scott Griffin