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Mr Drew has been the Head Teacher at Gearies Primary school since 1997.  He is also currently a National Leader of Education for the Gants Hill Partnership Teaching Alliance.

The school has been graded outstanding in all of their last 4 Ofsted inspections, the latest in October 2014.  He was awarded an OBE for his services to education in 2009, and an honorary doctorate from the University of East London in 2013.  He completed his Masters in Education in 2014 with a distinction, the focus was on distributed leadership.

From 2007 to 2011 he was the Primary Leadership Adviser for Redbridge, working with schools across North East London to develop leadership and succession planning, in the context of the London Leadership Collaborative. 

He currently supports schools in a variety of roles. He is currently a visiting Senior Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Education, the strategic leader in the Gants Hill Partnership Teaching Alliance and the Redbridge Education Partnership. 


Headteacher Vision statement

The school’s primary purpose is to meet the educational needs of the children who attend it. These are many and varied.  Our teaching is informed by educational research, for which we have an international reputation.  The experience of living through a global pandemic has sharpened the focus of the school to embrace clearer aims and priorities.  These are:

  1. The school is an agent of social change
  2. Our curriculum is exciting, relevant and challenging for all children, and reflects the global perspective of our local community
  3. All teaching is inspired, passionate and personalised to meet the needs of all children
  4. School leaders are well-informed, effective and passionate about their areas of responsibility

The children at Gearies are a credit to the community and are dear to us all.  We invest in their futures and relish the opportunity to serve a just society. 




September 2021









Mr R Drew, OBE

Head Teacher

September 2018