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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. 


Vision statement


The school’s primary purpose is to meet the educational needs of the children who attend it. These are many and varied.

It is important to me that Gearies remains an inclusive school, welcoming all children through our doors, no matter the background.

Our teaching is informed by research, for which we have an international reputation. 


The major outcomes for the school remain:


  1. To be an inclusive school
  2. To be a safe and secure place for all children to thrive in
  3. To remain a school where every child is challenged to do their best
  4. To support vulnerable parents
  5. To teach a broad and balanced curriculum for all children
  6. To ensure that children’s attainment remains higher than both local and national averages, in all subjects
  7. To maintain high staff morale
  8. To support the careers of our staff
  9. To stay true to our agreed strategic priorities
  10. To contribute purposefully to local school improvement

Our challenge ahead as a learning community is to work together, to use our combined knowledge, skills and understanding to work with our professional partners, the local community, including parents and carers, to continue to raise standards. 

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. 








Mr R Drew, OBE

Head Teacher

September 2018