Charlotte Whelan

Charlotte Whelan

Headteacher

Charlotte is Headteacher at Waterside Academy having been there since September 2019. Charlotte was Headteacher at Forest Gate Community School for two years between 2017 and 2019 having joined in 2012 as part of the original team that took the school from RI to outstanding in 18 months.  

Charlotte’s strengths are developing a school culture of high expectations and achievement,  organising teams, pastoral care and student behaviour which contributed to Forest Gate’s success and made her the ideal candidate to lead a school in need of much improvement. On taking on the leadership of Hackney New School, Charlotte has had a dramatic impact on learning and school culture rapidly making it an extraordinary place for students to study and achieve.

Charlotte is a great believer in schools providing a community for families and making sure every single child has opportunities to develop their passion and excel. This principle, Charlotte also applies to staff teams. Developing high quality teachers and support staff, who are able to pursue their passion as part of a supportive community of like-minded professionals ensures that students receive the very best possible educational experience.