Senior Leadership Team

Mr Huntley

Mr Huntley was appointed as Principal of Compass School Southwark in September 2017, having held the position of Head of School at City of London Academy Southwark. Mr Huntley has taught in a range of schools in London since qualifying in 2000.

A Religious Studies specialist, Mr Huntley started his teaching career at Wallington Grammar School (Sutton), before moving on to Ernest Bevin College, an all-boys comprehensive in Tooting. During his 10 years there, he progressed through a range of leadership positions with an emphasis on developing whole-school teaching and learning. He joined City of London Academy in January 2012 as Vice Principal responsible for teaching and learning, then progressed to Senior Vice Principal, then Head of School in April 2016.

Mr Huntley holds a Master’s degree in Education from Roehampton University, a PGCE from Westminster College, Oxford, and an undergraduate Batchelor of Arts Honours degree in Religious Studies and Art from Brunel University.

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Mr David Collins

Mr Collins joined Compass School Southwark in September 2014. He is an experienced teacher and school leader with over fourteen years teaching experience and eight years experience working as a Senior leader in a London Secondary School and Academy. He has shown successful leadership in teaching and learning at both KS4 and KS3, resulting in improved academic outcomes and strong links with community partners. He holds a master’s degree from St Mary’s University, and a PGCE and undergraduate degree in Geography and Economics from the University of Exeter.

Mr Collins has a passion for world development and travel, and for education in London and around the world through work with a school in Colombia. He is also a keen runner.

At the exciting time of growth and excellence for Compass Schools Southwark, he brings with him the energy, enthusiasm and drive to ensure that all people in the Compass Community succeed in all they aspire to achieve.

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Mrs Paula Kennedy

Mrs Kennedy joined Compass in June 2017. She is an experienced teacher and school leader having worked in the state and private sector in and around London. Prior to joining Compass School, Mrs Kennedy spent ten years in Hampshire as a successful school leader developing the curriculum and intervening to enhance student outcomes. She was a Deputy Head at a school in Southampton, part of the leadership team that moved a failing school to ‘Good’ in 13 months. 

As a Science teacher, specialising in Chemistry,  Mrs Kennedy is passionate about Science and other STEM subjects, especially encouraging girls into science. She has worked with WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and has worked closely with the author of a the programme ‘People Like Me’ to develop courses for schools and industry. At Compass, Mrs Kennedy  is keen to build on links with the City and STEM ambassadors to enrich students’ lives and is currently working on a project which will encourage debate and dialogue through STEM subjects to help Compass students have the confidence and skills to apply to our top Universities. 

Mrs Kennedy  has an Honours degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Brighton and completed her PGCE in Science at Kings College, London.  She is currently undertaking a NPQH qualification which provides the professional development to move into Headship. 

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Maggie Selman

Mrs Selman has extensive experience of finance working across commercial, healthcare and education sectors. Prior to joining Compass in August 2017, Maggie was a school business manager for 7 years in a small primary school and had also been a PTA chairperson/Treasurer and a governor/Chairperson for 10 years. 

Mrs Selman’s strength is the setting of prudent budgets at times of financial uncertainty, achieving value for money, while ensuring the core business of teaching and learning flourishes. She also is passionate about having the best learning environment and facilities available to promote the well-being of pupils and staff.

Mrs Selman holds a degree in Business Studies, the ACCA qualification and a certificate and diploma in School Business Management (CSBM and DSBM). Mrs Selman also holds the IOSH Health & safety at work qualification and is a St Johns Ambulance volunteer. You can reach Ms Selman at

Ms Louise Shotton

Miss Shotton graduated from Lancaster University in 1997, completed her PGCE in 1998 and has taught in secondary schools ever since. Over the last 20 years she has taught English, Maths and Art in Manchester, Durham and London. She has experience in lead pastoral roles and has worked directly in the field of inclusion since 2000. She studied part time for a Masters Degree in Education at Durham University.

Prior to starting at Compass in September 2017, Miss Shotton worked for 7 years at Ark Wembley which was a start-up school in 2000. Miss Shotton was one of 19 founding members of staff and established the inclusion provision at the school. Miss Shotton  brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience gained through working in an outstanding school which is part of the highly regarded Ark network. 

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Ms Sarah Milburn

Ms Milburn has been teaching History since 2008 and enjoys every moment of delving into the past with her students. She is eager to continue her own learning of History especially when it is because students themselves have asked for projects that look into their heritage or a unique aspect of a popular historical topic.

Ms Milburn is a Teach First Ambassador and likes to stay up to date with educational policy through the Teach First Ambassador network. She has experience of teaching and leading in a number of different inner-city London schools in roles such as Head of History, Lead for Global Perspectives Research and Head of Humanities. These experiences led her to take on the role of Senior Leader for Communications and Culture at Compass School Southwark to explore leadership on a whole school level across a variety of different subjects such as English, Creative and Performing Arts and the Humanities.

In addition to teaching, Ms Milburn spent three years of her career working outside of schools and in the wider education sector from international development to educational research. This includes her role as an Education Consultant in Uganda for UK based charity PEAS who set up secondary schools in remote parts of Africa. Whilst working as an Education Consultant, PEAS set up eight new schools in Uganda and built their reputation within the Ministry of Education. Following her time in Uganda, Ms Milburn worked with social enterprise Enabling Enterprise as a Senior Associate for Research and Development. This saw her lead on a piece of action research with UBS into soft skill development in Hackney primary and secondary school students and culminated in a publication on Character Education.

Ms Milburn holds an Oxford MA in Modern History after graduating from The University of Oxford in 2008.

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Mr Gareth Jones

Mr Jones joined Compass School in April 2017 as Lead Practitioner for English and is now Senior Leader for Teaching and Learning. He gained a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Southampton in 2009 before being awarded a PGCE in English from Keele University. 

Mr Jones began his teaching career in a large comprehensive school in Tower Hamlets and worked there for five years before moving to Compass School. He has also worked with young people in America, Australia and France and has led teacher development and training projects in Uganda and Rwanda.

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Ms Jessica Hazlewood

Ms Hazlewood joined Compass School at the end of 2018 as Senior Leader of Behaviour for Learning. She qualified as a Geography teacher in 2012 having completed the Teach First Ambassador Programme. She has previously worked in both London and Birmingham schools as a Lead Practitioner and Head of Geography, successfully teaching both GCSE and A-Level students. Prior to teaching, Ms Hazlewood worked with homeless youth in West London and travelled extensively around the world.

Ms Hazlewood holds an undergraduate degree and masters in Geography from King’s College London, whilst her PGCE was awarded by Birmingham City University.

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