Senior Leadership Team

 Mr Marcus Huntley

Mr Marcus 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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 Ms Sarah Milburn (Maternity Leave)

Ms Sarah Milburn (Maternity Leave)

Vice Principal

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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 Ms Paula Kennedy

Ms Paula Kennedy

Associate Vice Principal

Mrs Kennedy joined Compass in 2017 and is currently in post as Associate Senior Leader. Mrs Kennedy is highly experienced with over 30 years in education, the last 13 of these in a leadership role.

Mrs Kennedy started her teaching career at Highbury Grove in Islington, subsequently moving out of London and teaching across the South, mainly in Hampshire. On her return to London, Mrs Kennedy was keen to join a vibrant school with high aspirations. She was drawn to Compass because of its commitment to its values and the Enrichment programme.

Mrs Kennedy is a Science Teacher specialising in Chemistry. A lifelong learner, she is currently studying a Masters at The University of East London.

She is a passionate advocate of STEM subjects, especially encouraging girls into science.

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Ms Maggie Selman

Ms Maggie Selman

Director of Business and Operations

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.

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Mr Gareth Jones

Assistant Principal (Curriculum)

Mr Jones joined Compass School as Lead Practitioner for English in 2017 having previously taught in schools in East London and Shropshire. He was awarded his PGCE by Keele University in Staffordshire having previously completed a Bachelor’s Degree in English at the University of Southampton.

Mr Jones has been teaching since 2012 and, outside of school, has worked with children in France, America and Australia and has led teacher development programmes in Rwanda and Uganda.

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 Mr Edd Snoxell

Mr Edd Snoxell

Assistant Principal – Pastoral and Designated Safeguarding Lead

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Ms Bethany Clapham

Ms Bethany Clapham

Assistant Principal (Data and Assessment)

Miss Clapham joined Compass School Southwark in September 2019 as a Senior Leader of Teaching and Learning and Head of Maths. She qualified as a teacher in 2015 having completed a PGCE at the University of Manchester. Miss Clapham has been a Lead Practitioner and has worked in a range of inner London schools. She particularly enjoys working through problems with the pupils, and has seen great success at teaching both GCSE and A Level Maths classes.

Miss Clapham read Law with Spanish at the University of Sheffield, including spending one year studying Law at Granada University, Spain. Upon graduating, Miss Clapham began training as an accountant before realising her passion and making the transition to teaching.

Miss Clapham recently featured in the worldwide campaign 1 Million Women in STEM which serves to challenge the equality gap and promote women in roles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

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Ms Walkey-Williams

Ms Walkey-Williams

Assistant Principal – Community

Ms Walkey-Williams was born and raised in Southwark, completing her degree while working as a features assistant. She completed her PGCE at the Institute of Education, London, working in a diverse range of schools. Prior to working at Compass, she taught English and Media at a large academy trust for three years.

Ms Walkey-Williams joined Compass in September 2015 as a teacher of English and Literacy Lead. She became Leader of English the following year, overseeing some fantastic results before being appointed as Assistant Principal of Community. Coming from our local community, Ms Walkey-Williams is committed to ensuring that all students are able to reach their desired destinations.

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Mr Rory Beard

Mr Rory Beard

Senior Leader of Teaching and Learning

Mr Beard joined Compass School in 2018 as Head of Humanities. After studying Geography at university, he completed his PGCE in the same subject at the Institute of Education in 2012. His passion and wealth of experiences surrounding the subject fueled the results achieved in teaching roles in two central London schools and has equipped him well in the role as Head of Humanities at Compass School.

Alongside this, Mr Beard is responsible for our Higher Prior attaining and is a Senior Leader for Teaching and Learning, overseeing the co-curriculum within the school since January 2021.

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