Derek is the Headteacher of Park House School in Newbury, a mixed 11-18 Converter Academy of 1150 students and former Daily Telegraph National Specialist Sports College of the Year. In 2016 the school was identified by the Minister of State for Education as being placed in the top 100 state schools in the country for continuous improvement in good GCSE results and in 2019, the school became one of the first computing hubs, appointed by the National Centre for Computing Education. Prior to his appointment to the Headship of Park House in 2003, Derek was the Headteacher of Woodcote High School, another Specialist Sports College, in the London Borough of Croydon.
Derek has played a leading role in a wide range of regional, national and international education initiatives. His school’s distinctive use of sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Values to build confidence in learning across the curriculum featured as a case study in the Demos Character Nation Report. In this context, Derek’s ‘values-driven ambition for students’ has been praised by Ofsted as a distinctive feature of his leadership.
As a result of the breadth of his work, Derek was shortlisted for the 2016 Times Education Supplement National Headteacher of the Year Award.