Newly appointed Principal for NSWL

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our Principal, Tom Cragg starting officially in January 2018, in preparation for the beginning of the secondary phase in September 2018.


Tom studied German and French at Lancaster University, then qualified as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher at the University of Leeds in 1998. He has since spent 18 years working in two outstanding London schools, taking on a wide range of roles and responsibilities.


Tom began his teaching career at St. Mark’s Catholic School in Hounslow, and was quickly promoted to Head of Languages. He spent six years as Head of MFL, but also took on the role of Gifted and Talented lead teacher and in his final year became the school’s first Advanced Skills Teacher in light of his track record of high performance in the classroom.


Tom was a founding leadership team member of Chelsea Academy from 2009 (its inaugural year), which was judged to be outstanding in both 2011 and 2012. Particular achievements as a direct result of his leadership include the Investors in People Gold award, the NACE Challenge Award, and SSAT awards in three separate categories for outstanding performance at GCSE level in August 2016. Most recently, in July 2017, Tom was at the heart of an outstanding Section 48 inspection as line manager of the RE department.


As a long-standing resident of Isleworth, Tom is looking forward immensely to taking on the exciting challenge of leading this all through school and furthering the reputation of Nishkam as an outstanding centre for values-led education and academic excellence, working within the heart of his local community.

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