Leadership at Eltham Hill

Erika Podmore

I am extremely proud to be the 9th Principal of Eltham Hill School. I am passionate about teaching and learning and about the difference that education can make to the lives of young people.

I was born in Lincolnshire, went to a comprehensive school in Sussex and moved to London to do a degree in History at Kings College. After a year of working in an office, I decided that I wanted to make more of a difference in the world and started a PGCE at the Institute of Education. I then discovered the joy of teaching and I have been teaching in Inner London schools since 1990. After completing a diploma in Educational Leadership and then completing my NPQH I recently took up the position of Principal and am looking forward to continuing to teach and learn in this role.

Rebecca Crean

Rebecca Crean
Vice Principal

I came to London to read Spanish and Latin American studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London and stayed after I completed my degree. After a year of teacher training, I went straight into schools and I have been in education ever since! I have previously taught in a Sixth Form College and an international school in Shanghai and I have learnt a lot from these experiences. In addition, I completed my Masters in Education and Professional studies at Kings College London.

I was very excited to become Vice-Principal for Post 16 and Partnerships as I really love working with students as they make their journey from school to University, Apprenticeships or the world of work. I am also extremely proud to be the coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Career-Related programme.

I am passionate about education and believe that everyone has the right to a successful future. I feel we offer this opportunity to all our students at Eltham Hill School.

Victoria Delaney
Vice Principal

I grew up as an avid reader amongst the Lancashire hills and later achieved a BA (Hons) in English. After volunteering with a homeless teens’ charity I discovered I loved working with teenagers and decided to go into teaching.

I completed a PGCE in English at Leicester University and moved to London where I have taught for the past 16 years. I am in the final year of a Masters Degree in Leadership and Innovation in Education and passionately support the school’s vision of excellence, happiness and success for all!

My role is to lead outstanding teaching and learning across the school to ensure that all learners are prepared for life in our increasingly interconnected, global society.  Creativity is at the heart of our teaching and learning strategies and the school is fully equipped with iPads and Apple computers to enable learners to take advantage of 21st-century technologies.  Students’ ideas and perspectives are embraced to create powerful collaborative learning opportunities.  Learning takes place within and beyond the classroom in our student conferences, Skype links with communities across the world and through a rich enrichment programme.  Teachers differentiate skilfully for their learners to ensure all our young people are challenged and able to access their learning.

Noelle O’Kelly
Vice Principal

I read Biochemical Sciences at the University of Ulster and completed a Diploma in Higher Education from Trinity College, Dublin.

I have worked for 20 years as a Science teacher. My passion for teaching led me into Science Consultancy and School Improvement Advisory work for the Royal Borough of Greenwich. I worked to ensure all pupils received an excellent scientific education in every secondary school across the borough.

From advisory work I moved into education leadership. As the Vice Principal for Assessment and Standards, I am committed to ambitious standards for all. Assessment has been at the heart of recent government changes in education and is rightly often described as “an engine that drives student learning.” At Eltham Hill we strive to ensure that assessment is purposeful, rigorous and helpful to all our learners and teachers. This approach allows students to evaluate themselves, to make judgements about their own performance and improve upon it.

My aim is to ensure all pupils achieve success and celebrate their progress during their learning journey at EHS.

Neil Iles
Director of Operations

I have been leading and advising schools and local government organisations across the UK with efficient and effective operational management for 2 decades. My key areas of focus included: educational digital strategy (ICT); data protection (GDPR); implementing efficiency and standard operating procedures; public procurement and contract management. For the last 10 years, I have been involved in various contract and project management roles related to the design and construction of schools across London, including developing premises management and health and safety standards.

As Director of Operations, my role at Eltham Hill School carries overall responsibility for the school finances, human resources, ICT, premises management and building maintenance, 3rd party contracts, catering services, health & safety, and the administrative functions of the school.

I am passionate about supporting Eltham Hill in being able to develop systems and operational practices that demonstrate best value for money aligned to our core aims of Excellence, Happiness and Success. I want to support the Senior Leadership Group in ensuring that every student gets access to the best learning experiences and opportunities. I am a member of the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) and am currently studying a Level Seven Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership run by CIPFA and ISBL.

Maxine Ferguson
Vice Principal

Polly White
Vice Principal

I studied Fine Art at the University of Leeds and went on to work in retail for some years before deciding to put my art skills to better use and to train as a teacher. I completed a PGCE in Fine Art in 2007 at The University of Goldsmiths and have taught in all girls’ comprehensive education since.

 I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead here at Eltham Hill School and work closely with the Inclusion team to ensure the safety and welfare of our children and therefore their academic success.