Welcome from Sir Craig Tunstall

I am truly excited to warmly welcome you to the Gipsy Hill Federation website. Our family of schools is an amazing community and the product of the drive, commitment and vision of our parents / carers and our outstanding staff team.

This is a fantastic place at which to learn and work. We have sustained exceptional outcomes across our family of primary schools for a number of years and, with the success of our application to create a brand new outstanding secondary school (Gipsy Hill School), there is the possibility of your child benefitting from seamless transition from Year 6 into Year 7 when they reach that stage of education, and continuing to benefit from a thoroughly outstanding education.

Gipsy Hill Federation schools are utterly committed to transforming lives and further enriching our wonderful community. A mark of the richness, excellence and determination of our community is validated by the Department for Education committing significant sums of money to build and create our new secondary school, Gipsy Hill School. This is a highly significant endorsement of our work as a family of primary schools and the confidence in us to deliver absolute success for our students.

Furthermore, we have received excellent support both from the DfE, Lambeth and Southwark Local Authorities with whom we work very closely, to expand a number of our primary school sites in order to meet huge local demand for places in our high performing schools. For several years we have been designated as a National Support School (NSS), I have held my own designation by the National College of School Leadership as a National Leader of Education (NLE), and we are also designated as a National Teaching School.  All of the schools in our extended partnership benefit from these arrangements and share identical ways of working in relation to core systems and procedures in terms of teaching, learning, curriculum and behaviour management. Our very high expectations are also non-negotiable across each of the schools.

In addition to us achieving several outstanding school inspection judgments, we have also individually and collectively achieved multiple external awards for exemplary provision in areas such as inclusion (meeting the needs of children with a wide variety of learning needs), creative arts, music, science, Early Years provision and in the teaching of literacy. We have an exceptionally strong educational track record and receive visitors from both across the country and from across the world to see at first hand our work - hosting study visits for international Headteachers, Principals and school leaders annually.

I am personally very excited to be at the forefront of leading this fantastic family of schools, as well as having the opportunity to build and create an outstanding secondary school for our community. My team has huge capacity which enables me to provide all the time needed to guarantee that each of our primary schools, as well as the pending Gipsy Hill Secondary School, are all places of excellence and rigour.

Warm regards
Sir Craig Tunstall
Executive Headteacher of Gipsy Hill Federation
Chief Executive Designate of Gipsy Hill School

2002 Craig Tunstall became Head of Kingswood

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