Our Leadership Team
Our Leadership Team
Headteacher – Julia Low
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Julia Low has a Bachelor of Education Honours degree from Greenwich University. Since gaining her PGCE, Julia has worked for over 30 years teaching in a wide range of schools around South East London and Kent with specialisms across all subjects and key stages. As a former Headteacher of a primary school, Julia gained her National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in 2004.
Julia and Karen, launched The Tutorial Foundation Day School in 2005 to meet the needs of very young students who were unable to remain in Key Stage 1 at Bromley primary schools. The school rapidly grew to accommodate children from Key Stages 2-4 from Bromley, Bexley, Lewisham, Croydon, Southwark, Lambeth and North West Kent.
Julia’s vision is to provide the best possible education for students in her care. She is mindful of the fact that many of the students have previously been poor school attendees or have simply found mainstream school too difficult to cope with. She and her team strive to provide a nurturing environment so that the students want to come to school and ultimately, have an opportunity to improve their life chances.
Assistant Headteacher – Emma Clyde
Emma’s teaching experience began in Hong Kong in the 1990s. After teaching in several language schools in Europe and Asia, she returned to study. Emma has a First Class Honours degree in Social Anthropology and Media & Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she also later gained her PGCE.
Since 2002 Emma has taught in a number of comprehensive schools in South East London and Kent and has delivered a wide range of Humanities and Social Science subjects to GCSE/A Level. Emma has always had a particular interest in the pastoral aspects of education and has run Bullying Awareness Programmes, School Councils and Student Inclusion.
Emma joined the The Tutorial Foundation in 2010 as Lead Teacher for PSHE/Citizenship; she has a Level 3 Counselling qualification, is one of the Deputy DSLs and member of Senior Leadership Team, responsible for Teaching and Learning and Personal Development. Emma enjoys running and is currently trying harder than ever to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Assistant Headteacher – Claire Johnston
Claire has a BA Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Liverpool. She then completed the PGCE at the University of Manchester and moved to London to pursue her career in teaching.
She has worked in mainstream Primary Education in both the London Borough of Lewisham and London Borough of Greenwich, and was a Deputy Head of a large mainstream Primary for 6 years. Claire has also worked alongside The Greenwich Inspectorate team supporting schools in preparation for OFSTED.
Claire has also had experience of working within the STEPs Special Needs inclusion support service for London Borough of Greenwich. She was part of a team of outreach support workers visiting pupils in Primary and carrying out Literacy assessments and writing Literacy support programmes for pupils.
Claire joined The Tutorial Foundation in May 2019 as a member of the English Team and in January 2020 joined the Senior Leadership Team.
She enjoys walks with her whippet, baking, sewing and dancing.
Assistant Headteacher – Sharon Oakes
Sharon has degrees from Durham and Newcastle Universities and a Master of Business Administration from Durham University Business School; she previously worked in industry as a Business Development Manager.
After having three children, she re-trained to teach French and German up to A-level through School-Centered Initial Teacher Training with Bromley Schools Collegiate. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she is responsible for behaviour and teaches Maths and Business to GCSE.