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Liam Cullinan, Head of Secondary School

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  • Liam Cullinan our Head of Secondary School

Liam Cullinan joins us at NAS as Head of the Secondary School.

Liam graduated in 1999 from the University of Brighton and has an MA in Leadership and Education from the University of Cumbria. 

He is currently Deputy Headteacher for  Perry Beeches – The Academy, named Times school of the year 2011/12 and graded as ‘Outstanding’ in 2013 by Ofsted. 

Liam was born in Jersey in the Channel Islands and is the eldest of four boys; he is very proud of his family and the support he has received has allowed him to fulfil his dreams. 

Liam has combined sport with a passion for performing arts and was a regular presenter on hospital radio where he was the voice of the request show. 

He is a highly motivated and enthusiastic education leader, utilising a charismatic and empowering leadership and management approach, he has developed a career leading and managing in schools where creativity, innovation and student success has been his primary focus. 

Liam is a keen sportsman particularly football, this is what drives his team ethos and passion to be the best you can be. His leadership of teams is defined by a well organised context with clarity of expectation, where success is celebrated and failure is challenged and learned from.  He encourages a culture of openness and professional trust; expectations are always clear and measurable.

He is a fair, open and honest individual whose belief is that the success of schools comes from high standards and excellent relationships. This has been secured through teaching, learning and leading a variety of cultures in a range of settings including East London and North Queensland, Australia where he worked in an Indigenous boarding school for a year. 

Described by colleagues as a passionate, caring and child centred practitioner, Liam refuses to accept that there is a ceiling on what can be achieved.  Liam’s work on Teaching and Learning is nationally recognised, he is a representative on The National College for Teaching and Leadership, had his work at Perry Beeches used as an example of ‘Outstanding’ practice on the Ofsted website and he has been asked to speak at many events, including Hibernia College Dublin, Ireland.

The role of Headteacher at NAS is one that excites Liam, having been involved in the opening of new schools he recognises the opportunities and challenges it creates. He is looking forward to joining the innovative team at NAS; to work with a successful international educational establishment is a challenge he says he could not ignore. He will lead NAS to ensure that there is a culture of learning at all levels and to develop the leaders of tomorrow, providing an environment for fulfilling ambition whilst raising aspiration and belief.