Karen Hammond
  • The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Ravens Academy
  • Clacton on Sea, Essex

Karen’s exceptional and natural leadership qualities have led to an outstanding transformation at Ravens Academy where Karen has been
Principal since 2014.

When she arrived at the academy it was in Ofsted special measures, and low levels of achievement saw the academy constantly fall below standard. Under Karen’s leadership, the academy has transformed and secured significant improvement in Ofsted performance. Its 2016, academic results placed the academy in the top 20% in the country, and an Outstanding rating for Leadership  during the Ofsted inspection in June 2015.

Behind these figures, Karen’s relentless personal effort to enable every child to reach their full
potential is what really shines through about her leadership. Karen has led this improvement through her vision that everything can be improved, every problem can be overcome and that no child will be allowed to fail.