Teacher praised by David Cameron named as new King Solomon head


A teacher praised by Prime Minister David Cameron is to be the next head of King Solomon High School in Redbridge.

Matthew Slater, who previously taught at Hasmonean High School and was first deputy head of Yavneh College, will start at the 920-pupil school after Pesach.

As the head teacher of Drapers’ Academy in Havering, he won recognition from Mr Cameron for turning it into the “fastest improving school” in the country.

King Solomon’s co-chairmen Dr Richard Burack and Stephanie Sollosi said that Mr Slater “comes with extensive experience of working in Jewish schools and in bringing about accelerated learning and achievement for students.

“He is extremely focused on growing our school and its associated community and we look forward to working together in propelling King Solomon to new and far-reaching heights.”

He will take over from Dr Paul Doherty, acting head of King Solomon for the past year, who will return to his full-time role at Trinity Catholic High School.

Mr Slater, 45, said that King Solomon had “the potential to become an outstanding educational institution and I will endeavour to make it the school the entire community wants - the governing body and I share a vision for the future success of the school.

“I have had the opportunity to work in a number of amazing schools and outstanding educators in my career, both within and outside the Jewish community. I see this role as the pinnacle of my educational career.”

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