Ges Smith is an Executive Headteacher in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. He has worked in and led inner-city schools since he qualified as a Drama teacher from the Institute of Education in the early 1980s.
His career path has encompassed working in mainstream comprehensive schools, an EBD special school and also as a SENCO in a mainstream secondary school. He was part of the original leadership team that set up the Jo Richardson Community School in 2002. The school’s commitment to true inclusion underpins its work and it has received local and national recognition for the pioneering work it has done in regard to inclusion, SEN and addressing issues around serious knife crime and youth violence. Following a series of Good and Outstanding OFSTED inspections, in October 2018, the school won the Pearson Teaching Award for School of the Year – Making a Difference.
Ges has contributed to a range of conferences and training sessions both inside and outside his home borough. He has coached and mentored a range of staff across a number of schools and in February 2018 he took over the Executive Headship of Dagenham Park Church of England School following the departure of the then Headteacher.
Over the past two years, Ges has worked with his LA and a range of external providers to develop a successful range of strategies to support some of the most vulnerable young people in his schools’ communities. At the heart of this work is a commitment to partnership, appropriate training, and parental engagement. This work is ongoing but has already resulted in a radical overhaul of how his schools and other borough schools approach and manage the increasing challenges that serious youth violence presents them with.