Chief Executive Officer & Executive Headteacher


Simon Harbrow

Simon Harbrow is the CEO and Executive Headteacher of South Essex Academy Trust. He has been a primary school headteacher for the last 20 years of three different primary schools. All schools under his leadership had improved outcomes for pupils and in their OFSTED grades too.

Simon has supported another school specifically on leadership, funded by the National College and in 2013/14 was seconded to Essex Local Education Authority to support vulnerable schools. He is also a National Leader of Education

All of this invaluable experience provides a sound basis on which to develop South Essex Academy Trust.  Since the Trust was formed and in 2018 Westwood Academy achieved an Outstanding Ofsted grade, Parkwood Academy a GOOD grade and Winter Gardens Academy moved out of a category into Requires Improvement.

Simon has also been a Governor at a local Primary school and feeder Secondary school and is currently a governor of a primary school, all adding to the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to lead a vibrant and high achieving Trust and share that success in partnership with other schools.

Firmly believing in developing individuals and enabling them to become more effective Simon is also committed to enabling school to school support.

  • As CEO he is responsible for the day to day operation of the Trust, managing the Central Team.
  • As Executive Headteacher his intention will be to support the substantive Headteacher in their role, assist in the development of staff across the schools and identify ways in which the Trust can facilitate, provide and develop school improvement.
  • He is fully accountable to the Directors.

Contact Simon about the Trust, any of the academies or to initiate conversation about joining this effective Multi-Academy Trust:


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