Speaker
Tony Hartney (cropped)
Tony Hartney
Tony Hartney CBE has been headteacher at Gladesmore Community School in Tottenham since September 1999 having previously worked in London schools throughout his career.  

The school serves a community with high levels of economic disadvantage and the stigma of the riots. Families face numerous challenges and many of the children have low self-esteem. It is a massively oversubscribed, nine form entry, mixed secondary school with a rich diversity of cultures and languages.   

Staff morale is excellent and visitors invariable speak highly of the positive family ethos within the school which is typified by exemplary behaviour, friendly children and an exceptional rapport between pupils and staff. GCSE results have risen year-on-year from 3% gaining 5+ A* to C grades with English and Maths to 68%.

Gladesmore thrives on a family atmosphere where all are encouraged to reach for success. In three successive inspections OfSTED have judged Gladesmore to be ‘outstanding’ in every category and exemplary in these.   

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