Andy Schofield


Columnist in the Times Educational Supplement from 1990 to 2006.

IMG_9968Column in every edition of Brighton & Hove Albion’s matchday programme for 9 seasons up to 2006.  Proud to be associated with the campaign to save the Albion from oblivion and secure the club’s survival under Dick Knight.awards3

(L) John Baine (aka Attila the Stockbroker) after doing the ‘Archer Out’ rap in a school assembly at Varndean in 2000

(R) Dick Knight, visiting speaker at Varndean Awards in 2000, alongside ex-Varndean student and Albion foward Darren Freeman.  Darren was the most successful manager in Whitehawk FC’s recent history and currently manages Lewes FC

Column for two seasons in the Southend United FC match day programme in the late eighties.

Garden Design

Studied garden design part-time at Plumpton College in under Nigel Phillips FSGD.


Currently Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Winchester and an independent safeguarding consultant. 30+ years in state education, the last 14 as headteacher of two highly inlcusive schools.

Chaired the SSAT’s Academy Principals’ Group from 2009-2012 and sat on the SSAT National Headteachers’ Steering Group from 2002 until 2013. During these years I was a member of Vision 2020, chaired Futures Vision and was involved in contributing to a series of publications by Professor David Hargreaves.  I also spoke widely at conferences in England and abroad, as well as contributing to SSAT leadership programmes.  I led the SSAT Experienced Leaders programme in its final year.

Curriculum Design: disciplined innovation in practice (SSAT, 2008)

System Redesign 3 – Curriculum redesign (SSAT, 2007)

Essential questions for the future school (SSAT, 2006)

Education in Brighton

Between 2003 and 2005 Varndean was closely involved in working to save East Brighton College of Media Arts in Whitehawk from closure.  The campaign sadly failed but not before students had achieved stunning results in its final year under the leadership of the late Karen Lees.

Brighton & Hove loses outspoken Head (Argus June 2008)

Closure of CoMART (TES, 2006)

3 thoughts on “Andy Schofield

  1. As a former governor at Varndean School I saw the wonderful work that Andy did at first hand. He is an inspirational leader and I find it hard to understand how supposedly intelligent people on the governing body at the Wellington Academy have reacted in such a knee jerk fashion. Their mentality seems to me to me more at home in the looking glass world of Premier League football than the real world if educating young people.

    Education is not the same as running a business that is focused on short term profit. It is about building firm foundations based on values of community and aspiring to more that the purely material rewards that so much attention is focused on today.
    Instant success is rarely sustainable, long term success is hard won and takes time.

  2. Good luck in your next adventure. Our children would not be where they are today without your mentoring and guidance so thank you for all you’ve done. You’ve masterminded the creation of such a marvellous place for learning to suit both those who can get great grades and those who never will but can excel in other areas sadly overlooked by the grade chasers.

    This will undoubtedly be the second knee jerk decision the out of touch city types regret but I’m sure the parents and youngsters you lead next will like ours benefit hugely from your special approach.

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