With an 18-year career spanning some of the leading private schools in London and the Home Counties, including Hereward House, Maltman’s Green, Lyonsdown Prep School and, currently Headmaster of Abercorn School, Christopher Hammond has a respected reputation as an experienced educator and leader. He cares passionately about the progress and well-being of all the pupils in his care and the schools they attend.
Christopher Hammond read History at the University of York, before attaining a PGCE from the University of Bristol. He has worked in both the maintained and independent sectors during his career, and taught children from Nursery to A-level. Mr Hammond held a variety of roles before moving to headship, including Head of IT, Head of Games, Director of Studies and Deputy Head. He is also an experienced compliance and educational quality ISI inspector and Designated Safeguarding Lead.
During his 12 years as a senior leader, Christopher Hammond has led on several major strategic development projects, including material changes at several schools and major premises and building developments. He believes that the management of change is key to achieving positive results for schools, their leaders and staff and has developed a range of skills when dealing with both HR policy and structure, complex staff matters and also recruitment challenges. Using a coaching approach, Christopher Hammond has mentored aspirational staff and is proud that several of his mentees are now senior leaders themselves. He has also placed children at a wide range of selective boarding and London’s day schools, developing academic systems and one-to-one interview programmes that prepare children of all abilities to succeed.
Christopher Hammond enjoys supporting schools through the process of change, from communications with key stakeholders and the management of staff through handling major building projects. He also believes that the right approach with challenging HR conversations is key to preventing dissatisfaction when difficult decisions have been reached.