Trevor Averre-Beeson

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Trevor Averre-Beeson

Trevor Averre-Beeson (born c. 1961) is a British schoolteacher who in 1996 became the youngest secondary Headteacher in the UK,[1] at the age of 35, when he was appointed Head of Mayfield School, Redbridge, London, a post he held for 7 years.


Averre-Beeson attended Sunbury Grammar School. He obtained a BSc degree in economics at Bradford and a DipEd at Leeds.[2]


A decade earlier, and within a few years of qualifying, Trevor Averre-Beeson had attained a head of year position at the Boswells Comprehensive School, quickly progressing to become the Head of the School's Six form College in 1988. He moved to Islington Green School in 2002. Islington Green had a troubled past. It was the school Tony Blair refused to send his children to despite his public commitment to comprehensive education. It controversially failed its Ofsted inspection in 1997 with many saying the decision was a political one; to excuse the Blair's decision to choose another school.It was also the school that provided students to sing, controversially, on Pink Floyd's album The Wall - adding their voices to the infamous chorus 'We don't need no education'. [3] Nine months after Averre-Beeson joined the school it passed its inspection and the Registered Inspector described him as “Visionary and Transformational” – communicating his effective vision to parents, teachers and students alike. In 2004 Tony Blair’s former speech writer Peter Hyman joined the school and wrote his book One out of ten, comparing Averre-Beeson's leadership style favourably with Blair. Hyman and Averre-Beeson worked together to start the process of Islington Green becoming an Academy in 2008.[4] The decision for the school to become an Academy was instigated by Trevor Averre-Beeson to improve the resources available to the school. Some including the NUT thought there were political considerations. They protested that becoming an Academy meant handing over the power of the school governors to the private city investors. The decision to become an Academy was unsuccessfully resisted.[citation needed]

In 2007 Averre-Beeson was appointed Executive Head of Salisbury School in North London by the private firm Edison Schools, to effect his brand of transformation on the second poorest school in London.[5]

Soon along with his team, he had reduced 200 exclusions to zero, doubled the key exam indicator and set the ground work to successfully pass its OFSTED inspection 5 terms after joining the school. Meanwhile the school had been refurbished in his trademark purple and changed its name to Turin Grove. [6] The school's results improved including English and Maths and in 2009 it had a successful Ofsted inspection.[7] The school later become an Academy and improved its results to 41.5% 5 A*-C inc E&M in 2011 [8]

2007 onwards[edit]

In 2007, Trevor Averre-Beeson was named as one of the top 100 up and coming most influential people in London in the Evening Standard’s Poll and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts [9] In January 2009 Trevor co-founded Lilac Sky Schools with his educational partner and became its Director of Education – broadening his chance to influence education throughout the UK. Trevor is currently CEO of Lilac Sky Schools and the Lilac Sky Academy Trust.

Lilac Sky has worked with over two hundred schools. Lilac currently runs sixteen schools, a mixture of Lilac Sky Trust Academies, schools run on behalf of local authorities where the school has got into serious difficulties. Trevor oversees sixty schools working with over thousand teachers being coached through the Lilac Sky outstanding teachers diploma. This is a programme that improves teachers Ofsted achievement during a ten week programme.

The company has expanded since 2009 from two employees to over four hundred. The work of Lilac Sky schools is entirely based on the Lilac sky strategy developed over the twenty years of Trevor's leadership career. In December 2014 Trevor's first book ‘we don't need no education' (101 ways to transform schools) will be published by GW publishing.

However, in late 2014, Ofsted found Lilac Sky's Tabor Academy to be in special measures, after two years of sponsorship. In an attempt to make the school move up from a satisfactory rating to a outstanding rating , Lilac Sky managed to reduce the rating for the school. They suggested a 100 day plan but that was abruptly ended after the departure of Lilac Sky from Tabor Academy on April 1st 2015.

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  1. ^ Neustatter, Angela "Insider Dealing" The Guardian, Tuesday 15 October 2002 [1]
  2. ^ Wilby, Peter (7 August 2007). "Down to business". The Guardian (London). 
  3. ^ Nick Hampton
  4. ^ Peter Hyman. 1 Out Of 10: From Downing Street Vision To Classroom Reality (paperback), February 2005
  5. ^ Private Management, State School,, September 2008
  6. ^ Edison
  7. ^ "Turin Grove School". BBC News. 15 January 2009. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Nick Hampton

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