Welcome from the Principal

About the Principal, Marta Correia

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Principal Designate, Marta Correia, who will join the APSoL team in April 2020.

Marta has over five years of experience working in bilingual schools and is currently Headteacher at Judith Kerr Primary School in Southwark, another bilingual primary in the City. In her early career, Marta worked as an SLE (specialist leader of education) for the Lambeth Teaching School Alliance where she was able to support schools with various aspects of teaching and learning. In addition, Marta’s experience working in multi-cultural and diverse schools in London and Portugal supported her understanding of best practice in multi-language settings and how children acquire a new language. 

She has a wealth of experience in both teaching and management, having worked at Wyvil Primary as English and Science Lead, Judith Kerr School as Assistant Headteacher and, most recently, as Headteacher since 2016. Under Marta’s leadership, the school has seen three consecutive years of high achievement across the board.

Marta was also instrumental in implementing the conversion of Judith Kerr from an adult learning institution to a primary school, liaising with funding agencies and architects to ensure that the work was completed efficiently whilst also maintaining a stable learning environment for the pupils. As such, she will bring invaluable experience to the remodeling and transformation of the school site as we prepare to open in a building in the west of South Thames College in Wandsworth in September 2020. 

Marta’s specialised experience means that she is ready to deliver the bilingual model that we envision for APSoL by leading subject teachers as they divide the main subjects between English and Portuguese, immersing pupils in both languages and ensuring that all pupils make excellent academic progress in all subjects.

“I am tremendously excited to bring my experience in dual-language teaching to APSoL. At my current school, I manage two curricula for language learning that enable all learners to make good progress. I believe enquiry-based learning is vital when developing inquisitive minds – through thought-provoking questions that are going to enable children to think outside the box, deepen their understanding and become great problem solvers!  I look forward to building an environment of mutual respect and high expectations at APSoL, giving every pupil the ideal opportunity to reach their potential.”