Senior Leadership

Ms Saunders - Headteacher

Ms Saunders has been teaching science for 31 years. She has worked in several local authorities, joined Royal Liberty School as a senior teacher in 2001 and became Headteacher in February 2015. She is passionate about providing the very best opportunities for every student in her care and believes passionately that good education transforms lives.

Ms Saunders is proud to be the Headteacher of Royal Liberty School where every member of the school community works together to create a caring and safe environment to ensure everyone can achieve and celebrate success.

Ms Desmond - Deputy Headteacher

Ms Desmond is an experienced member of the MFL department who has worked at the Royal Liberty School since 2003. She is currently responsible for all aspects of Teaching and Learning and is passionate about equipping students with the skills needed in our rapidly changing world. She works closely with the school’s Careers Leader to ensure students in all year groups are given guidance on the next steps in their education and future careers.

Ms Desmond line manages the English, MFL, geography and history departments and is a keen student of languages.

Mr Raftery - Deputy Headteacher

Mr Raftery is an experienced member of the Senior Leadership Team who joined Royal Liberty in September 2016. He is responsible for attainment and outcomes, interventions, the strategic development of the school timetable and the options process. He line manages the SENDCO, along with the following subjects; maths, science, DT, Business and Computer Science. Mr Raftery works closely with all middle leaders to ensure students achieve their full potential and have positive outcomes.

Ms Stuchfield - Assistant Headteacher

Ms Stuchfield has been teaching for thirty two years at a range of schools in Havering and other London boroughs. She originally joined Royal Liberty School in 2006 as an advanced skills teacher before becoming an Assistant Headteacher leading the Science College Specialism.

She now leads on training, whether that is initial teacher training or continued professional development (CPD). She also strategically plans the use of Pupil Premium funding to support the progress of disadvantaged students.

She continues to love teaching science to the students of Royal Liberty School and celebrating with them their many successes.

Mr Hinnigan - Assistant Headteacher

Mr Hinnigan is the newest member of the Senior Leadership Team who started Royal Liberty School in September 2019. He is currently responsible for safeguarding within the school and is passionate about creating an environment in which students can progress and develop with confidence. He works closely with the pastoral team to ensure that every student receives the best support possible.