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Andy Kemp

Husband, Father, Head and Technology Enthusiast

About Me

Dr Andy Kemp

As an educator I believe it is essential that we all strive to be better. That is true of the students I teach, the staff I lead, and most importantly myself! To achieve this it is essential that people take ownership of their work, and are empowered to take decisions themselves, whilst knowing support is always available.

I've been fortunate to work with teachers and educators across the world through speaking at conferences, designing and delivering INSET for schools, MEI, Texas Instruments and the IBO. I've written for lots of journals and magazines including Mathematics Teaching, Mathematics in Schools, SecEd, Professional Development Today, ICT for Education, Teaching Times and have been interviewed for articles in the Guardian. I've also written revision guides for the IB Mathematics course, published by Texas Instruments and Oxford Study Centre (OSC) as well as contributing a chapter to the Continuum Press book 'Mathematics Education with Digital Technology'.

I believe that technology has the potential to radically impact upon the way we do teaching and learning in schools. The exploration of this potential whether through the use of Computer Algebra Systems, tablets, laptops, mobile devices, VLEs, AI or cloud technologies has formed a constant part of my working life.

I'm always on the lookout for new areas and projects - If you are working on something you think might be of interest to me then get in touch!


National Mathematics and Science College


As Principal I am responsible for all aspects of the strategic, and day to day, leadership of the College.

September 2020 - Present
September 2019 - August 2020

Stephen Perse Foundation

Head of Senior School

As the Head of the Senior School, I am responsible for the strategic, and day to day, leadership of the Senior School, and the almost 600 students within the 11-16 Senior School section of the wider Stephen Perse Foundation.

Wells Cathedral School

Head of Senior School & Vice-Principal

As the Head of the Senior School, I am responsible for the day to day and strategic leadership of the Senior School, and its almost 600 students, within Wells Cathedral School.

September 2016 - August 2019
September 2014 - August 2016

Wells Cathedral School

Deputy Head

As the Deputy Head, I am responsible for the day to day operational running of Wells Cathedral School, including overall strategic leadership of the academic curriculum and its staffing.

Wells Cathedral School

Director of Studies

As the Director of Studies, I was a member of the Senior Team responsible to the Head for the leadership and management of teaching, learning and assessment in the school, including leadership of the academic curriculum and its staffing in the Senior School, and oversight of the curriculum in the whole School.

September 2012 - August 2014
September 2008 - August 2012

Taunton School

Director of Digital Strategy, Head of Mathematics & Timetabler

As Director of Digital Strategy I was responsible for the strategic direction of ICT across the whole school (2-18+).
As Head of Mathematics I oversaw the IGCSE, FSMQ Additional Maths, A- level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and IB Mathematics courses.
As Timetabler I was responsible for the development of the Senior School timetable.
Additionally I was Deputy IB CAS Co-ordinator, and a VIth Form Tutor in a boys’ day house.

Warwick School

Teacher of Mathematics & ICT

In addition to my teaching responsibilities I was also responsible for the Clubs & Societies and the House Activities Programme, which included management of staffing of these activities and co-ordination of the associated budgets. As well as working with the Marketing Department to promote these activities to parents. I was also the Treasurer of the Staff Common Room.

September 2005 - August 2008


MBA (Educational Leadership)

UCL - Institute of Education

2015 - 2017

Leadership, financial management, strategy and marketing.
My dissertation was titled "An Exploration of the Relationship between Distributed Leadership and Job Satisfaction within the Independent School Sector"

EdD in Mathematics Education

Warwick University


Dissertation title was 'A Critical Appraisal of the Differences between High-Stakes Terminal Mathematics Examinations that Require the Use of Computer Algebra Systems and those where this Technology is Prohibited'

MSc in Mathematics Education

Warwick University


Masters degree in the pedagogy and practice of teaching Mathematics.

Dissertation title was 'CAS and its place in Secondary School Mathematics Education'

PGCE in Secondary Mathematics

Warwick University


Enhanced PGCE and teaching practice for teaching Mathematics across KS3/4/5

BSc in Mathematics

Warwick University


Undergraduate Pure Mathematics degree


Some of the organisations and publications I've worked with...


Quotations which reflect my style and approach


My thoughts on some issues...

Developing Student Leadership

I’m currently working on a series of articles for Independent Schools Magazine looking at how we can best develop the leadership potential in the young people in our care. The first article in the series is below, look out for more in the coming months where we will look at how topics like music, drama, […]


Less, More and None (2021)

Back in January 2020 I used the ‘Less, More and None‘ approach to target setting to reflect on what I hoped to achieve in 2020. Below are my targets for 2021 as well as my reflections on how I got on 2020! Less Wasting Time on Rolling News – It’s been too easy this last […]


What can we learn about the use of Technology from #COVID19?

Schools are now around 3 weeks into school closures and different attempts at implementing remote learning strategies. Whilst it’s very much still early days, I think it is reasonable for us to begin to reflect on what we might learn from the experience. I’m privileged to be leading a school which had a well established […]


What is the point of Schools?

There has been so much talk online about how we must learn from these events, how education must change, and how things will never be the same again… And of course we must learn from these tragic events, but the real question is what are we learning? Responses by schools up and down the country […]



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