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“Helena was excellent. She listened well but her experience and knowledge gave her authority and independence.”

“Very well led, good communication with the school in terms of the reasons for decisions and ways forward.”

“Helena is a wonderful mix of friendliness and sharp wisdom.”

Feedback from headteachers and reviewers following Challenge Partner reviews led by Helena McVeigh (2014-17).

“I wish express my heartfelt appreciation for the support you [Helena] have given to me in my role as Acting Principal and to the school in general throughout the past year. Your fair and unbiased comments and suggestions have been instrumental in helping us achieve the measure of success we have had this year.”
Principal of Cayman Islands school

“On behalf of the Senior Team of Axton Chase School and Dartford Technology College I should like to thank you [Garry] for your work with us. We not only felt that we had learned a lot but we enjoyed it too.”
Headteacher – following a training session for two schools

“All colleagues spoke positively about the training and your expertise and wisdom were gratefully received.”

Deputy head of London secondary school to Jim McVeigh

“Dear Helena Just a short note to give you some feedback regarding last week’s inspection. Whilst a stressfull two days the experience was overwhelmingly viewed by the staff as positive. Obviously the outcome greatly contributes to this but your team and their challenging yet fair approach meant we all felt listened too and fully involved in the process. As opposed to that old done to feeling! The experience has certainly motivated us all to be even better.”

Headteacher of school inspected in Jan 2015