Tom Sparks

Tom Sparks has been the Principal at Goffs-Churchgate Academy since its inception in 2017. Previously he was Vice Principal at Goffs Academy. Throughout his time at Goffs, he led the school’s highly effective raising achievement work, with his last published Progress 8 data at the school being +0.34.

When Tom started at Goffs-Churchgate he led on implementing rapid change across the school with a focus on high aspirations, a relentless focus on the progress of all students, ensuring that no student is left behind; a no-excuse culture; and high standards of behaviour and respect. As a result, the school has had a remarkable turnaround, with its last published Progress 8 in 2019 at +0.47 and +0.46 in 2022. Alongside over 600 applications for 120 spaces, the school recently received their OFSTED report highlighting the school as Good with Outstanding features.

Tom is also the Trust's School Improvement Lead, supporting other schools in the Trust. He is also a qualified OFSTED Inspector.

Our Parents Say

I’ve been so impressed with Goffs-Churchgate. My daughter is in Year 7 and is really enjoying her time so far, plus she has come on leaps and bounds academically from when she first started. She really enjoys coming to school, which in turn makes us very happy. It’s a fabulous school; well done to all the staff for making this school what it is today.

I am extremely happy with the school. My daughter is doing so well and has achieved a lot in five months. I can say that the discipline procedure is fair and affective and keeps my daughter on track. I would definitely recommend the school to future Year 7.

Great school, managed well. Our child loves it at Goffs-Churchgate.

My daughter is really happy to come to school.

Believing in the kids and not giving up on them.

My daughter felt that the teacher really listened and understood her concerns, so I really appreciate and thank him for that.

I am blown away by the care that is shown (and has always been shown) by Goffs staff to my children.

Our child is thriving as part of the Goffs community.

My daughter is flourishing at Goffs; thanks to all the staff for their dedication.

The Nursery staff have always been amazing with the children.

Throughout the school there are many kind, caring, lovely, easy to speak to staff members.

All children are well-mannered and kind.

Nice, homely, welcoming atmosphere.

Great school and teachers are very caring and do go the extra mile.