About The Moat School

Educational Aims

Children with dyslexia have difficulty in reading, writing, spelling and sometimes numeracy. They often experience difficulties with time concepts, spatial awareness, physical co-ordination, organisation and social interaction. Without specialist help many dyslexic children fall rapidly behind their peer group; they under-achieve and their prospects in life are severely impaired.

Unsuccessful experiences and results in mainstream schools often mean that a specialist intensive learning environment is the best setting. At The Moat School, we recognise that SpLD learners often face great difficulties closing the gap between their potential and their performance. Therefore, every aspect of the education provided is designed to support pupils whilst they meet the challenge of bridging this gap.

Our aim is that each pupil will:
  • realise their full intellectual and academic potential
  • develop and nurture self-esteem, skills and natural abilities
  • motivate pupils towards independence in learning and everyday life
  • take public examinations and prepare them for further and higher education or vocational training.
To support these aims the Moat School offers:
  • A whole-school approach to learning for pupils aged 11 to 16 years (year groups 7–11)
  • Specialist teaching with highly-trained staff
  • Structured and individual learning programmes
  • Class sizes based on 10 pupils with individual and smaller group teaching as necessary
  • Development of organisational and study skills, and advanced use of Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
  • The National Curriculum and GCSE qualifications
  • A wide range of sporting and extra-curricular activities.

Constable Education Trust

The Moat School was established by a group of parents whose experience of finding suitable secondary education for their own children had proved very difficult. Their belief was that all children and particularly those with extra challenges should have the opportunity of receiving the specialist education they needed, whilst remaining at home with their families.

In 1993 a meeting was held between a group of parents and professionals who were concerned about the lack of educational facilities for secondary aged children whose learning styles made learning in traditional mainstream settings difficult. A committee was formed and research was undertaken in all the elements needed to establish a school. A year later the Constable Educational Trust was formed with four Founding Trustees that included Gerald Shamash and Clive Simnock but it was Ronda Fogel and Louise Eilon who hosted the initial meetings, raised the necessary funds charitably, project managed the sourcing and refurbishing of the school building and later recruited the school’s first teachers and pupils.

It took two years to source suitable premises, eventually through the London Diocesan Board for Schools, and a further two years to negotiate the lease. The Moat School is on a shared site of the former St. Mark’s School in the Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham. The Moat School opened its doors to its first five pupils in September 1998 and is London’s first secondary day school for children with dyslexia and related specific learning difficulties.

The Constable Educational Trust, which has been operating for 19 years, raised over £2 million to-date for the initial capital needs of the school that enabled the refurbishment of the school to be completed, it also helped to finance the running of the school during the first two years of operation. The School has a Governing Council with currently eight member Governors that meets once a term.

The largest proportion of donations were received from individuals whose wish is to remain anonymous. The rest of our sponsors who have made substantial contributions have included; The Charles Wolfson Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust, Save & Prosper Educational Trust Fund, The Linbury Trust (Sainsbury’s), Rabobank International, The Toy Trust, Wingate Charitable Trust, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust, JHK Brunner Children’s Charities, Lloyds TSB Trust, The Worshipful Company of Cooks and Mercers Company Trust; as well as smaller donations from companies, charitable organisations and individuals.

The Constable Educational Trust is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status.
Registered Charity No: 1068445

The Governors

Simon Goldhill

Simon is a solicitor with more than 30 years’ legal market experience, both as a practitioner for over 20 years and then as a developer of legal businesses. He is a proven legal market entrepreneur and successful business builder. He is the founder and CEO of Metamorph Law, building a multi-office nationwide private client and SME legal services business via acquisition, merger and organic growth.
Simon has been a Governor since the first year of the Moat School’s operation, was a previous Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and became the Chairman in 2014. He has three now grown children, one of whom attended the school, so has also had the experience of being a parent at the school. He is also Chair of another education charity, The Kids’ Cookery School.


Faris Aranki

Faris is a Director at Baringa Partners Management Consultancy focusing on supporting utility companies make and implement big strategic decisions. He has been working in the field of Strategy for over 10 years, previously working at FTI Consulting, AT Kearney, EY and Centrica. He is an economist and mathematician by training and started his career working in international education and development. Faris works as a mentor both professionally and personally and is interested in the strategic development of young people on a macro-scale.


Fiona Colquhoun

As a Director of CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution), Fiona is a leading mediator on all types of disputes across a range of sectors including employment, education, organisational and general commercial matters. She is also an ACAS arbitrator, a Henley Business School Executive Coach, and an ICASO adjudicator (Independent Complaints Advisory Service OFSTED). Fiona has her own niche HR consultancy People Matter and works as a consultant, independent assessor and advisor on a broad range of employment and workplace related matters. Her professional background was as a Board level Human Resources Director in the IT and Telecoms industries, and earlier in the NHS. Later appointments were as Personnel Director of Mercury Communications and Group Human Resources of Director of Cable and Wireless plc and ICL plc. Fiona lives in Barnes.

David Moëd

David is a Chartered Accountant with more than 35 years of experience both as a practitioner and entrepreneurial business leader. He has a proven track record in working in several businesses both as an owner and as an adviser in such diverse sectors as food, cabling and music.
He has been a Governor since May 2016 and is a long standing Director and Trustee of the Meningitis Research Foundation. As a father of three grownup children, he is an experienced parent so brings that skill to The Moat School along with his financial acumen.


Colin Athill

Colin is a senior teacher at Miles Coverdale Primary School, currently in the role of Music Coordinator and cover teacher. He is a qualified teacher and holds the BSc Science Technology & Society, from Middlesex University. During his time as a student he worked as a research assistant at (SPRU) Science Policy Research Unit. He also holds a PGCE from Kingston University. Colin is a firm believer that all children can succeed given the right input and support. He is no stranger to education, having spent 20 years and counting as a Key Stage 2 teacher, which has taught him the importance of valuing all individuals, no matter what their starting point. Colin has experience working in three London primary schools; Shaftesbury park, Franciscan Primary School and his present school. He is also a NUT (National Union of Teachers) joint equality officer and regularly supports their many initiatives. Colin lives in West London, is married to Dee and has two daughters and one son. His last two children both attended The Moat School and thrived on the nurturing and supportive atmosphere they experienced during their time there.

Chris Scott

Chris is was appointed Director and Trustee on the Board of The Moat School. In his role as Director and Trustee Chris contributes to the business and commercial strategy and provides a focus into the IT function and roadmap deployed by the trust. A graduate in Consumer Behaviour Chris began his career with Gamma in 2011 and currently holds a role as a consultant with the largest telecoms company in the world NTT. He brings a wealth of knowledge from the IT sector



Peter Mantle

A chartered surveyor who qualified in 1971. He joined the international real estate company Jones Lang Wootton in 1969. Peter became a UK partner in 1979, an international proprietor in 1986 and managing partner in 1994. His experience includes commercial property valuation development and investment work, having advised on many large UK and European regeneration schemes including Canary Wharf and Stockley Park. Peter is currently a governor of the Open University, a trustee of the Harington Scheme and Chairman of Highgate Golf Club. After serving on the original management committee Peter rejoined the Board in November 2004.


John Friel

Having spent nearly 20 years (certainly 15) as a trustee, John has recently retired from Dyslexia Action. He has also been a council member and Chair for the Advisory Centre for Education and a trustee of Moorhouse School and SOS!SEN. He currently advises the Conservative Education Team on Statutory Reform and Special Educational Needs as well as the Right Honourable Vince Cable MP on occasion. John is a barrister-at-law at Gray’s Inn and practices in the area of Education, Special Needs and Community Care, and he has argued many of the leading cases. He also has personal experience, having children with either severe or significant Dyslexia; two of whom attended specialist Primary Schools and he remains very active in the field. Until recently he has been a governor of Moorhouse School. John is also a published author and an employment law specialist. John is married to Melinda Nettleton, and has five children from a previous marriage.


Leadership Team

Moat School Staff-17

Clare King

Level 3 Success with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cert SpLD, PGCE, Business Studies & ICT EMBA, BA (Hons)

Deputy Head
Catherine Marchant

MA, BA Grad Dip Tcha & Lrng, Post. Cert Dysl & Lit

Assistant Headteacher
Matthew Potger

Level 3 Success with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), BA (Hons), PGCE, Post.Cert. Dysl& Lit. (York)

SENCo | DofE Co-ordinator

Charles Pinel

NASENCo, OCR Level 5 Diploma in Teaching with SpLD, MEd, PGCE, BA (Hons)






Head of Design Technology

James Broughton

Level 3 Success with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Postgrad Cert in Dyslexia & Literacy, BA(Hons)

HOD Science

Lucy Brown

Level 3 Success with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Post.Cert. Dysl& Lit. (York),PGCE, BSc (Hons)

Year 5/6 Teacher | Geography

Adam Ford

PGCE, MA (Hons),BA (Hons)


Thomas Grimes

PGCE, BBS Accounting and Finance




Mathematics | Careers Officer

Sunita Magon

Level 3 Success with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), BEd, RSA, Post.Cert. Dysl & Lit. (York)


Alba Fraile

Bsc (Hons),Bsc, PGCE

Head of Department Creative Arts

Philip Mayer

OCR Level 7 Diploma in Teaching with SpLD, PGCE, BA (Hons)

English and Media

Tim Pragnell

Level 3 Success with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I-PGCE, Screening & Support, Accredited Level 3 in Dyslexia Awareness, BA (Hons)

Head of English | Head of Media | Head of Palace House

Mark Quillfeldt

Level 3 Success with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), OCR Level 5 Diploma in Teaching with SpLD, PGCE, BA (Hons),

Faculty Head – Humanities & ICT

Sabina Richardson

Level 3 Success with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), OCR Cert. 5 in SpLD Tchng & Lrng, MA (Hons)

Performing Arts

David Lewis

PSc (Hons), PhD, PGCE

GCSE Music, Piano

Stuart Turnbull

BMus, MMus, PGDip (Royal College)


William Collier


Therapeutic Team

Counsellor / Therapist

Susan Bennett

Level 3 Success with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD),Adv Dip Therapeutic Counselling, Cert Ed, Cert.Int.Counselling, MBACP

Occupational Therapist

Poppy Law

Level 3 Success with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Alert Programme, Occupational Therapy, BSc (Hons)

Speech & Language Therapist

Elizabeth Nimmo

Level 3 Success with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), MRCSLT, MSc in Speech & Language Pathology & Therapy, BA(Hons)


Matthew Green

Dip in Counselling SpLD Level 3, BA (Hons)

Speech & Language Therapist

Alison Hall

BSpPath (Hons), MRCSLT


Support Staff

Head Learning Support Assistant

Melody Carter

OCR Level 3 SpLD

Learning Support Assistant KS3, Exam Officer Assistant

Colwin Bristol

Cert. Level 3 Dyslexia & Literacy (DA), Level 3 Success with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


Alan Drewett


Raffaele Torella


Ester Afaago


Jemima Prah


Admin & Finance Staff

PA to the Headmistress

Amanda Rix

BA (Hons), SpLD level 3


Claudio Comoli

BA (Hons) AAT

Academic Administrator, PA to The Deputy, Examinations Officer

Naki Hondus

BA (Hons)

Marketing Associate

Luke Harris


Pupil Destinations

Moat School Pupils have great success in a large of number of different placement Post-16. Some of the places Moat School pupils have moved on to in the past few years have included;

At these placements, pupils have taken a number of different courses, which include:

BRIT school
Blossom House sixth form
Capel Manor College
Collingham Independent College
Elite Athletes’ Academy
Esher College
Mark College
Plumpton College
Richmond College
Riverston School
William Morris College
St Bede’s College
St Charles College
St David’s College
St Martha’s School
The Charter School
Westminster College

A level Art
A level Classics
A level Computer Aided Design
A level Drama
A level English
A level Film Studies
A level History
A level Mathematics
A level Philosophy and Religion
A level Photography
A level Psychology
A level Sciences
A level Politics

BTEC Art and Design
BTEC Blacksmithing
BTEC Business Studies
BTEC Community Outreach Arts
BTEC Drama
BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Care
BTEC Health and Social Care
BTEC Physical Education
BTEC Carpentry
BTEC Animal Management
BTEC Art and Design
BTEC Technical Drawing
BTEC Motor Mechanics
Level 1 Diploma in Animal Care

School Inspections

The Moat School is subject to regular inspections and in March 2016 ISI rated The Moat School as EXCELLENT in every section relating to teaching and learning, pupils’ welfare and leadership and management.

The ISI report noted The Moat School as ‘Pupils’ achievement is excellent. The School carefully nurtures pupils’ talents and creativity to enable them to flourish, fully in keeping with its aims… Teaching is excellent, grounded in strong relationships and expert knowledge of the needs of each pupil… Pupils’ personal development is excellent, the result of the school’s extremely successful work to fulfil its aims to develop pupils’ self-esteem and to motivate them towards independent learning. As a result, pupils’ behaviour is exemplary… Leadership and management are excellent. The school fully meets its aims because school life is well organised and staff are united in common clear purpose and direction… Pupils show exemplary attitudes, both to the school and to their work and learning. Their behaviour in the classroom responds to the nurturing care provided by staff and fully supports their overall achievement… Teaching is lively and adaptable, and is highly effective in enabling pupils to make rapid progress, fully supporting the aims of the school…Pupils’ spiritual development is excellent. Through the school, the increase in their self-esteem and self-belief is rapid.’

The Moat School is also inspected by CReSTeD, the authority responsible for schools teaching children with dyslexia. In 2014 CReSTeD described The Moat School as a ‘compact and welcoming inner city specialist school. Pupil behaviour is excellent with rapport between staff and pupils firm but friendly. The school is fully supported by the parents who state that the school has worked beyond expectations for their children’s academic and pastoral welfare.’

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Pupil Performance

  • Performance_GraphThis year we congratulate our highest performing pupil for achieving 4 A* grades and 4 A grades
  • A larger percentage of pupils have scored A* – Cs in Maths and Science compared to last year this year
  • The introduction of Performing Arts (a combination of Music and Drama) has proven to have been a success with 78% of pupils achieving A*-C in the subject compared to 0 in Music last year and 68% in Drama
  • As well as Maths and Science; Art, Graphic Products and RMT have all out-performed their last year’s scores
  • A number of pupils gained 10+ grades higher than their MidYIS prediction in Year 9.
    *MidYIS is part of a suite of monitoring systems established by CEM. Part of Durham University, CEM is recognised around the world for its pioneering educational research and school monitoring. MidYIS uniquely measure developed ability – students’ underlying raw learning potential, free of the influence of curriculum-based teaching.