Simon Jones

Simon Jones

Director of Schools - BSc, PGCE, ACA, BA

  • London, United Kingdom, GB


Experienced Head of Department, Head of Faculty and school lead. Over twenty five years experience successfully working across the Private, Public and currently the Third Sector.

Twelve years in Education - Head of Faculty, Head of Geog, College Lecturer - Teaching in challenging schools in South East London. Consistently judged ‘outstanding’, leading successful and award winning departments and teams. Community and Partnership work recognised and cited as ‘best’ practice nationally, invited to present at Number 10 and the White House.


Four years in the Charity Sector - currently the Schools and Communities Director - For Jimmy Charity. Responsibility for devising and building the school and outreach programme, established a very successful team of 12 staff, securing over 500k in funding and now working with schools across London; including partnerships with Southbank, Royal Festival Hall, UNICEF, London MET and Youth United.

Eight years in Business - Chartered accountant and audit manager - Deloitte & Touche
Responsibility for clients across South West. Audited very wide range of businesses segment and scale. Developed and maintained relationships with clients at middle, senior management, secretarial and director level. Managed and supervised audit teams, including appraisal of audit team members.



Consistently graded Outstanding.


Professional, Accountancy, IT & Strategy

Team Development
Resource Development
 Event Management 
Public Speaking
Community Partnerships

PR & Comms
International Visits

US, India & Europe

Bid Writing 

Work experience

Work experience

Head of Education 

For Jimmy
2014 - Present

Managing and leading a succesfull team of twelve staff, I have developed  and launched the charities school programmes. Working with schools and colleges across London, running Social/Academic Interventions and Community Engagement programmes.

Securing over 300k funding and 200k paid school match funding, worked with 24 schools, organised 22 Community actions - (Programmes each run for 20 days over two terms, a team of seven staff working with 30 pupils).


Partnership with Youth United and Voluntary Police Cadets. Collaboration with South Bank Centre and UNICEF bringing 150 schools from across the country. 

Big Society Award 2014, awarded by PM David Cameron at Number 10
Mayor of London Award 2014

Other Responsibility

Strategic partner relationship development, Press liason, website and marketing strategy, Governance.


Case Studies & Programme Materials

Head of Geography, Head of Humanities Faculty & Community

2009 - 2014

During my five years with Prendergast I managed and led successful Humanities faculty. Redeveloping K3 & 4 Citizenship, RE and PHSE.

Whole school lead, 2012 to 2014, for Community and Partnerships. Responsibility :  building community relationships and partnerships; school marketing and Primary relationships; whole school ethos and behaviour. 

2010 to 2014,  established and led the award winning Young Citizens programme. In 2014 over 200 pupils were actiive Young Citizens within the school; Year 10 led a whole Borough Community & Safety campaign that involved the 15 Secondary Schools and 67 Primary Schools.

The Young Citizens programme nationally recognised as best practice with consultatncy and partnership with : Mayor of London, Prince Charles, Ed Miliband, Michelle Obama, Ed Balls, David Cameron, Ken Livingstone, Baroness Royal, Fabian Society, IPP, Clore, Google, RFO, BiTC, Kings, Queens, Goldsmiths, Greenwich, LSE, UL.


Transformation Trust US Act Inspired Winner 2012
Philip Lawrence National Award Winner 2012
Citizens UK, Citizens School Winner 2011
South London Press Heroes Award 2011
Lewisham Community Champions 2010 & 2011
Merit of Honour Winner 2010
SOLA 2010 Mayor of London
Spirit of London Winner

Young Citizen Ambassadors were invited to Washington (White House), NY, & Florida twice, to share community and citizenship work - I organised, funded and led both pupil visits.


Transition & Work Experience - liaison with schools, FE colleges, and outside agenices.

Residential visits and Year 11 Study & Revsion programme.

Head of Geography

2004 - 2009

Consistently graded ‘Outstanding’ Teacher, including three OFSTEDs 'Outstanding' judgements.

Geography Department results rose from 20% to 63%, subject uptake rose from 15 pupils to 90 pupils in the five years of my tenure.

Redeveloped KS3, KS4 Geography Curriculum - shared as best practice by LEA.

Organised and funded Residential visits Scotland, Wales and across England. Established fieldwork, out of classroom teaching as the norm.
Embedded use of GPS, Google Earth, iPhones, IPads, Video, Photography, & PS3.

Organised and funded 12 residential trips across UK, and over 50 local/London visits.

PHSE and RE KS3 & KS4

Established and developed GCSE Citizenship.

Teach First, support, assessment and supervision. 

Community cohesion & pupil transition within the school.

Web Development

2003 - 2004

Founded Design, photo and web business.

Traded successfully for two years before selling on the business to Jones45.

Experience & Skills :

WEB : HTML5 & CSS3, Bootstrap & MDL PHP, MySQL, phpMyAdmin, (LAMP) Linux servers and networking. Successful Search Engine Optimisation. Testing a website & identifying bugs & technical problems.

PROGRAMMING : C, C#, Perl, Java.

SOCIAL MEDIA :  API’s/interface for Facebook, Google+, Google maps, Twitter, Eventbrite, Paypal, Mailchimp, Survey Monkey.

Design : Adobe Creative Suite.

Editing :Final Cut Pro, Motion, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Production : Video, Digital, Lighting, Sound and recording.

Director & Co-Founder

2001 - 2003

Co-founded BPP Maidstone Ltd. Establishing BPP training centre in Maidstone Kent. The business is still successfully trading - although BPP have been bought out now.

Experience : Property refit, supplier negotiations, staff recruitment & training and launch.

Responsibility : Client relationships, business development and management. IT and Network responsibility 2002-2003.

Lecturer in Business, Strategy and IT

BPP PLC, London
1998 - 2001

Lecturer in Business Strategy, Business Management, Economics, IT Systems and Project management.

Experience : across London, one to one and small group mentoring; Blue Chip clients and lectures to classes of 100.

ICAEW, ICAS, ACCA, CIMA, AAT and CAT qualifications.

Head of Department of Information Technology: Production & publishing, of course materials, e-learning, management of Virtual Learning Environments.

Responsible for client management and business development 

Geography Teacher 

Crofton School, Lewisham
1996 - 1998

Responsibility for KS3, KS4 & KS5

Developed KS3, KS4, A Level resources (used and shared as 'best practice' by local education authority and other schools).

Audit Manager

1994 - 1996

Responsibility for clients across South West. Audited very wide range of businesses segment and scale, Construction, Nuclear Power Stations, ATS, Insurance, small business, authors.

Developed and maintained relationships with clients at middle, senior management, secretarial and director level.

Managed and supervised audit teams, including appraisal of audit team members.

Prepared audit budgets & staffed audit teams.

Reviewed financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Performed consolidation of financial statements for companies in complex groups, in accordance with the IFRS.

Tested the design and implementation of internal control systems in line with the International Standards on Auditing, including understanding and documenting clients accounting processes.

Assessed engagement and control risk including testing of controls.

Specialised towards the end in College and University audits in the Wales and the Marches.

Audit Manager, Chartered Accountant - ACA

1992 - 1994

Trained as ACA Accountant, first time passes in all three years, National Prize winner.An excellent understanding of auditing techniques, and comprehensive knowledge of professional auditing and accounting standards and guidelines.

Experience :  sole traders to large multinationals in financial services, manufacturing, publishing, health and education sectors; South West and Wales; external and internal audit; lead trainer for internal training programmes.

Boat Captain

The John Rennie, Bath
1991 - 1992

ResponsibilIty for restaurant and hotel broad beam boats, London to Bristol. 

Restaurant Manager

The Glass Boat, Bristol
1991 - 1991

ResponsibilIty for restaurant.



Geography Bsc, Honours

University of Exeter
1988 - 1991

Maths, Economics & Geography - A Levels

Bath College Higher Education
1986 - 1988


Ralph Allen Secondary School
1980 - 1986

10 GCSE’s