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Ben Paxman

Headteacher: Totley Primary School


BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (1999) Newcastle University.
PGCE (2000) Northumbria University.


Headteacher of Totley Primary School since 2018, having started at the school in 2001 as a classroom teacher.
Over 20 years’ experience in teaching and school leadership. 
Played a pivotal part in Totley's school improvement story, having been part of the leadership team which oversaw the journey from Special Measures to Outstanding, the formation of Mercia Learning Trust and, more recently, the successful expansion from a one to two form entry school.

A track record of high academic outcomes, regularly in the top 5% nationally.


An enabling leadership style with a track record of growing and developing staff successfully at all levels. Committed to partnership working and the importance of developing and maintaining a positive school culture. Passionate about the power of the school community and ensuring that all within it feel a sense of value and belonging.