Aliki Constantopoulou
Principal and Facilitator


Aliki studied at Kingston-Upon-Thames University where she graduated with a BEd Honours degree in English and Drama. Her first teaching post was in a school which she described as 'a little oasis' just off the Old Kent Road. She became a Lead Literacy Teacher for Southwark Council, supporting other teachers with planning and best practices.  Aliki then moved to Redriff Primary School in Rotherhithe, taking on a variety of roles:  Literacy Coordinator, KS2 Leader, Lead Literacy Coordinator for the Local Authority (LA), Early Years Leader, Assistant Head and finally Deputy Head.

Role within Harris Federation

In September 2010, she joined Malcolm Primary school as the Headteacher. The school joined the Harris Federation in September 2013, and is now known as Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace.

Key achievements

Aliki has faced many challenges in her current role: resistant staff, a difficult governing body, poor teaching and dreadful data. However, her biggest achievement so far is having 100% of her staff say in a recent survey that, “they understood the principal’s vision and felt included in the process”.  This is apparent across the Academy where everyone follows one common goal - to give their pupils the very best possible education they can in a literacy-rich, inspiring and safe environment.

Harris facilitator

Aliki delivers training on the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) programme and thoroughly enjoys it. She loves sharing her experiences, best practice and resources with the participants and answering their burning questions.

Inspirational quote: ‘When [what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine] come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. Perhaps, then, you might gain that rare tranquillity that comes from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution. Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions: knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.’ Jim Collins, From Good to Great