Matt Britt
Executive Principal and Facilitator


Matt Britt has been a Headteacher and Principal for over 13 years in a wide range of settings, from semi-rural Kent to a diverse church school in Lewisham, South London.  Matt is currently the Executive Principal of both Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred and Harris Primary Academy Mayflower.  Matt has also worked as a School Improvement Partner and Consultant Leader with the National College for Teaching and Leadership, where he served for 4 years as a member of the National College’s governing council.

Inspirational quote: ‘There is no better learning than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.’ Malcolm X

Role within Harris Federation

Since becoming Principal of Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred in January 2014, Matt has worked hard to improve the quality of teaching and learning in all subjects. In May 2014, this was recognised when the Academy was graded ‘Good’ in all areas. Matt is keen to further develop outstanding practice there and at the new Harris Primary Academy Mayflower, which he opened as Executive Principal in September 2014.

Key achievements

Matt’s biggest achievement prior to coming to Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred, was becoming Head of Canonbury Primary in Islington in 2010 – taking it from ‘Special Measures’ to a ‘Good’ grading within 12 months.  Under Matt’s leadership, Canonbury became one of the first state schools to offer free weekly music tuition and instruments to all Key Stage 2 pupils.

Harris facilitator

Matt delivers training for the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) programme and his advice to all potential graduates is clear: ‘The leadership of effective change for school improvement is never comfortable, always challenging. But with a calm, fair and relentless approach, coupled with a sense of resilience, it always brings about the required result.’

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