Rescue Our Schools is run by passionate supporters of high quality education for all.
Madeleine Holt co-founded Rescue our Schools in April 2016, in response to government plans for the forced academisation of state schools. She won the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award for education campaigning in 2019, previously given to Malala, Melissa Benn and Michael Rosen. In her earlier career she was culture correspondent on BBC Newsnight. She makes films about innovative schools through her company, Schools on Screen. She also set up Meet the Parents, a pioneering project in London to encourage families to send their children to local schools. She is a governor at her local secondary school.
David Taylor was headteacher of award-winning Stanley Park High School in Sutton in South London for thirteen years. In that time it became one of the most innovative schools in the country, focusing on project-based learning and a broad curriculum which gave equal weight to vocational opportunities alongside academic studies. David left in 2018 and now runs an international education consultancy. He is currently working to improve provision in Romania.
Magdalena Tomaskova is head of music at a special school and is studying to be a child psychologist. She hails from the Czech republic where she studied classical guitar at the Prague Conservatoire. She went on to study psychology and qualify as a teacher. Magdalena runs London Mums, which has a social media reach of more than 30,000.
Charlotte Wolf is a teacher who worked in an inner-city London school for 12 years. She was involved in schemes to increase literacy and support vulnerable students, such as the MITA project (Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants). She has recently completed a masters degree in Comparative Education, focusing on the impact of neoliberal policies on the inclusion of asylum seekers in the English education system.
Anne Clarke is a Labour councillor in North West London and a governor at her local comprehensive school.