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St Simon Stock Catholic School

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Mr M Wilson - Executive Principal

I have the privilege of being the Executive Principal of St Simon Stock Catholic School and St Gregory’s Catholic School in Tunbridge Wells, two exceptional schools working in close partnership within Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.


Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, I moved to the UK to study a Bachelor of Science (Joint Honours) in Mathematics and Physics at Newcastle University. Before my studies, I taught maths to disadvantaged adults in South Africa and have been driven by the transformational power of education ever since.


After graduating, I joined the prestigious Teach First Programme and was placed in a Catholic school in the London Borough of Greenwich. I taught Maths and Science and held several middle leadership roles before joining the Senior Leadership Team with responsibilities for Initial Teacher Training, Teaching & Learning, Student Voice, Careers and Out of Hours School Learning. As part of this team, I helped the school achieve ‘Outstanding’ status from Ofsted.


In 2013, I was asked by the Education Commission for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark to aid the transformation of an ‘Inadequate’ school in Dover and was seconded to the school as Head of School. After moving the school out of ‘Special Measures’, I became the substantive Headteacher and led the school for a further 4 years before taking up my post as Executive Principal in September 2020.

I have achieved the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) and the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL). I am a member of the leadership group of the national Teach First Headteacher Ambassador Network, Heads Forward, leading on external influence and supporting other headteachers across the country.


I believe passionately in the power of Catholic education to transform lives and am committed to an ambitious, balanced curriculum which provides an education of the whole child allowing students to flourish and experience success in all areas of life.

Our Values

Faith in the presence of God

Concern for the poor and social justice

Quality education

Respect for all persons

Inclusive community

an awareness of the living presence of God in our world, and a calling to see the world through the eyes of faith

a calling to support the poor and victims of injustice, through community service and justice education

to provide an education that is second to none, so that our students will not just contribute to society, but will transform it

that we are all children of God and, as such, at the heart of our education we must respect the dignity of all persons

we respect and value diversity, which means that nobody is left out or left behind, and that we embrace the unique stories and qualities that each of us bring to the world.


Trust Information

St Simon Stock Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.