Trevor Averre-Beeson

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Trevor Averre-Beeson

Trevor Averre-Beeson (born c. 1961) is a British schoolteacher who in 1996 became the youngest secondary Headteacher in the UK,[1] at the age of 35, when he was appointed Head of Mayfield School, Redbridge, London, a post he held for 7 years.[2]

The Lilac Sky Academy Trust website can be accessed at


Averre-Beeson attended Sunbury Grammar School. He obtained a BSc degree in economics at Bradford and a DipEd at Leeds.[3][4]


A decade earlier, and within a few years of qualifying, Trevor Averre-Beeson had attained a head of year position at the Boswells Comprehensive School, quickly progressing to become the Head of the School's Six form College in 1988. He moved to Islington Green School in 2002. Islington Green had a troubled past. It was the school Tony Blair refused to send his children to despite his public commitment to comprehensive education. It controversially failed its Ofsted inspection in 1997 with many saying the decision was a political one; to excuse the Blair's decision to choose another school.It was also the school that provided students to sing, controversially, on Pink Floyd's album The Wall - adding their voices to the infamous chorus 'We don't need no education'.[5]

Visionary and Transformational

Nine months after Averre-Beeson joined the school it passed its inspection and the Registered Inspector described him as "Visionary and Transformational" – communicating his effective vision to parents, teachers and students alike.[6]

In 2004 Tony Blair’s former speech writer Peter Hyman joined the school and wrote his book One out of ten, comparing Averre-Beeson's leadership style favourably with Blair. Hyman and Averre-Beeson worked together to start the process of Islington Green becoming an Academy in 2008.[7] The decision for the school to become an Academy was instigated by Trevor Averre-Beeson to improve the resources available to the school. Some including the NUT thought there were political considerations. They protested that becoming an Academy meant handing over the power of the school governors to the private city investors. The decision to become an Academy was unsuccessfully resisted. [no citations needed here] [8]

In 2007 Averre-Beeson was appointed Executive Head of Salisbury School in North London by the private firm Edison Schools, to effect his brand of transformation on the second poorest school in London.[9]

Soon along with his team, he had reduced 200 exclusions to zero, doubled the key exam indicator and set the ground work to successfully pass its OFSTED inspection 5 terms after joining the school. Meanwhile the school had been refurbished in his trademark purple and changed its name to Turin Grove.[10] The school's results improved including English and Maths and in 2009 it had a successful Ofsted inspection.[11] The school later become an Academy and improved its results to 41.5% 5 A*-C inc E&M in 2011 [12]

2009 Onwards

The company has expanded since 2009 from two employees to over four hundred. The work of Lilac Sky is entirely based on the Lilac sky strategy developed over the twenty years of Trevor's leadership career. In December 2014 Trevor's first book ‘We Don't Need No Education - 101 ways to transform a school’ was published by GW publishing.[13]

Since 2008 Lilac Sk have worked in over 200 schools and have led and managed 8 of these on behalf of local authorities and governing bodies.

With 9 Academies approved in 2013, our aim with each academy has been to sustain genuine improvements in progress and achievement, teaching and learning, pupils' behaviour and overall leadership.

The schools we have worked with have all passed their Ofsted inspections under our leadership and dramatically improved their exam results; they have also seen rapid improvements in their pupils' behaviour, as well as a reduction-to-zero in exclusions.

If you are interested in the developing role and work of Lilac Sky please visit the Academy Trust website at

The Book

This book, by Trevor Averre-Beeson tells the story of Trevor’s time at Islington Green School at the height of New Labour. Former Super Head tells his story of a school’s transformation, from failing to outstanding.


  1. Neustatter, Angela "Insider Dealing" The Guardian, Tuesday 15 October 2002 [1]
  2. Averre-Beeson, Trevor (2014). We Don't Need No Education (First ed.). PG Press. ISBN 9781910563007. 
  3. Wilby, Peter (7 August 2007). "Down to business". The Guardian (London). 
  4. Averre-Beeson, Trevor. We Don't Need No Education (2014 ed.). PG Press. ISBN 9781910563007. 
  5. Winterman, Denise. "Just another brick in the wall?". BBC News. 
  6. Hattersley, Roy. "Islington: the post-Blair years". The Guardian. 
  7. Peter Hyman. 1 Out Of 10: From Downing Street Vision To Classroom Reality (paperback), February 2005
  8. Francis Beckett 2007
  9. Private Management, State School,, September 2008
  10. Edison
  11. "Turin Grove School". BBC News. 15 January 2009. 
  13. Garner, Richard. "Education News". The Independent. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 

External links

Hard times continue at beleaguered academy - news - TES

16 Mar 2012 - Trevor Averre-Beeson, director of education at Lilac Sky Schools, who was head of Islington Green from 2002 to 2007, said it had always ... Can you spot the difference? - magazine article - TES

11 Jan 2008 - You might think that being a teacher would make it easy to identify your own child's special needs. Think again. Trevor Averre-Beeson talks ... People - Article - TES

11 May 2007 - If your school needs urgent improvement, the answer may be the services of super-head Trevor Averre-Beeson, his trusty senior management ... The Conversation: Building school pride - Article - TES

18 Apr 2008 - First-time head Andrew Hutchinson painted his school purple - all part of a strategy to transform its failing reputation. Trevor Averre Beeson ... The Conversation: Motivational speaking - Article - TES

The Conversation: Motivational speaking. Article | Published in TES Newspaper on 27 June 2008 | By: Trevor Averre Beeson ... On the money? - news - TES

1 Jun 2012 - Trevor Averre-Beeson, founder of Lilac Sky Schools - an approved academy sponsor that runs the management of two schools for profit and is ... Don't ask students to quit mucking about – tell them - The TES

2 Jan 2015 - Trevor Averre-Beeson, founder of the Lilac Sky Schools chain of academies, told TES that a characteristically British method of asking ... Teaching on the edge - Features - TES

25 Jun 2010 - Trevor Averre-Beeson, a former headteacher and now director of educational consultancy Lilac Sky Schools, knows only too well how a lesson ... Private US company to profit from running academies ...

14 Nov 2008 - The management team, until today led by Trevor Averre-Beeson, the ... Mr Averre-Beeson said that a business contract and profit incentive ... Who failed Islington Green? - magazine article - TES