Head Teacher

Al Mistrano

Being a teacher is a huge privilege – one that I take very seriously. Teaching and education are as much what I am as what I do and has been a part of my life since I left Philadelphia over 25 years ago. At Bar Hill School I aim to share my passion for education and learning with every member of our community, adult and child alike.

Over the years I’ve gained experience throughout the age range as a post-graduate lecturer, teacher and leader from A-level through GCSE and upper primary children. I’m fascinated by the learning process and enjoy the thrill that comes with developing new approaches to learning. I’m also no stranger to learning – I spent 10 years in higher education as a student in order to secure BA Hons. in Anthropology, BA Hons. in Religion, MA in Middle Eastern History, PhD in Sociology (focus on political history), PGCE with commendation and the NPQH.

My experiences as a senior leader in schools stretch back to 2003 and include a range of responsibilities including, most recently, headship at Etonbury Academy which moved from a time of poor reputation and low standards of achievement to offering high standards and attracting a substantially oversubscribed intake. As a senior leader, I have worked hard to develop strong leadership teams who make principled decisions and who value individual children, their families and their communities. As a father of three beautiful children, I know that parents trust their children to the school every morning and I don’t, nor do my leaders or the teachers they lead, take that trust lightly.

Bar Hill is very lucky to have such a brilliant school in their community – all are welcome to visit to see what makes the school so great!