The Steering Group

"For complex children there's no question. You (Cressey) are our preferred provider. You're succeeding with the most challenging children we have. Without going into details, the other schools just can't do what you do."

Head of SEN, a London Local Authority, Nov 2017

 "(Cressey) delivers a wide range of professional development and training ... for aspiring leaders. As a result, highly qualified new leaders have been appointed ... (and the) capacity to secure further improvements is exceptionally strong.“

Ofsted Report, March 2018

The Steering Group

Cressey College (part of the Horizon Group) is an Independent School, and so has a Steering Group rather than a Board of Governors; but the Headteacher has adopted the same rigorous governance standards that are required of state funded schools. 

In accordance with Ofsted requirements and the National Governors Association’s guidelines, the Steering Group has three key functions. These are:

  • holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Members of Cressey College’s Steering Group are:

  • Adrienne Cherrywood, Headteacher of Cressey College
  • Paula Keys, Chief Operating Officer of the Horizon Group
  • Emma Sanderson, Managing Director of Education, Horizon Group
  • Nigel Butcher, Pastor of a local Church
  • Philip Prior, Educational Psychologist
  • A Mensah, Hannets Financial Consultants
  • John Herring, member of Cressey’s leadership team

In addition there are three Associate Members. These are:

  • Amy Creatura and Kitty Clark, Deputy Headteachers of Cressey College
  • Chris Maher, HR & Premises Manager for Cressey College

To see the Steering Group’s Terms of Reference, please click here. To contact the Chair of the Steering Group please email, or call Maria White on 020 8256 0547, or email


“The Steering Group has … significant and relevant expertise in education, accounting and psychology. ... Together with Senior Leaders they make sure that the School continues to grow and flourish successfully ... The Leadership and Management of the School is Outstanding”

Ofsted Report, March 2018