Senior Leadership Team

James Handscombe – Principal

Al Grant - Vice Principal

Al Grant is Vice Principal at Harris Westminster and teaches History. He studied Classics at Oxford University, and while this remains one of his enduring passions, he has mainly taught History and Philosophy. Before joining Harris Westminster he served as Head of Year, Head of History and then Assistant Headteacher at London secondary schools. His love of History encompasses Classical, Early Modern and Modern History. He holds a particular interest in China since the nineteenth century Opium Wars, what he describes as a “something of a roller coaster ride of triumphs and disasters, under the leadership of various spectacularly flawed individuals".

Claire Scott - Vice Principal

Claire Scott is Vice Principal at Harris Westminster and teaches Maths. She has previously been Head of Maths at Harris Greenwich as well as working at schools in Kent and Oxford. Ms Scott studied Economics at UCL, before realising that her love of Maths meant she needed to return to that world. After gaining her degree, she earned a PGCE in Mathematics from Oxford and has never looked back. In her free time, Ms Scott enjoys Pilates, the cinema, and getting lost in a good book. She is also an avid traveller and is currently working her way through countries in Europe having already visited many in the Americas and Asia.

Mark Lloyd – Assistant Principal

Mark Lloyd is Assistant Principal at Harris Westminster and also teaches Biology. He studied Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Durham University before embarking on a career in teaching through the Teach First program. Mark has held a plethora of roles in teaching including Head of Department, Head of Sixth Form, Head of House and Head of Extracurricular. He is a firm believer that education comes not just in the classroom but the opportunities that arise out of it, and takes much enjoyment in aiding students to decide what might happen after sixth form. In his spare time Mark enjoys getting on his bike for tours of different countries, being musical and trying to fit as much sport into his life as possible. 

Kiylee White – Assistant Principal

Kiylee White is Assistant Principal at Harris Westminster and oversees welfare, pastoral support and admissions. Before joining Harris Westminster she was the Director of Sixth Form at Harris Girls Academy but had to leave that position due to a move into the countryside that turned her commute into more of a mission. Prior to her move to London Kiylee worked in the midlands as both a pastoral leader in a mixed academy and as a key worker for a number of projects through a charity that worked with young offenders. You could say that she has certainly graduated many times from the university of life! It is through her work with vulnerable young people that she decided to complete a university accredited person-centred counselling diploma and has used these skills daily ever since. She is passionate about supporting others and uses her own personal experiences to help those around her to develop and grow. In her spare time Kiylee can be found exploring the great outdoors with her pooch, enjoying good food, spending time with her friends and family and trawling antique fairs for anything metallic and pretty.