John d’Abbro

Co-opted Member

Co-opted Member


John is Head of the New Rush Hall Group, an organisation, that works with children experiencing social emotional and behavioural difficulties. The Group consists of an all-age day special school, 3 Pupil Referral Units, an adolescent psychiatric unit, an Outreach Team and an Early Years provision. The Group has a national reputation for the quality of the work it does and has an outstanding record in Ofsted inspections. Last December the school was again judged as outstanding in all categories. John has been awarded an OBE for services to Special Education, is a National Leader in Education and an Apple Distinguished Educator. John has given evidence to the House of Commons Education select committee, is currently a member of the DfE Alternative Provision Working Party and was selected as the Headteacher for Jamie Oliver’s Dream School TV Series.

In order to maintain a healthy life work balance John cooks, makes things and enjoys mountain climbing.

New Rush Hall Group
Fencepiece Road


Telephone:     0208 501 3951