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/or mental health difficulties (SEMH). The Group consists of an all-age day special school, Pupil Referral Units, an adolescent psychiatric unit, an Outreach Team and The Piccolo an Early Years provision. The Group has a national reputation for the quality of the work it does. The school was judged outstanding for the third successive Ofsted inspection in November 16.

John has been awarded an OBE and Honorary Doctorate for services to Special Education, is a National Leader in Education and an Apple Distinguished Educator. John has given evidence on several occasions to the House of Commons Education select committee and has been a member of several DfE working parties. Most recently he was a member of the DfE Independent review of behaviour in schools.

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

New Rush Hall Group
Fencepiece Road


Telephone:     0208 501 3951