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 - Assistant Principal

Claire Scott is Assistant Principal at Harris Westminster and also teaches Maths. She has previously been Head of Maths at Harris Greenwich as well as working at schools in Kent and Oxford. Miss Scott studied Economics at UCL, before coming to realise that she missed the world of Maths too much. After gaining her degree, she earned a PGCE in Mathematics from Oxford and has never looked back. In addition to her love of Maths, Miss Scott enjoys climbing, tennis 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.

Fiona Templeton – Assistant Principal

Fiona Templeton is Assistant Principal, Head of the Humanities Faculty and teaches History at Harris Westminster. She has taught for over six years in a number of schools and also has experience leading and teaching Economics. At school Mrs Templeton studied History, English Literature, Economics and German at A level and studied History at the University of Manchester. She ended up specialising in early medieval and medieval ecclesiastical History and her ultimate History idol is Diarmaid MacCulloch. Her final dissertation focused on using literature as a source in order to assess social trends, in this instance using Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales in assessing the emergence of ‘new anti-clericalism’ in 14th century England. She is a keen reader and is determined to complete the 1001 books to read before you die challenge but is currently stuck on 72. Mrs Templeton is fluent in German having been born and raised there and is interested in German History and how it has been studied and perceived.