Mrs Raku began teaching in 2008 as a Teach First teacher in a challenging school in inner city Nottingham. She quickly progressed into Leadership following her NQT year, taking on roles including Whole School Literacy Lead and Second in English.
In 2013, she joined Sir Christopher Hatton Academy as Head of English, and the following year she was designated as an SLE and was appointed Assistant Principal at SCHA. In 2015, she became Senior Assistant Principal with oversight for whole school Teaching & Learning, as well as retaining strategic leadership for English.
In 2016 Mrs Raku was appointed Vice Principal for Pastoral Standards and Student Support at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy. Through a combination of strategic overview, creative, practical solutions and careful monitoring, Mrs Raku ensured that behaviour and student support remained outstanding with fixed term exclusions being reduced by over 70% over two years.
Mrs Raku has a clear understanding of the importance of collaborative strategy, systems and procedure being at the heart of school improvement.
Mrs Raku has experienced 5 Ofsted inspections (3 in a Leadership role). She is currently accredited to facilitate the Olevi Outstanding Teacher Intervention programme (OTP) and has recently completed the Cambridge Effective Classroom Observation course and is a trained Designated Safeguarding Lead.
In 2018 Mrs Raku was appointed Head of School at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy.