The Pointer School is part of Dukes Education. Dukes Education is a family of schools and education organisations based in the UK that brings together schools that are diverse in their offering and yet united as outstanding examples of teaching and learning.

As part of Dukes, The Pointer School continues to lead on all decisions and retain its independence. Dukes adds to this the benefit of the collective, providing security and support, a platform for sharing best practice, and the reassurance of a host of all-through education options.

The Governors support and challenge the school leadership team, monitor the quality of teaching and the progress of school improvement, and oversee behaviour and safety. Acting as ‘critical friend’ the Governors do not involve themselves directly in operational matters, which are the responsibility of the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team. The Governors’ role is primarily strategic.

The Dukes education primary office is located at: Dukes House, 58 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AJ. The landline number for the office is +44 (0) 203 696 5300.



Aatif Hassan

Chair of Governors and Founder and Chairman of Dukes Education

Aatif founded Dukes Education in 2015. He is also Chairman of Cavendish Education, a group of 11 schools for pupils with dyslexia and autism; and a trustee of St James Independent Schools. Aatif is also on the board of CReSTeD.

Aatif has a first-class degree in Mathematics and Economics and also had a British Army commission. In 2020, he was awarded the Freedom of City of London for services to education.

Aatif Hassan is the Chairman of The Pointer School Governors and he may be contacted by email on or by calling the Dukes Education office on +44 (0) 203 696 5300.

Professor Mark Bailey

Managing Director of Dukes Education

Prof Mark Bailey was educated at Durham University, where he obtained a first-class degree in Economic History, and then went on to the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded a PhD in History. His academic career between 1986 and 1999 included Fellowships at two Cambridge colleges, lecturing in Medieval History, and spells as an Admissions Tutor and Domus Bursar. In 1999 he became Headmaster of Leeds Grammar School and in 2008 oversaw its merger with Leeds Girls High School. He has been a headteacher for 18 years.

Mark was the 2018-19 James Ford Lecturer in British History at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Fellow of All Souls, Oxford. He previously played rugby for Wasps and England and captained Suffolk at cricket. He was President of Cambridge University RUFC between 2010 and 2018.

Most recently, Mark Bailey was the High Master of St Pauls School in London and is a Visiting Professor of Later Medieval History at the University of East Anglia.

He may be contacted at

Safeguarding Governor

Suzie Longstaff, Safeguarding Governor

Suzie Longstaff is Principal of London Park Schools, an exciting, forward-thinking group of secondary schools that offer a fresh approach to education. Her teaching career spans single sex, co-educational, day and boarding schools including Shiplake College, Kingston Grammar School and Putney High School, where she was Headmistress from 2014-2023.

Before moving into education, Suzie had a successful rowing career, including coxing the British Olympic VIII at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the Cambridge University ‘Goldie’ boat in the 1997 and 1998 Boat Races. Suzie values sport, co-curricular activities, and community involvement as key to a rounded education and crucial in promoting good wellbeing in her students.

She is the school's safeguarding governor, and works closely with our Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead. She can be contacted on or by calling +44(0)20 8161 0305.

Safeguarding Governor