In Conversation with… Garry Ratcliffe

I was extremely excited and felt honoured that Garry Ratcliffe, CEO and Executive Headteacher of The Galaxy Trust (a Multi Academy Trust of 3 Primary Schools in Dartford) agreed to join me for one of our special ‘In Conversation With…’ recordings as part of the celebrations for the LGBTQIA+ Early Years first Awareness Week.  

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Listen to Garry!
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I had first encountered Garry as part of my work with Laura Henry-Allain MBE, supporting her annual ‘My Family Week’; Garry and his family were one of the subjects for Laura’s Family Love Stories, and after listening to it, I was in awe! So I plucked up the courage to approach him and the rest they say, is history.

In our conversation, Garry shared so much of himself, how he met his husband Kyle, why the chose to adopt, all about his children, his work and how he promotes inclusion and diversity in his schools plus how we works with the schools that his children attend.

About Garry Ratcliffe … and his family! 

Garry is the CEO and Executive Headteacher of The Galaxy Trust, a Multi Academy Trust of 3 (soon to be 4!) Primary Schools in Dartford. Having been a Headteacher for 15 years and a teacher for 25 years, he has a passion for improving the lives of all children. “Every child deserves equality of opportunity, whether they are from the most privileged family, or they live in the most deprived conditions. It is my mission to improve life chances for all children within my schools, and within the charities that I support.”

Garry is married to Kyle and they have four amazing children, three of whom have special needs / additional needs and disabilities, not that this any way stops the love, fun, laughter and adventures!

  • Haydn, aged 17 has cerebral palsy and is a full-time wheelchair user and a ‘bit of a computer nerd’. He loves life, never stops talking and every day is a celebration for him.
  • Bella, aged 13 is living with Downs Syndrome and is a complete diva; she loves glitter, loves handbags and also adores Peppa Pig and Horrid Henry.
  • Curtis aka Curly, has just turned 10, which is a miracle in itself as when he arrived into the Ratcliffe family aged just 16 weeks, Garry and Kyle were advised not to get ‘too attached’ as it was unlikely he would reach his first birthday. Curtis is non-verbal and is not able to move much due to his cerebral palsy, but this doesn’t stop him lighting up every room with his smile.
  • Phoebe is 9, going on 15! She is very bright, very articulate, loves horses, getting muddy, slime but loves the excuse to dress up in sparkly dresses and heels!

Kyle is the head of a children’s charity called Curly’s Legacy which provides memory-making holidays for vulnerable families as well as managing Curly’s Farm, a small working farm set in ten acres of gorgeous Kent countryside on the Isle of Sheppey and currently works with a large number of primary and secondary schools, as well as Home Educated children, charities and residential units, enabling that their children and adults to access the farm each week.

Connect with The Ratcliffes! 

Garry Ratcliffe

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