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Headteacher: Chris Woolf (see 'About Mr. Woolf')

Assistant Head (Inclusion): Jennie Smyth

Jennie had her first taste of teaching volunteering with Raleigh International at a school in Ghana. She took up her place at Edinburgh University where she gained a First Class MA (Hons.) in English Literature. At university she was involved in volunteering programmes, as part of 'Edinburgh Global Partnerships' a student led international development charity.

She was keen to pursue a career in teaching, and joined the TeachFirst programme and was placed at Rivers Academy as an English teacher. She completed her PGCE there with Canterbury Christ Church University. Jennie has enjoyed developing her experience in a range of roles at Rivers Academy, part of the Aspirations Trust, before becoming the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), and Associate Assistant Principal where she had SEN leadership responsibilities across 4 schools in the Trust. Jennie completed the National Award for SEN qualification through the Institute of Education, with a focus on literacy support for secondary school students, before joining us in September 2016 as Assistant Head (Inclusion).

When she is not in school, Jennie loves reading, crafting and travelling.

Head of Year 7: Emma Pacey

Emma graduated with a BSc Hons in Human Ecology from Bath Spa University where she also completed a PGCE in Design and Technology.

She started her teaching career at the school she attended as a pupil, Nower Hill High School, where she taught Food Technology for 2 years. She relocated to Walsall, West Midlands, and was promoted to Teacher in Charge of Food Technology and taught for a further 2 years before returning to Nower Hill where she worked for 16 years in roles as Head of Food Technology, Head of Year and Head of Technology Faculty before joining Pinner High School in September 2016 as Head of Year 7.

Emma lives locally with her husband and has 2 young boys who keep her on her toes and up to date with the most recent developments in the world of Lego! Emma is a keen netballer and is a member of the Breezers Netball Club.

Head of Year 8 and Teacher of History: Elizabeth Hindmarsh

Beth graduated with a BA (Hons) in History from Cambridge University specialising in Class, Identity and Politics of Inter-War Britain.

After graduating she became a Head of House at a state school in Northampton, leading on the pastoral development of 150 students from years 7-13. Beth is a TeachFirst Ambassador and completed her History PGCE at The Crest Academies with University College London, Institute of Education (UCL IOE) where she moved into a role driving the provision for the more able and access to University. She then went on to train teachers in Harrow, for TeachFirst, before completing her Masters in 'Education Leadership' in 2016 from UCL IOE. Beth joined Pinner Hgh School in September 2017, as Head of Year 8, leading on the development of her year group and with a focus to bring history to life!

Beth loves to travel and explore different places to find out more about their history, and trying out new recipes from her travels when she gets home!

Head of English: James Allaway

James graduated from The University of Leicester with a BA in English where his interest in war literature and Anglo-Saxon texts convinced him to pursue a teaching career. James trained as a teacher through the Graduate Teacher Programme, embracing the opportunity to instil a love of literature in young people. James has held a range of roles within previous schools, including Literacy Coordinator, Leader of Key Stage 3 English and Assistant Curriculum Leader for English.

James has previously acted as a GCSE examiner, a Local Authority Governor for a Hertfordshire primary school and a Beaver Scout Leader – all of which complement his core beliefs around inclusive and holistic education. Alongside his role at Pinner High, James is currently completing an MSc Educational Leadership with The University of Leicester. When he is not teaching, studying or reading, James can be found walking in the woods with his wife and three young sons. He is thrilled to be at Pinner High School, continuing to build an outstanding department with excellence and a passion for language and literature at its heart.

Head of Maths: Harshini Selvendran

Harshini graduated with a First class BSc Mathematics Degree from the University of Greenwich. She based her dissertation on ‘teaching fractions through games’ which led immediately into teacher training. She trained at the Institute of Education, where she completed her MA in diploma in Mathematics Education. Harshini knows the local area well, as a student at Stag Lane Primary School and Bentley Wood High School and joined us from Canons High School where she worked as a Key Stage 3 Maths Coordinator.

Aside from Maths, her other passion is learning the fine art Bharathanatiyam (South Indian classical dancing) in which she has successfully completed her Grade 8 teaching diploma.

Acting Head of PE: Ryan Surridge

Ryan graduated from Brunel University with a BSc in sports and exercise science before completing his teacher training qualification at the Institute of Education. 

He started his teaching career at Canons High School in Edgware as a PE teacher before moving to Harris Academy Aspire, part of the Harris Federation. There he rose quickly to lead the Physical Education department. He created a successful and well-rounded PE curriculum in a brand new school giving his students access a wide range of sports and physical activities. He was an independent verifier for externally assessed examination marking and was in charge of all vocational courses for Harris Aspire.

Ryan’s enthusiasm for physical education is contagious. At Pinner High School, he has developed an inclusive, safe and enjoyable atmosphere in PE and always aims to provide students with the physical, social and psychological skills to develop their own life-long relationship with sports. Ryan has been a successful youth football coach in the local community and currently plays competitively for a local club in the Middlesex County Leagues. He also has a young son, who takes up the rest of his free time.

Head of Science: Sarah Brown

Sarah is a passionate scientist with a BSc (Hons.) in Marine Biology from the University of Portsmouth.  Whilst a first year undergraduate she worked at the Southampton Oceanography Centre which included a six-week marine research cruise in the North Atlantic. She also studied at Athens University completing research for the Zoology Department.

After some time working in marine research, investment banking and then travelling, Sarah felt the pull of teaching (she is the third generation of her family to teach in Harrow!)  She trained at the Institute of Education as a Science teacher.  Her first school was Nower Hill High School, where she spent 4 years and had responsibility for Gifted and Talented and Special Educational Needs in Science. She organised trips to France, for skiing, and Tanzania, to visit and help build another classroom at a school. She then moved to Cannons High School for 9 years where she held responsibilities for Key Stage 3 Science, Key Stage 5 Science, Pedagogy leader and Grassroots leader. Sarah loves to see her students suitably challenged, gaining in confidence and enjoying their learning.

Sarah lives locally with her husband and has two children who keep her busy with clubs and performances.  In the holidays they all love to travel and visit family, whether skiing in the Alps or camping in Kent.

Teacher of Geography: Jodie Gillard

Jodie graduated with a first class honours degree in BSc Land Management and a MSc in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Reading. She then trained as a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner working in Top 10 Property Consultancies in central London for eight years. However, the calling to become a teacher was too strong and she changed career, completing her PGCE at the Institute of Education, where she has also gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Geography Education. 

Jodie joined us from Rickmansworth School, where she was appointed Head of Geography just after her qualifying year. She had also been a Lead Teacher helping to develop other teachers in the school. 

Jodie knows the local area very well having attended Cannon Lane, Nower Hill and Northwood Schools. She still lives locally in West Harrow. She enjoys reading (mostly about Geography teaching), travelling and trying to keep up with her young son.

Leader of the Autistic Provision: Maran Dhannie

Maran graduated with a BSc Hons in Psychology from the University of East London. He was keen to move into education and work with children who have special educational needs. Maran has trained in supporting students with autism and worked in several special schools, including Phoenix Primary & Secondary School and Priory Lodge School. He has also worked in mainstream schools; as the Deputy SENCo at Rivers Academy West London before joining Pinner High in June 2017.

When not in school Maran loves reading, learning about new places and travelling.

Teacher of Art: Amanda Green

Amanda graduated from The University of Leeds with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting and Printmaking. During this time she also gained her first experience of teaching whilst working as an Art instructor for the charity The Fresh Air fund in New York.  She then went on to complete her PGCE at The UCL Institute of Education.

Amanda joins us from Villiers High School in Southall where she has worked for 14 years building her Art and Design career from NQT through to experienced teacher of A-Level and GCSE. She has had a range of responsibilities during this time including Head of Art; she has worked closely with several London galleries and museums to offer her students opportunities beyond the curriculum. 

Passionate about her subject, Amanda believes that Art is for everyone. She is on an important mission to build confidence in all students that she works with. Her enthusiasm for Art continues outside of the classroom whether it’s sketching, painting, gardening, having woodland adventures or visiting galleries with her family.

Teacher of Drama: Amanda Elliot

Amanda grew up in Pinner and attended Cannon Lane Primary School and Nower Hill High School. She went on to study Performing Arts at Amersham and Wycombe College and then the Central School of Speech and Drama, gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Acting and Musical Theatre, with Distinction. After working professionally for several years, Amanda decided her real passion was for teaching and has worked in education for the last twelve years. Amanda studied Shakespeare and Children’s Literature with the Open University and gained a Bachelor of Arts, with Honours, and has just been graded ‘Outstanding’ when awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). She completed her training at St Clement Danes School as a teacher of Drama, and prior to that taught at Chesham Grammar school.

Amanda also has a great deal of experience teaching and directing for Youth theatre groups and has worked as a LAMDA teacher for several years. She currently runs a Youth Theatre organisation in Rickmansworth and her production of Peter Pan was nominated for the NODA London region Youngstars award last year. Amanda recently directed an open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Rickmansworth Players and enjoys performing with the society (when she has the time!) Her most recent role on stage was as Mrs Cratchitt in Scrooge and prior to that, Maria in The Sound of Music.

Teacher of English: Matthew Knowles

Matthew graduated from The University of Leeds with a BA in Theatre Performance, after which he worked as a writer, composer, musical director and workshop leader in London and across the U.K. A passion for reading and frequent work with young people (including several large-scale arts projects for Children in Need) led him to complete a Graduate Teacher Programme in secondary English with the Cambridge Teaching Partnership. Matthew started his formal teaching career at Ilford Grammar School, where he led on building a new English Department from Year 7 to GCSE. Moving on to Isaac Newton Academy in Seven Kings, he became responsible for the development and delivery of the school’s new KS4 programme, as well as managing resources and digital media for the whole English department before joining Pinner High school in September 2017.

Outside school Matthew still tries to stay involved with the arts: writing, singing and performing when time allows. For the last two years he has been running Summer Schools for Leeds Youth Opera and for 5 years he was Musical Director for a Note-Orious Community Choir in Dulwich. Recently he has been back on the stage in various amateur productions.

Teacher of Humanities: Hannah Lowder

Hannah graduated from Nottingham University with BA Hons in Theology. She then went on to gain QTS at St Marys University and has been teaching ever since. Hannah taught Religious Studies and History at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, Hillingdon and had the responsibility of developing new, inclusive and inspiring schemes of learning for her students. As well as teaching Humanities, Hannah was Deputy Head of Year 9.

Hannah joined Pinner High School in September 2017 using her wealth of experience to immerse herself in the wider community and support every student she encounters leading 'mindfulness' activities providing strong pastoral support.

Hannah is a keen traveller and uses this as an opportunity to further explore different traditions, cultures and religions around the world. She also has a keen interest in the arts and uses many musical and artistic influences in her teaching.

Teacher of Mandarin Chinese: Yen-Chiao Fang

''Yen-Chiao graduated with a BA in English from Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan, where he gained interest to study linguistics and further qualified as a language teacher at a Junior High School in East Asia. Having developed a passion for supporting young people in school, and a desire to see more of the world, he pursued a master degree in Education in Bristol University, UK, where he gained a MEd (Distinction).

After completing his PGCE in MFL Mandarin and EAL at the Institute of Education, Yen-Chiao joined Pinner High School in our opening year where he has enjoyed creating a vibrant and inspiring atmosphere for learning Mandarin through the introduction of the culture and history of China, as well as the Chinese language.

As a linguist, Yenchiao enjoys travelling and learning to speak to the local people and explore the culture in many countries. He is also a big fan of Japan and Korea where he enjoys the food the most!''

Teacher of Maths: Ms Davina Javia

Davina graduated with a BEd in Secondary Mathematics from the University of North London. She has worked at various schools across London during her career which includes thirteen years in the borough of Harrow. Following various leadership positions within the Mathematics department, Davina was accredited with the Advance Teacher Status during her time at Park High School.

This role included; keeping abreast of developments in the Mathematics curriculum, developing engaging schemes of work, supporting new and experienced teachers to develop their classroom practice, leading on training and development and the improvement of teaching and learning within the school and across Harrow. Davina found it rewarding to see a positive impact on the learning of pupils outside her own classroom and maintains a collaborative approach to her classroom practice.

She came to Pinner High School from Canons High School where she taught Maths on a part time basis.

Davina lives in Harrow with her husband and two children. She travelled extensively prior to having children and is looking forward to more adventurous holidays with her family as they approach a more suitable age. She enjoys cooking, reading and occasionally plays chess.

Teacher of Science: Shreena Amrania

Shreena graduated from Queen Mary, University of London, with a BA in Geography where she based her dissertation on the architecture of schools and student identity. Her interest in teaching lead her to join a graduate programme and went on to complete her teacher training in Science at Springwest Academy. Here, she took on the role of KS3 Science Coordinator and taught both Science and Geography.   

Shreena has a keen interest in education and development and spends her time outside of school working for the charity Husti. She is also an avid dancer and enjoys travelling, walking and reading.

Teacher of Spanish: Susana Fernandes


Susana studied at the University of Wales and Portsmouth University when she enjoyed the opportunity to study abroad in Bologna, Italy and another year in Granada, Spain. After graduating in Spanish and Italian Studies, Susana worked for seven years in two multinational companies using her linguistic skills before she completed her PGCE at St. Mary’s University College, London. In 2016, Susana went to work for Nower Hill where she taught Spanish and French as well as conducting Portuguese speaking exams in secondary schools.


After joining PInner High School full time in our opening year, Susana committed to setting up an exciting Spanish curriculum. as well as organising innovative extra curricular events such as "MFL got talent", Spanish Spelling Bee, "Teacher awards"and organised for Army and Royal Air Force representatives to visit the school to promote the importance of languages. She recently enjoyed organising, and leading, a trip to the south of Spain for 40 students. Susana's passion is to bring culture to life in the classroom in a fun environment. She likes miming, using songs, videos, games, pupil led and kinaesthetic activities as well as role plays in her lessons.


During school holidays, Susana enjoys travelling and has recently been to Peru, Colombia and Brazil (her favourite place is Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands) as well as visiting family in Spain and Portugal. She enjoys Latin music and dance, especially flamenco, salsa and merengue and runs a salsa club for students as well as Spanish Film club.

Headteacher's PA: Mary Connolly

Mary has over 10 years experience as a Senior Administrator at a local 'outstanding' school. There she line managed 12 staff, overseeing a range of essential services including admissions, welfare, reception, office functions, publications and reprographics. Mary is a local resident, with a 40 year family association with Pinner. Her son is a former player of Pinner United Football Club. Mary was a parish and district councillor for the Three Rivers District Council and Watford Rural Council. She has recently completed a major building project filmed by the BBC '100k House Tricks of the Trade'. She is significantly overqualified to be a PA!