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

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!

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 is now in the final year of her MA in Mathematics Education. Harshini knows the local area well, as a student at Stag Lane Primary School and Bentley Wood High School. She is currently Key Stage 3 Maths Coordinator at Canons High School.

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. Harshini is extremely excited about this opportunity and looks forward to building a Maths department that challenges and engages students and makes the transition into secondary school and beyond an accessible and exciting step. 

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. With the birth of his first child, James developed a keen focus on learning which led him to join the Graduate Teacher Programme as an opportunity to instil a love of reading in young people. Following his NQT year, James was promoted to the role of Literacy Coordinator and became Leader of Key Stage 3 English at Francis Coombe Academy where he embedded active participation with a variety of texts into the curriculum. James joins us from The Cavendish School, where he is the Assistant Curriculum Leader for English.

James is also a GCSE examiner, a Local Authority Governor for a Hertfordshire primary school and a Beaver Scout Leader – all roles which complement his core beliefs around inclusive and holistic education. When he is not teaching or reading, James can be found walking in the woods with his wife and three young sons. He is thrilled to be joining Pinner High School and is excited by the prospect of building an outstanding department with excellence and a passion for language and literature at its heart.

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, Pinner, 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. Emma has taught a Nower Hill for the past 16 Years in roles as Head of Food Technology, Head of Year and most recently has Head of Technology Faculty. She was Head of Year 7 when Year 7 was first introduced to Nower Hill. She has thoroughly enjoyed these roles and is looking forward to the next exciting chapter of her career at Pinner High School.

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.

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. She currently has SEN leadership responsibilities across 4 schools in the Aspirations Trust. She completed the National Award for SEN qualification through the Institute of Education with a focus on literacy support for secondary school students.

When she is not in school, Jennie loves reading, crafting and travelling. Jennie is very excited about the inclusive ethos of Pinner High School, leading SEN in the school, and setting up first class provision for students on the ASD spectrum. 

Head of Year 8 and Teacher of History: Ms Elizabeth Hindmarsh

Elizabeth 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. Elizabeth is a TeachFirst Ambassador and completed her History PGCE at The Crest Academies with University College London, Institute of Education (UCL IOE). While there she moved into a role driving the provision for the more able and access to University. She has since been working for TeachFirst, training teachers in Harrow, and last year completed her Masters in Education Leadership from UCL IOE.

Elizabeth 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! She can’t wait to start at Pinner High, lead on the development of her year group and bring history to life!  

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.

Leader of the Autistic Provision: Mr. 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; most recently as the Deputy SENCo at Rivers Academy West London.

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

Teacher of Art: Mrs 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 Science: Ms. 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 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 has come to Pinner High School from Canons High School where she taught Maths on a part time basis. She is looking forward to supporting the Head of Department in developing an engaging and relevant curriculum from KS3 into KS4.

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 Geography: Mrs 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 recently gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Geography Education. 

Jodie joins us from Rickmansworth School, where she was appointed Head of Geography just after her qualifying year. She has 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. Jodie is excited to be joining Pinner High so early in its exciting journey.

Teacher of English: Mr. 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.

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.

Matthew is really thrilled to be joining Pinner High School, and helping to develop an exciting, challenging and successful English curriculum over the coming years. He is also excited about moving to the Pinner area – and possibly getting a garden!