Headteacher: Chris Woolf (see 'About Mr. Woolf' below)
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 Pinner United Football Club player. 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!
Colleagues joining the school in September:
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 Science: Sumalani Reddy
Su trained as a Physiotherapist and Science Teacher at Brunel University before starting her teaching career at Sir William Ramsay School in High Wycombe. At this school she built her career from Newly Qualified Teacher to Academic Leader for Years 7 and 8 before becoming Deputy Head and then Head of Science.
Living locally to Pinner High School allows Su to work with the local community. Outside her passion for teaching, Su is keen on staying fit and traveling the world. Su hopes to shape her lessons in a variety of different ways, and where possible use real life examples from her travel escapades and stories as a physio. Su relishes the opportunity to build a highly successful Science department at Pinner High School.
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.
Teacher 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. He comes to Pinner High School to develop an inclusive, safe and enjoyable atmosphere in PE. He 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 new born son, who takes up the rest of his free time.
Teacher of Spanish: Susana Fernandes
Susana studied at the University of Wales as well as Portsmouth University where she had the opportunity to study 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. She successfully completed a PGCE at St. Mary’s University College, London and she has since been teaching Spanish, French and Italian as well as conducting OCR Portuguese speaking exams in secondary schools. Susana likes to teach in the target language, miming, promoting spontaneous speaking, bringing culture to life in the classroom in a fun environment.
During school holidays she likes travelling to Portugal where her family reside. Susana enjoys Latin music and dance, especially flamenco, salsa and merengue. She enjoys travelling, and has recently been to Peru, Colombia and Brazil. Susana will also be teaching at Nower Hill High School in September.
Teacher of Mandarin Chinese: Yen-Chiao Fang
Yen-Chiao graduated from National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan with a BA in English Language before he started his teaching career at a Junior High School in East Asia. He wanted to study further and see more of the world, so completed his Master’s degree at the University of Bristol, where he gained a First Class MEd in Counselling in Education.
Yen-Chiao is keen to introduce the culture and history of China to his classroom, as well as the Chinese language. He is currently completing his PGCE in MFL Mandarin and EAL at the Institute of Education and is very excited to join Pinner High School. With the experience of training in his two successful placements, St Joseph’s College and Putney High School, where both of the schools have strong teams in teaching Mandarin, he aims to create a vibrant and inspiring atmosphere for learning Mandarin at Pinner High School.
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 currently works at St Clement Danes School as a teacher of Drama and prior to that 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 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 is currently teaching Religious Studies and History at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, Hillingdon and has had the responsibility of developing new, inclusive and inspiring schemes of learning for her students. As well as teaching Humanities, Hannah is also Deputy Head of Year 9. This position enables Hannah to further develop her teaching in order to support every student she encounters. She looks forward to contributing to the House system of pastoral support at Pinner High School.
Hannah is a keen traveller 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. Hannah is extremely excited to join Pinner High School and immerse herself in the wider community.