Headteacher: Chris Woolf
Chris's first steps as a teacher came at the University of the South Pacific during his gap year in Fiji. This experience gave him a glimpse of a future career, and further voluntary experience in classrooms in Romania and Beirut confirmed this decision. He trained as an English and Drama teacher at Homerton College, University of Cambridge, after graduating from the University of St. Andrews with an MA (Hons.) in English Literature and Language. He was awarded a scholarship to the University of California, Davis, where he twice featured on the Dean's Honour List.
Chris started his teaching career at Mill Hill County High School, Barnet, where he progressed from Newly Qualified Teacher to Head of English and Child Protection Officer. His wanderlust returned, and he moved to Dulwich College Beijing, initially as Head of English, then Deputy Head, and then Head of Senior School. The school was named 'British International School of the Year' in the Independent School Awards whilst he was Head of Senior School.
After five years in Beijing, Chris wanted to return to the UK, and he was appointed Vice Principal: Achievement and Standards at The Bushey Academy, Hertfordshire. The Bushey Academy won SSAT Awards for Educational Outcomes every year he was responsible for progress and standards, and was been used as a case study in school improvement three times over.
Chris lives in Pinner with his wife and two daughters who attend Cannon Lane Primary School. He remembers that he used to go to the theatre and play tennis, and when family commitments allow it, he may one day do so again.
Chris is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a member of the Worshipful Company of Educators, and a Freeman of the City of London. He was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in 2012. He has written for the Times Educational Supplement, 'Sec Ed' Magazine, 'Teach Secondary' magazine, the Harrow Times and 'The Educator' magazine. His blogs have been featured by the New Schools Network. He was a speaker at the Beijing Learning Summit in 2010, the BETT conference at the Excel Arena in January 2017, a New Schools Network panel discussion member at The Academies Show at the NEC in March 2017, and spoke at the 'By Leaders For Leaders' conference in London in 2020. He is a member of the Department for Education Star Chamber Scrutiny Board.
Deputy Headteacher and Teacher of Food Technology: 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. Following this, Emma relocated to Walsall for 2 years, and worked as Teacher in Charge of Food Technology. She then returned to Nower Hill to work in various roles including Head of Food Technology, Head of Year and Head of Technology Faculty. Emma joined Pinner High School in September 2016 as Head of Year 7.
Emma lives locally with her husband and has 2 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.
Deputy Headteacher 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. She 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 of University access for the more able. 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 High 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.
Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of Sociology: Chris Stump
After graduating from The University of Nottingham with a BA (Hons) in Social and Cultural Studies, a gap year abroad confirmed that Chris wanted to dedicate his career to teaching. A PGCE in Secondary Religious Education at Sheffield Hallam University was followed by a role as Teacher of Sociology and Psychology at Eckington School in Sheffield before Chris moved to London to work at Park High School in Stanmore. After three years of leading Sociology and teaching Psychology and Philosophy and Ethics, the opportunity to work in a new school and help set-up a brand new Sixth Form proved irresistible. Chris moved to Jewish Community Secondary School in Barnet as Head of Sociology and undertook the role of Year Learning Coordinator for the inaugural cohort of Sixth Form students. In his 5 years at JCoSS, Chris also led teaching and learning initiatives as an SSAT accredited Lead Practitioner and held sessions for parents on how to support their child’s revision at home. In 2016, the Sociology department was recognised as eighth in the country (second in London) in terms of value-added at A Level.
Most recently based in Vietnam, Chris was Assistant Headteacher at The ABC International School in Ho Chi Minh City from 2017-2020 . As part of this role, Chris oversaw the academic and personal progress of all Sixth Form students and supported them in gaining entry to some of the world’s most prestigious Universities. He is excited to share his experience and expertise with Pinner High School students and cannot wait to assist them in seeing their ambitions realised, whatever they maybe.
In his spare time Chris loves to travel (for food), to walk (to restaurants) and to read (cookery books).
Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of Economics and PE: Thomas Metcalfe
Tom graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BEd Business Education and has a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).
Tom joined us in April 2019 having previously worked in a variety of senior roles across three secondary schools in London including Head of Department at Evelyns Community School, in Hillingdon, for 5 years; Head of Year and Assistant Headteacher with pastoral responsibilities in both Key Stages 3 and at Aylward School, in Enfield, for over 7 years and more recently Deputy Headteacher at Raine’s Foundation School, in Tower Hamlets where he had worked since January 2006.
Head of Operations: Hilary Ford
Hilary studied law at the University of Oxford before working as a commercial solicitor for a large City law firm for 13 years. She then took a career break to look after her three children who are now at Sixth form, Secondary School and Primary School.
Pinner High School, and all that it could and should be for its local community, first captured Hilary’s imagination at a public meeting in 2014. Hilary subsequently applied to be a community governor to help set up the school and later to return to the workplace as Pinner High’s Head of Operations.
Hilary’s aspirations for Pinner High School could not be higher and she is delighted to be part of the team striving to deliver a wonderful school of which we can all be proud.
Finance Director: Claire Tarling
Claire graduated from Hull University in French and German before joining EY and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2000. She worked as a finance professional in various industries including advertising, digital media and publishing before joining Pinner High School in September 2016.
Claire lives locally with her husband and two boys. Both boys attend Pinner High School. When not in school Claire enjoys running, family holidays and reading.
Head of Year 7 and Teacher of PE: Christina Moore
Christina graduated from the University of Bedfordshire in Secondary Physical Education.
Christina joined us in September 2019 from Burnham Park Academy where she worked as Head of Key Stage 3. Christina teaches a number of subjects including Maths, Dance and PSHE with a speciality in PE. Her previous responsibilities included pastoral support where she led Form Tutors and worked cross functionally to support and deliver academic and personal progress. She has previously worked as a Head of House at Upton Court Grammar School
Head of Year 8 and Teacher of PE: Amy Wild
Amy began her teaching career at Copthall Girls School in Mill Hill, London, after gaining her academic qualifications from the University of Liverpool, where she graduated with a BSc Hons in Sport and Exercise Science. She completed her PGCE at the University Wales Institute Cardiff before returning back to England to take up her first teaching post. During her 5 years at the school Amy was responsible for leading the schools Enrichment Programme which included implementation of the Duke of Edinburgh Programme, engaging hundreds of girls in outdoor activities and pursuits whilst leading a very successful PE team.
Amy joined Pinner High School in September 2018 having spent the last 4 years working at The British International School in Hanoi, Vietnam, where she worked as part of the PE department moving into the role of Head of Key Stage 3 in 2015. This role had seen Amy responsible for the pastoral wellbeing and academic development of a wide range of international students with a focus on supporting students for whom English is a second language.
Amy’s interest in sport and physical activity is also evident in her personal life. In her free time she enjoys playing competitive sport and has played both football and netball since childhood. During her time in Vietnam, Amy also found a new passion for triathlons and has been lucky enough to complete two 1/2 Ironman events and hopes to continue training for further events in the U.K!
Head of Year 9 and TEacher of PE: Jason Craig
Jason graduated with a BA Hons in Physical and Sport Education from St. Mary's University College of Twickenham. He then through his previous employment, gained his QTLS whilst teaching various outdoor skills and pursuits.
He started his career in education in 2012 at St Augustine's CE High School in Westminster, working through various support roles before taking up a position of teaching PE in 2015. Jason has since then been involved in teaching several subjects, including Food Technology, Health and Social Care and Child Play Learning Development. In 2018, Jason took on the role of Head of Physical Education, developing the vision and ethos of the department, whilst year on year developing sports day to become more of an inclusive and interactive day. Jason joined Pinner High School in September 2020 as Head of Year 8.
Jason lives locally with his wife and has 2 young daughters who keep him on his toes! Jason is a keen fitness enthusiast, who involves himself with community engagement for a more positive environment when he has free time.
Head of Year 10 and Teacher of Music: Luke Donnelly
Luke graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BMus Hons in Music, and went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary Music and Masters in Education at Birmingham City University. He is currently in the final stages of completing a PhD in Education at the University of Lincoln, researching the support that is offered to Looked After Children in secondary schools.
Before qualifying as a teacher, Luke worked as a brass tutor at a performing arts centre in New York. His first teaching role in the UK was at Catmose College in Oakham, Rutland, where he worked as a Teacher of Music and then Director of Music. Following this, he moved to the West Bridgford School in Nottingham, taking on the role of Head of Performing Arts. For his work in supporting school staff and students, Luke was named the NASUWT Young Member of the Year in 2019. Luke will be joining Pinner High School in September 2021 as Head of Year 10.
In his personal life, Luke enjoys music and theatre, and performs in a number of bands and orchestras.
Head of Year 11 and Teacher of Maths: Kathryn Buchanan
Kat graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering before joining the graduate training programme at Merril Lynch Investment Managers. As part of a City of London initiative she worked as a ‘Maths Partner’ in primary schools in Tower Hamlets, which inspired her to leave the City and retrain as a Maths Teacher.
Kat started as a Maths teacher at Mellow Lane in Hayes before spending 6 years at Park High as a Deputy Head of Year and then Head of PSCHE. She joined Pinner High School in September 2019 from Nower Hill, where she had been Second in Maths and Head of KS4 Mathematics for 7 ½ years. Kat has a passion for education outside the classroom and whilst at Park High set up and ran Activities Week, which saw all students in Years 7 – 9 involved in a variety of trips across the week. She has led numerous trips at Park High and Nower Hill, both day and residential, the highlights being taking 150 students on PGL and a Year 10 trip looking at Renaissance Maths in Florence.
Kat has also been an Examiner for GCSE and A Level Maths since 2015, working for both Edexcel and AQA.
Outside of school Kat is a keen football fan and a begrudging runner. She lives in Pinner with her husband and two children.
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 diploma in Mathematics Education.
Harshini knows the local area well as she was a student at Stag Lane Primary School and Bentley Wood High School, and she 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.
Second in Maths: Priyanka Sribaskaran
Priyanka graduated from University of Bradford with a BEng Hons in Medical Engineering. She then went onto complete her PGCE at Brunel University.
Priyanka joined us in September 2020 as Second in Department. She has previously worked at William Perkin CE High School for the past 3 years.
Aside from teaching Priyanka loves travelling and trying out the local foods on her travel.
Key Stage 3 Maths Coordinator: Laura Copeland
Laura graduated with a First class BSc Mathematics with Secondary Education degree from the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.
Prior to completing her degree Laura had five years’ experience working as a Teaching Assistant at Meadow High School and Haydon School, both in the local area. Laura has also gained teaching experience working in a small Free School and an all-boys Grammar School teaching Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 Mathematics and is enjoying developing her career at Pinner High School.
Aside from teaching Laura enjoys participating in a variety of sports. She plays for a local netball team and is a qualified level 1 assistant gymnastics coach.
Teacher of Maths: Leena Shah
Leena graduated with a BSc Hons in Statistics with Business Management, then worked in insurance companies for many years before completing her teacher training.
She worked at Mill Hill County High School for over 5 years before joining Pinner High School in September 2019.
Leena has two children and loves climbing mountains and playing badminton.
Teacher of Maths: Stefanos Spyrou
Stefan graduated from Hellenic Naval Academy with a BA (Hon) in Naval Engineering. He served for 26 years as a navy officer, specialised in special and submarine operations. He has a PGC in International Relations and he was a submarine commander for many years before becoming NATO Plans Officer for relevant operations in Northwood HQ.
After his retirement from the Armed Forces, having completed two years at Luton airport as on-duty manager for ground operations, he realised that teaching young students is more fulfilling and closer to his new expectations for life. He graduated from Hillingdon SCITT and UCL, getting his PGCE in Mathematics and joined Pinner High School in September 2019.
Outside school, Stefan tries to spend time with his wife recovering time lost during his deployments as an officer and provides private tuition in Maths and Physics to his two children. Very recently since both of them are now University students he started catching up with his old passion: having been a former Greek champion for several years, he spends his free time sailing in Rickmansworth Aquadrome, where he lives.
Teacher of Maths: Jasmine Ali
Jasmine graduated with a BSc in Mathematics from Royal Holloway, University Of London. She then went on to work in private financial services before embarking on a career as teacher, completing her PGCE at St. Mary’s University.
She started her teaching career abroad, working for 5 years in Bangladesh, alongside her charity work there. After returning to the U.K., she once again worked in finance initially but missed working in a classroom, so relocated back to London to complete her PGCE. She had been teaching at a school in Greenford for 7 years before joining Pinner High School in 2021.
Jasmine enjoys spending her free time playing badminton, cycling, and spending many hours on sudoku puzzles and crosswords.
Head of English: Ben Hobbs
Ben graduated with a BA Hons (QTS) in Physical Education and English from The University of Warwick.
After a short career as a Warfare Officer in HM Royal Navy, he started his teaching career at Northolt High School where he taught English, Physical Education and was an Assistant Head of Year. Following this Ben has fulfilled a number of pastoral and curriculum roles including Head of Year, Head of PE and Head of English mainly in Hillingdon Borough. Ben joined Pinner High School in September 2019 as Key Stage 4 Coordinator for English and was promoted to Head of Department in January 2020.
Ben lives locally with his wife and two boys. He is a member of Ruislip Rugby Club and Ickenham Cricket Club and is actively involved in coaching at a variety of levels and still even plays very occasionally! Ben is a strong advocate of Literacy and Sport in young people and has been involved in a number initiatives aimed at getting local children reading and active.
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 was 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 Note-Orious Community Choir in Dulwich. Recently he has been back on the stage in various amateur productions.
Teacher of English: Marie Woolford
Marie achieved a BA Hons in English Literature and Language with a strong focus on both Shakespeare and Children's Literature. Her love of storytelling through young adult fiction means she is full of great recommendations to keep any child's love of reading alive.
She began working in schools in 2011 where she worked with some of the most vulnerable students in the Wembley area to build up their confidence and achieve excellent GCSE results. Joining Pinner High School in 2020 as an English Teacher, Marie is thrilled to have joined a team with such a great sense of community.
She lives in the local area with her family and dog Thor; loves playing Dungeons and Dragons in her spare time and is a trained Mental Health First Aider.
Teacher of English: Julie Tidd
Julie graduated from the University of Brighton with a BA Hons in English Literature and Language and completed a PGCE in English, Media and Drama.
Her teaching career began at Bentley Wood High School as a Teaching Assistant and after completing her PGCE, she joined Alec Reed Academy as an English Teacher for two years. Julie then travelled abroad to Brazil to work at St. Paul’s School in Sao Paulo and from there to The British International School of Cracow in Poland. She returned to London in 2017 where she was an English Teacher at St. Helen’s School in Northwood. Julie joined Pinner High School in September 2020.
Julie lives locally and aside from travelling when she can, she enjoys playing music, reading and cycling.
Teacher of English: Jennifer Bondzie
Jennifer graduates with a BA Joint Hons in Sociology and Criminology from Northampton University. Jennifer also gained her PGCE in English at Brunel University.
Jennifer is a Pastor in a youth ministry, she enjoys interior styling, planning events and spending time with family and friends.
Teacher of English: Max Vendrig
Max graduated with a BA Hons in Film & Communications from Carleton University in Canada, as well as an exchange year studying Media at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
Since 2011, Max has worked in the outdoor adventure industry as a guide and instructor: she has guided rafting expeditions in Canada’s Northwest Territories, taught snow sports in the Japanese Alps, and worked as dive crew in the Poor Knights Islands off New Zealand. In 2017, she shifted into outdoor education for youth, where her key responsibilities were delivering wilderness leadership programs and emotional intelligence learning for international schools in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Max joined Pinner High School in September 2020 as a SCITT participant for English.
Canadian born and raised, Max enjoys ice hockey, maple syrup, and stereotypes about her country.
Teacher of English: Maisie Whiting
Maisie completed her undergraduate BA Hons degree in English Language and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Swansea University. After a year working, she then completed a PGCE in English at UWE Bristol.
She started her teaching career in TESOL, first as a private tutor, specialising in Academic English. Subsequently, she began working as an EFL teacher for Oxford International, during their summer camp programmes for children and young people in 2018 and 2019. Whilst training for her PGCE, Maisie completed a 7 month placement at Kingsdown School in Swindon, as a teacher of English. Maisie is a recent graduate of the PGCE, and is thrilled to be beginning her NQT journey at Pinner High School in September 2021.
Maisie has just recently moved to the London area with her partner. She has a keen interest in amateur dramatics and singing, and loves getting out into nature.
Head of Science: Stefan Clarke
Stefan graduated with a BSc in Chemistry and a BEd in Intermediate and Senior Science Education.
He has experience working as a Key Stage 3 Coordinator, Head of Science and Head of Student Council spanning over 7 years.
Stefan used to work as a materials chemist for Blackberry and met the Queen on her visit.
His hobbies include practical applications of science and technology, reading, running marathons and half marathons, cooking and watching football.
Head of Biology: Lauren Buss
Lauren graduated with a BSc Hons in Biology from The University of Nottingham where she also completed her science PGCE.
Following this, Lauren began her teaching career at Queens' School in Hertfordshire. She then went on to become an Assistant head of House, before taking on the role of Head of Biology. After 5 successful years at Queens', Lauren moved to San Diego where she lived for a year. Since returning back the UK, Lauren is thrilled at the opportunity to develop her career further at Pinner High School.
Lauren is a keen traveller - one of her fondest trips to date involved teaching at a local school in Zambia! She is also a professionally trained dancer, and loves going to see shows in London's West End.
Head of Chemistry: Gillian Munir
Gillian received a BSc (Hons) in Genetics and Microbiology, trained as Secondary School Science Teacher and taught for several years. Ever a lifelong learner, she returned to full time education herself completing a MSc in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering followed by a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, both at UCL. Her research focused on controlling the growth of bone cells on chemically engineered patterns. She returned to teaching in 2016 in a Secondary School setting and continues to lecture at UCL.
Passionate about teaching and research as well as increasing science capital, she splits her time between Pinner High and UCL.
Head of Physics: Tim Miall
Tim studied Mathematics with Engineering at the University of Nottingham. After graduating in 2001, he spent four years working as a Systems Engineer with BAE Systems developing the Typhoon fighter jet. He became a teacher in 2005, completing his PGCE at the University of Oxford.
Before moving to Pinner High, Tim spent 8 years at William Perkin School in Greenford as their Head of Science. William Perkin School opened in 2013 and Tim was part of the start-up team. He therefore has lots of experience developing a school from its infancy. He started his teaching career at Twyford School in Acton where he was KS3 science coordinator and then Head of Physics.
Tim lives locally and has two young boys. He enjoys lots of sports, especially rugby. Don’t be surprised if you see him running through Ruislip Woods! He was also part of an expedition to Antarctica in 2010 with an organisation called the Fuchs Foundation.
Teacher of Science and Professional Mentor: 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 Science: Sajinthini Yogenthiran
Sajinthini graduated with a BSc Hons in Biological Sciences from Roehampton University. She completed a PGCE in Secondary Education from Brunel University. She is completing her NQT year in Pinner High School and joined us in September 2020. She has also worked in Harrow High and Beaconsfield High School whilst completing her training.
Sajinthini lives locally with her parents and loves to travel the world.
Teacher of Science/Deputy Head of Sixth Form: Victoria Bruck
Victoria studied Medicine at Keele University. She graduated with a BSc in Applied Medical Science after deciding to leave medical school to pursue a career in teaching. After working as a Teaching Assistant for a year at Pinner High School, she completed her teacher training with Hillingdon SCITT whist gaining a PGCE from Brunel University.
Victoria loves painting, reading and practicing yoga in her spare time.
Teacher of Science: Fatima Naqvi
Fatima graduated from the University of Reading with a BSc in Biomedical in Sciences. She then competed her PGCE in Science at Goldsmiths University and joined Pinner High School in 2020.
In Fatima’s time outside of school, she likes to stay fit and socialise with friends and family.
Teacher of Science: Sukaina Hussein
After graduating with a BSc in Optometry from City University London, Sukaina worked for five years in the optical industry, promoting the educational, professional and personal development of her colleagues. Subsequently she completed a PGCE in Science at the University of Hertfordshire.
Sukaina is thrilled to teach at Pinner High School and to bring to life Pinner High School’s motto ‘Inspiring Learning’. Sukaina has a great appreciation for the way the science national curriculum links to practical applications of science outside the classroom.
Sukaina lives locally with her husband and loves travelling. She is undecided which is her favourite destination as there are still many places she would like to visit. In her spare time she enjoys networking and socialising with friends and family and playing netball.
Teacher of Science: Dorothy Withers
Dorothy qualified with BSc Biology from Swansea University. She then stayed in Swansea working for ‘Breakout Adventure’ charity, running outdoor activities with disadvantaged young people and adults coasteering and open canoeing on rivers. She moved back to Harrow and worked as a teaching assistant at Hatch End High School before deciding that she wanted to teach. She completed her PGCE at The Institute of Education and then worked at Queensmead School, where she became key stage coordinator. She had a break to travel the world - highlights of the trip were seeing Orangutans in the wild in Borneo and seeing the large Redwoods in California. When she came back to the UK she worked at St Helen's before moving to The Purcell School, where she has been for the last 8 years.
Dorothy lives in Harrow with her young family who keep her busy. They love going on family cycle rides and going on adventures to new places - seasides are a real favourite. When she has spare time she likes to be creative, making new things and upcycling. She also enjoys gardening and growing her own fruit and vegetables - with mixed success!
Head of Computer Science and Whole School IT: Rakhee Jotangia
Rakhee completed her BSc Multimedia Computing at the University of Glamorgan and PGCE at the Institute of Education. Her first placement was in Camden and the second at an international school in Bangkok. Rakhee started her teaching career as an ICT teacher at Haydon School, where she worked for nine years. During this time, Rakhee made the transition from ICT to Computing and Maths, progressing to Head of KS5 ICT and Computing, successfully leading her students to excellent exam results.
Rakhee joined Pinner High School in September 2017 as Teacher of Computer Science, where she enjoyed undertaking the various roles of being both a Form Tutor and class teacher. In September 2018, Rakhee took on a pastoral role of Head of Year 7 whilst continuing to teach Computer Science.
From September 2020 Rakhee has moved into the academic role of Head of Computer Science and Whole School IT and is excited to be leading a team of both teaching and support staff to ensure Pinner High’s Computer Science and IT provisions are at their best.
Outside of school, Rakhee enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading and training for triathlons.
Teacher of Computer Science: Sairah Khan
Sairah graduated with a BA in Computing and Education before going on to complete her PGCE at Kings College, London.
She started her teaching career at John F Kennedy Catholic School in Hemel Hempstead, was there for 10 years teaching Computing and Maths. Sairah went on to work at Haydon School and started at Pinner High School in September 2020.
Sairah enjoys trying out new recipes, especially cakes. During the holidays, she volunteers with different charities and is a black belt in martial arts.
Head of History: Victoria Bloss
Vicky graduated with a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Nottingham, specialising in political and cultural modern British history and identity.
After graduation, Vicky worked as a paralegal in a city law firm where she gained an informative insight into court proceedings. Keen to pursue her love of History, Vicky went on to complete her PGCE at UCL Institute of Education, where she was awarded a distinction in teaching practice. After working in two inner city London comprehensives, she moved to Pinner High School.
Vicky embarked on a five and half month solo travel trip around Asia, where she was fortunate enough to experience a wide range of culture and traditions that she wants to bring into the classroom through historical enquiry.
Teacher of History: Rebecca Nelson
Rebecca attended the University of York where she graduated with a BA in History and a MA in Modern history; specialising in transnational history and contemporary international politics.
After graduating, Rebecca joined Wembley High Technology College as the Year Leader for Year 13 where she played an integral part in the functioning of one of the country’s most successful sixth forms. After one year, Rebecca moved into the position of History teacher, in which she completed a PGCE through Ark Teacher training scheme and Goldsmiths University of London alongside her teaching responsibilities. After three years in this position, Rebecca was thrilled to join Pinner High School in September 2021.
In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys playing strategic board games, cooking and reading. She also enjoys travelling – particularly to places with beautiful coral reefs for snorkelling – in order to explore different foods, cultures and, of course, to find out more about the local history.
Teacher of History: Humera Dehzad
Humera graduated with a BA (Hons) in History, from Queen Mary University of London, where she focused her dissertation on the impacts of post-war propaganda on the increased rates of marriage. She then graduated from Hillingdon SCITT and UCL, getting her PGCE in History.
After working at an inner-city London federated school for two years, Humera is looking forward to be moving to Pinner High school in September 2021.
Outside of work, Humera enjoys cooking and experimenting with new recipes.
Head 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 joined us from Villiers High School in Southall where she worked for 14 years building her Art and Design career from NQT through to experienced teacher of A-Level and GCSE. She had a range of responsibilities during this time including Head of Art, and 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.
Head of Design and Technology: Seetal Arrowsmith
Seetal graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BEd in Design & Technology and has dedicated her working life to teaching Design & Technology, a subject about which she is extremely passionate.
Having worked at Quintin Kynaston School in Central London for 4 years and Haydon School in Hillingdon for 10 years, Pinner High is Seetal’s 3rd school in her 15 year career- 1 year was spent exploring the world with a backpack!
Seetal is passionate about helping children unleash and maximise their creative potential. Her enthusiasm for the creative continues in her home life where she is constantly bringing to life the imaginations of her 3 young boys, be it building rocket ships and robots or digitally illustrating made up stories.
Seetal lives locally with her family and enjoys working and educating in a community she grew up in.
Teacher of DT: Ayesha Munir
Ayesha Studied at London South Bank University and graduated with a BSc Hons in Industrial Design. She then further studied a PGCE in Design Technology with her main specialism being Resistant Materials.
Ayesha started teaching in a school in Ealing and spent 12 years teaching Design Technology. Here she was a teacher mentor as well as the Second in Charge of the D&T department. Ayesha started at Pinner High School in September 2019 after moving into the area with her family.
Ayesha lives close to the school with her husband and three girls. Ayesha loves to bake and create new recipes. She is also passionate about interior design and is always finding new ways to decorate her home.
Teacher of Food Technology: Elizabeth Stephenson
Elizabeth graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc (Hons) in Physical Education, Sports Science and Geography before completing her PGCE there also. Elizabeth represented Loughborough Students for hockey and has three British Universities champions medals from the 1980s proudly tucked away at home.
She moved to London and taught PE at Hatch End High School for thirteen years, securing the Head of Department role at the age of 23.
Elizabeth eventually became a full-time mum and enjoyed an extended career break before returning to Secondary education as a Teaching Assistant at Pinner High School in 2018. She was delighted to accept a teaching role teaching Food Technology in September 2019 and combines it with helping coach several school netball and athletics teams, and being an enthusiastic form tutor.
Elizabeth and her husband have three grown up children who attended local schools and have all inherited her twin passions of sport and cooking.
Elizabeth’s other main hobbies are travelling to new countries and volunteering at major sporting events in London. She continues to work for the RFU at Twickenham on rugby match days, and is delighted to have been offered the job of looking after the ball boys and girls at Wembley for the Euro Football Championships (hopefully now to be held in 2021).
Head of Geography: Philip Smith
Philip graduated from University West of England Bristol in Humanities.
Philip joined us in September 2019 from Queen’s School where he had worked as Teacher of Geography since 2016, responsible for A level Physical Geography and intervention strategies for level 7-9 GCSE students. He has held various appointments over his 25 year teaching career, including Head of Geography at St John’s Senior School, Enfield.
Teacher of Geography: Tasneem Walji
Tasneem studied her PGCE at UCL, Institute of Education and completed her placements in two neighbouring outstanding schools. Tasneem contributed to a journal article on the future of Geography which was published for the Geographical Association and had the opportunity to be an AQA examiner.
Tasneem joined Pinner High School in September 2018 after graduating with a degree in BA Geography at King’s College London where she also completed her dissertation on the effects of student debt on the new generation.
Outside of work she thoroughly enjoys learning languages, travelling abroad and spending time with her family and friends.
Teacher of Geography: Zaynah Bhatti
Zaynah graduated with a BSc in Human and Physical Geography from the University of Reading, where she completed her dissertation on the consumption of alternative diets in the UK.
She started her teaching career at Pinner High School soon after, and completed her placements in contrasting schools in and around London.
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 to 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 PRE & PCSHE: Helen Stern
Helen graduated from Kings College after studying Religion, Philosophy and Ethics and later went on to study for her Masters, graduating from the University of Cambridge.
Helen joined us in September 2019 from Hatch End High School where she worked as Head of Religion and Ethics and PCSHE Coordinator for the last 3 years and previously held an acting Head of RE role at Knights Templar School in Hertfordshire.
Special Educational Needs Coordinator: Hannah Lowder
Hannah graduated from Nottingham University with BA Hons in Theology. She then went on to gain QTS at St Mary's University and has been teaching ever since. Hannah taught Religious Studies and History at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, 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 2016 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.
Inclusion Manager: 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 and 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.
Head of Economics: Yasmin Burhan
Yasmin graduated from Sheffield Hallam University where she completed a PGCE in Business Education. She started her teaching career working in a special measures school in Sheffield and was part of a successful team in turning the school’s performance around.
Before moving to London, Yasmin worked with vulnerable primary children and their families as a Learning Mentor, Education Welfare Officer and Home School Link Worker. She supported them to deal with emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties so that they could access education and integrate more effectively to do well at school. This has given her a wealth of experience which she applies to her day to day teaching in the classroom.
Yasmin is also an A Level examiner and has taught Business for 13 years and Economics for 4 years both in Secondary and Further Education.
In her spare time, she likes cycling, swimming and cooking. She joined Pinner High School in September 2018.
Teacher of Economics: Sonal Patel
Sonal is a passionate teacher of Economics; describing it as a fascinating and dynamic subject which explores a diverse range of issues affecting society, from housing bubbles to global inequality. Sonal graduated with a BSc in Economics from City University, London and has a special interest in economic development. She completed an MSc in Globalisation and Development, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
Sonal has spent many years teaching Economics in a variety of contexts. Seven of these have included A-level, two of these teaching GCSE, and most recently the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Sonal’s first teaching post was at Watford Grammar school for Boys where she enjoyed challenging students academically and facilitating extra-curricular engagement in the subject. Most recently, Sonal taught in two international schools in Shanghai, China, which she describes as a priceless experience in which she was able to learn first-hand about China’s unique role in the global economy and unprecedented development experience, which she feels has enriched students’ learning and which brings the subject to life!
Outside of education, Sonal enjoys live music events and being out in nature, hiking and travel and tries to combine these when possible to learn about different cultures.
Head of MFL: Kirsten Daley
Kirsten graduated from Southampton University with a 2:1 BA Combined honours in Iberian and Latin American Studies.
Kirsten joined us in April 2019 from Haydon School where she worked as Head of MFL managing a faculty that offered four foreign languages to A level including Mandarin since 2017 but had worked in the school as Head of Spanish since 2004.
Teacher of Spanish: Priscilla Hylton
Priscilla fell in love with languages at the age of 11 when she was taught by an inspiring MFL teacher. Thus with a love for languages and teaching, combining the two made perfect sense. Her love for teaching, learning new languages and travelling has given her opportunities to teach in Marseille, Paris, Mexico and South Korea.
Priscilla completed her PGCE in French and Spanish at the University of Reading. Over an 8-year period, she then went on to produce consistently great GCSE results in French and Spanish in special measures schools, private schools and outstanding comprehensive schools alike. Priscilla then returned to the University of Reading to begin her Masters in Education, part time, in September 2017. She joined Pinner High School in September 2018, and completed her Masters September 2019. Completing her Masters in Education reminded her that anything is possible, if you put your mind to it - something she hopes to continue to pass on to her students.
When she is not teaching, Priscilla enjoys spending time with her family & friends. She also enjoys cooking, baking, travelling, learning more languages, eating out and fitness. This has led to her completing a 5K & 10K Cancer Research Race for Life, London Duathalon and a Half Marathon in the last 5 years.
Teacher of Spanish: Una Vandra-Sen
Una joined Pinner High School in September 2019 as a Spanish Teacher having spent the last 5 years working at Brentford School for Girls in the MFL department. Una graduated with a BA (Hons) French and Spanish with Management from the University of Hull.
She had her first taste of teaching in Chile where she taught university students English. Prior to her PGCE at the UCL IOE she taught EAL at a school in Brixton and various English language schools. Una also has a keen interest in international development and has worked in India for Raleigh International and in Switzerland at the World Conservation Union.
In her free time she enjoys travelling, cooking and spending time with her family.
Teacher of Spanish: Caroline Shaw Fernandez
Caroline graduated from the University of Bristol with a BA in Spanish and Italian, after which she decided to move to Spain to teach English to undergraduates at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. Following this, she moved to Madrid and became a KS2 primary school teacher at Alegra British School for two and a half years.
After completing her PGCE whilst teaching in Madrid, she felt encouraged to move back to the U.K. to complete her QTS in secondary, teaching Spanish at John Hampden Grammar School in High Wycombe. She then joined Pinner High School in September 2021 as a Spanish Teacher.
Outside of school, Caroline enjoys travelling, especially visiting her family in Bilbao, long walks surrounded by nature, cooking for friends and family, and watching Spanish series.
Teacher of Mandarin: Yen-Chiao Fang
Yen-Chiao graduated with a BA in English from Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan, where he gained an interest in 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, Yen-Chiao attended Bristol University and gained an MSc in Education (Distinction).
After completing his PGCE in Mandarin and EAL at the Institute of Education, Yen-Chiao joined Pinner High School in September 2016 and has enjoyed creating a vibrant and inspiring learning atmosphere through the introduction of the culture and history of China, as well as the Chinese language.
As a linguist, Yen-Chiao enjoys travelling, learning to communicate with local people and exploring the culture in many countries. He is also a big fan of Japan and Korea where he enjoys the food the most!
Teacher of Mandarin: Lydia Hargreaves-March
Lydia obtained a first class degree in Chinese Studies and English from the University of Durham, with a particular interest in postcolonial literature. She qualified as a teacher of Mandarin and English as an Additional Language through the UCL Institute of Education.
Lydia lived in Shanghai for four years from the age of eleven, and has returned subsequently for work and study in the neighbouring provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu.
In her teaching career to date, Lydia has cycled through the early morning streets of Hangzhou on a rent-a-bike to teach English to Chinese children, and has strolled past the Georgian townhouses of Bath to teach Japanese University students. She has worked in numerous residential summer camps, at locations as varied as a Chinese factory, a lakeside hotel, and a British boarding school. She has squelched through the muddy fields each morning while teaching in rural Cambridgeshire, and hurried through the bustling Brixton market to teach Chinese at a diverse inner city school.
She now lives in the South-East of England with her husband, and enjoys a much more straightforward commute down the motorway!
Teacher of Mandarin: Cecilia Cinquina
Cecilia graduated in Foreign Languages for International Communication (Mandarin and English) at Milan Catholic University of the Sacred Heart where she cultivated her passion for languages and where she discovered her interest in China.
After spending almost nine years in different cities in China for study and work she moved to the UK with her family and qualified as teacher of Mandarin and EAL at UCL IOE in 2020. She joined Pinner High School in September 2020 after spending her PGCE year at Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre and at Hampton School where she had the opportunity to be involved in different programmes that support the study of Mandarin at Secondary Schools in England.
She is very fond of cinema, literature (including Chinese) and good food (especially Italian!)
Head of Music: Caroline Fardoe
Caroline graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music from Anglia Ruskin University. She later completed her PGCE at Durham University.
She began her teaching career at St John’s RC Comprehensive in the North East of England. She taught there for 2 years before embarking on a career as Youth Staff onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Liners. Caroline returned to the UK and full-time teaching 5 years later at Adeyfield School in Hemel Hempstead where she took on the role of Head of the Creative Arts and Sports faculty. She later re-located back to the North East of England where she became Head of Music at Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College. Caroline joined Pinner High School in September 2021 as Head of Music.
Caroline loves anything involving music and sound. She plays violin and enjoys being part of a choir and also loves to compose in her spare time. She also enjoys going to the beach and surfing.
Teacher of Music and DT: Luke McCormick
Luke went to school in the North East of Scotland where he was born and raised. He graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Music in 2016 and a year after completed his Masters in Latin American Music whilst also at Newcastle.
He joined Pinner High School as a Teaching Assistant in September 2018 and then proceeded to embark on his teacher training there. He has now completed his PGCE and is an NQT as a Teacher of Music in September 2020.
Outside school, Luke works as a composer and DJ and performs in an alt rock band and a soul band. He also enjoys boxing and cooking regularly as part of his down time.
Teacher of Drama: Katrine Stewart
Katrine trained professionally as an actor at The Arts University Bournemouth where she gained a BA (Hons) in Acting. Whilst at University, she went on to gain some professional credits in Theatre, TV and Film and throughout her training, facilitated a number of workshops on how Drama can be used in therapy and learning for young people, which later became the focus of her dissertation.
Before joining Pinner, Katrine worked at Canons High School as an English and Drama HLTA before gaining QTS through a local SCITT programme and a PGCE with The Institute of Education at UCL. Katrine continues to work part-time at Canons as a Teacher of Drama, offering her specialist subject knowledge to a range of students within the Borough.
In her free time, Katrine likes to stay creative and still enjoys writing, directing and performing when possible. She also loves to travel and plans to spend every summer, “wherever it’s sunniest!”
Head of Psychology: Anita Valji
Anita graduated with a BSc in Psychology where she also completed a MSc in Health Psychology from University of Central Lancashire. She then went on to study a PGCE in the Social Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University.
She started her teaching career at The Cherwell School in Oxford where she taught Psychology and Sociology. Completing her NQT year, she then took on the position of Head of Psychology. Anita continued this role for five years as well as taking on the opportunity to be an AQA examiner and a professional mentor for trainee teachers. Anita joined Pinner High School in September 2021 as the Head of Psychology.
In her spare time, Anita enjoys traveling, hiking and badminton. Anita is also a keen baker, often experimenting with Indian flavours and fusing them with traditional desserts. She lives locally with her husband who is also keen on taste testing her creative baked goodies.