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 headteacher: mr jan balon

Having completed a degree in Politics from the University of Warwick, Jan initially trained through the Teach First programme and subsequently taught Humanities in schools in Tottenham and Edmonton, latterly as Vice Principal for the Curriculum at a large 11-18 Comprehensive - a position he held for three years.

 deputy head academic; mr joe hoddy

Joe studied English at Exeter University, before graduating from the Teach First programme.  He worked at St Mary Magdalene Academy for eight years, a large all-through Academy in Islington, teaching English and leading on pupil achievement as the Deputy Head of Sixth Form.  More recently, he held the position of Head of Sixth Form overseeing the school's co-curricular A-Level and International Baccalaureate programme.

 deputy head pastoral: mr John clark

Johnny studied History at The University of Leeds, before completing the Teach First programme. He worked at King Solomon Academy for 6 years, as both the founding Head of Humanities and founding Head of Sixth form. More recently, Johnny has worked as Vice Principal in a large comprehensive in Wembley, overseeing Teaching and Learning.

 business director: mr paul martin

Paul completed a degree in Computing and Business Administration at the University of Kent in 2004 and has since worked for a Japanese University and group of High Schools in the UK and Japan. His career began in IT management but latterly he has also been responsible for a range of support services from Finance through to Estates and Facilities.

 lead teacher of chemistry and head of house: mr zabed ahmed

Zabed is a graduate of King’s College London with a Master’s degree in Chemistry. He has predominately worked in sixth form colleges and has over 15 years of experience in post 16 education. In his previous colleges he has been the Head of Chemistry as well as managing the pastoral side of the curriculum. He has also taught abroad in a sixth form boarding school, teaching the more challenging Cambridge International syllabus.

 teacher of history: mr tom deasy

A graduate of the Teach First Programme, Tom taught at a comprehensive school in Plaistow after reading History at Peterhouse, Cambridge. Tom is returning to teaching after a spell working for AlphaSights, a global information services firm, based in the City of London.

 lead teacher of art: mRs marina nimmo

After completing a degree in Visual and Performance Arts, Marina set up her own art studio practice in the UK and France. Since completing her teaching degree 14 years ago from the Institute of Education, University of London, Marina has taught in a wide variety of schools within London and the South West including Millfield School in Somerset where she taught Art and was a pastoral House Master. More recently Marina was Director of Art at Highgate School for five years and is currently completing her Masters of Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art.

 lead teacher of biology and head of house: mr simon maunder

Simon Maunder has an Honours degree in Zoology and over fifteen years experience teaching Biology in an outstanding 11—19 school in East London, during which time he has been both Head of Year and KS5 Coordinator for Sciences. 

 lead teacher of computer science: ms michelle alexander

Michelle embraces the computing vision with drive and a sense of fun. Qualified to Masters level in Computer Science, she is also a recognised Master Teacher for Computing.  Technology has always served her well, having worked in industry as well as teaching of Computer Science at University and School level.

 lead teacher of english: mr alban miles

After completing a degree in English Literature at the University of Oxford, Alban worked for four years as an Editor in book publishing in London before becoming a teacher. His nine years’ experience as Teacher of English includes a year teaching in Hong Kong and five years at Ibstock Place School in south-west London, where he set up the programme to support application to Oxbridge. He joined Highgate in 2014 to teach English; for the last two years he has also been Deputy Head of Sixth Form.  He will be working at LAE Tottenham on secondment from Highgate.

 lead teacher of french: Ms Cecile hayes

After two years of Classe Préparatoire and a degree in English Literature at the Université de Caen, Cécile moved to the UK to become a language assistant, where she discovered a passion for teaching French as a Foreign Language. She completed a PGCE at Oxford Brookes University and went on to work at Highgate School in 2006. For the last three years, she has been joint Head of the French department. Her professional experience also includes freelance work for a tech start-up planning the grammar course of their language app. She will be working at LAE Tottenham on secondment from Highgate.

 lead teacher of geography: ms grace kwong

After the completion of a degree in Geography at University of Cambridge, Grace spent two years at University of Oxford for an MPhil degree in Comparative Social Policy. Specialising in education policy inspired her to train as a teacher (PGCE at University of Oxford). Grace joined Highgate School in 2014 as a teacher of Geography. Bilingual in Chinese and English, she has personal links to Hong Kong, a Newly Emerging Economy. Her academic interests spanning both human and physical geography, Grace will be working at LAE Tottenham on secondment from Highgate.

 lead teacher of mathematics: Mr giancarlo grasso

Having completed a degree in Mathematics from UCL, Giancarlo trained at King’s College London and received a PGCE. Subsequently, he taught Mathematics and Computing at Highgate School as well as co-ordinating the co-curricular program for years 7-8. He is seconded to LAE Tottenham from Highgate School.

 lead teacher of physics: mr ashley dyson

Having read Physics at Exeter College, Oxford, Ashley worked as an IT project manager for Shell for over a decade. He then returned to his first love, physics, training to be a teacher at the Institute of Education, University of London. During his teaching career, Ashley has taught at a leading North London grammar school where he coached pupils onto the UK Physics Olympiad team, as well as into Oxbridge Physics and engineering courses. He is seconded to LAE Tottenham from Highgate School.

 lead teacher of design and technology: mr will tang

Following the completion of a degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management, William joined the Teach First programme for his teacher training, starting his career at a school in Edmonton. He then joined the Teaching Leaders programme and completed a Postgraduate degree in Educational Leadership. Having also taught in Hammersmith, Harlow and Kingsbury before joining Highgate School in September 2016, he is now looking forward to starting his secondment journey at LAE Tottenham.

 teacher of chemistry: mr joe connor


 teacher of mathematics: mr leigh baxandall


 Lead Teacher of Psychology, head of house and senior safeguarding officer: Ms Juliette Massey-SMith

Juliette completed her degree in Psychology at Bologna University, in Italy. She then moved to the UK and while leading the psychology department at a comprehensive school in North West London obtained her teaching qualification on the Graduate Teacher Programme. Her passion for Psychology led her to pursue further studies at the Tavistock Clinic and the Portman Trust, where she obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Systemic Theory. For the past six years, she has worked at JFS School, first as Head of Psychology and, more recently, Head of Year in its outstanding Sixth form.

 Lead teacher of economics: ms liane ryan

Liane has a Business & Management degree and had a successful career in Buying and Merchandising for high street retailers including Next, River Island and Top Man before entering the teaching profession. After completing a PGCE she has taught at a top performing boys’ Grammar School in Barnet, holding the position of Head of Economics for the last 11 years. Liane has coached students to the finals of the Bank of England’s Target 2.0 Competition and the LIBF Student Investor Challenge as well as into Oxbridge entry for Economics and related courses.

 sen and learning support lead: ms june hamilton

June was an undergraduate at Goldsmith’s College, London University, and studied her PGCE (English and Media) at the Institute of Education.  She has been in education for 25 years, and before pursuing a keen interest in SEN, taught English and Media up to A Level in the State Sector.  For two years she headed the English Department at a Girls’ High School in Brent before becoming SENCo in a mainstream secondary school.  She now works in the Special Needs Department in Highgate School and will be working part time on secondment to support the development of SEN at LAE Tottenham.