Dr. Stevens – Principal
Dr. Stevens achieved a first-class teaching degree in Physical Education at Brunel University College (formally Borough Road College), before completing a PhD in sport psychology (part-time) while working as Head of Physical Education at Finchley Catholic High School.
After a sabbatical working as a sport psychologist for Watford Football club, he went on to teach at two Inner City Academies in Brent and Hackney, gaining experience in pastoral and academic leadership roles, before becoming Deputy Headteacher at a challenging school in Hertfordshire. In nine years of senior leadership, his schools have achieved their best Key Stage 4 results seven times. He completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) through the Institute of Education, and the Partners in Excellence (PiXL) Outstanding Headteachers of the Future programme.
Dr. Stevens grew up in Finchley, just 1.8 miles from Saracens High School, and aged 16 he started working at Northway Tyres, only 850m from the school. After studying at college in the evenings, at the age of 21, he became the first member of his family to go to University. As Principal, Dr. Stevens is determined to give all students the best possible education, and to give our pupils an opportunity to realise their dreams, as he is now.
Miss M Alexa – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator
Miss Alexa was born and educated in Romania where she studied Modern Foreign Languages at Stefan cel Mare University. She also graduated with a Master’s Degree in Translations and taught French for 6 years in a large secondary school in her home town. She came to England to rediscover her love for the English language and enjoyed thoroughly her experience at teaching English to EAL pupils in Surrey.
Since 2009 she has passionately supported dyslexic children, leading to her becoming qualified as a Teacher of Special Learning Difficulties (Level 5) and then as an Assessor (Level 7). Miss Alexa is a Member Associate of the British Dyslexia Association and for the last 10 years has worked in an oversubscribed school in Hackney as a teacher of SEN. She has completed the National Award SEN Co-ordinator from our partners at the University of Middlesex
Miss Alexa has encouraged every student to overcame obstacles and look for opportunities to celebrate success. Her efforts have been rewarded with the Jack Petchey Leader Award in 2017.
Mrs Z Latif – Subject Leader for Science
Ms Latif graduated from the University College of London (UCL), specialising in Human Sciences. It was the summer after graduating that saw Ms Latif travel to Kenya to work at an orphanage and become part of a project to help young people stay in education - this inspired her to come back to London and begin a PGCE at the institute of Education (IOE)
She has taught in various schools supporting students from various backgrounds and has held positions of responsibility ranging from a teaching and learning co-ordinator to Deputy Head of Department. She joins us from an OFSTED graded ‘outstanding’ school in Barnet, and being nominated for the most inspirational teacher at the national teacher awards highlights her commitment and inner ethos of ‘every child matters’
Ms Latif’s main aim is overcoming inequality with education and working with Saracens she is committed to helping younger generations find their passion, prepare for the workplace of the future, and develop the skills needed to succeed.
Ms E Style – Subject Leader for Maths
Ms Style studied at Edinburgh University, where she achieved a first-class degree in Philosophy and Politics. She completed her PGCE through Teach First and the Institute of Education, and is currently studying for a Masters in Character Education. Prior to becoming Head of Maths, Ms Style was Lead Practitioner for Maths at a successful secondary school in Haringey, where she also led the school’s Character Development.
She is passionate that schools empower students through academic excellence and personal enrichment, allowing each individual to discover their own interests and skills. Ms Style loves the logic and pattern of Maths, and the feeling that comes with working through a difficult problem until it's solved.
As a teacher she hopes students will share this love and experience how exciting Maths can be when approached with creativity and perseverance. Outside work Ms Style enjoys cycling and running and loves nothing more than walking in the countryside, ideally surrounded by mountains or the sea! She also enjoys dance, reading and discussing big ideas.
Miss C Chilton – Subject Leader for English
Miss Chilton graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in English with Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham. During her time at university, Miss Chilton spent two months in Northern Ghana teaching English in an extremely impoverished environment, with very limited resources. Here, she learnt the value of teaching creatively – something which she believes is crucial in every classroom setting.
Shortly after graduating, Miss Chilton completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme and gained a distinction. She is passionate about every child leaving secondary school with not only secure GCSE results but also with the abilities to write for, and read, different types of texts fluently and coherently – skills which are vital for everyday life.
Miss N Frankham – Teacher of Art/Design and Technology
Miss Frankham achieved a 2:1 degree in Graphic Communication with Typography at Plymouth University, specialising in identity and branding. On graduating she worked in the Graphic Design industry for three years and has designed a variety of products from catalogue front covers, promotional items, posters and web-based material. Miss Frankham decided to go into teaching as she wants to share the knowledge she has learnt in the design industry and inspire students to look at the world differently by challenging opinions and solving problems through design.
Miss Frankham grew up in Devon having the beaches and moors on her doorstep. Outside the classroom she enjoys running, undertaking her own art projects, taking her dog for long, scenic walks (although he is back in her home county) and visiting art exhibitions.
Mr D Mitman – Subject Leader for Physical Education
Mr Mitman studied Sport and Exercise science at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating with a 2:1, before completing a PGCE in Secondary Physical Education with our partners at Middlesex University. Having already previously been part of a new school start up in Barnet, Mr Mitman joins Saracens with fourteen years of teaching experience – eight of those in the role of a Head of Department of Physical Education. He has also been an Assistant Pastoral Lead, enrichment co-ordinator and School Sport Co-ordinator.
Having swum in the National Finals (winning a bronze medal) in the relay medley team, Mr Mitman has a clear sense of how important sport is as a medium of enriching lives, and how vital teamwork, resilience and perseverance are to improving outcomes and opportunities for all.
Miss R O’Hanlon – Teacher of Physical Education
Miss O’Hanlon’s love of sport and exercise took her to Nottingham Trent University, where she graduated with a 2:1 in Coaching and Sport Science. From there, she went to the University of Brighton to complete her PGCE, where her belief in inclusivity and ‘sport for all’ became a passion.
Her aim as a PE teacher is to get all pupils engaged and enthused by PE and sport. Miss O’Hanlon loves nothing more than seeing pupils step out of their comfort zone and achieve things that they never thought they could achieve. Outside of teaching, Miss O’Hanlon loves to stay active by going to the gym, playing tennis and walking her dog.
Mrs Y Bonilla – Subject Leader for Languages
Mrs Bonilla graduated with a first-class degree in Modern Foreign Languages (English and Spanish) from the University of Tolima, Colombia. While studying, she taught in primary and secondary schools in the private sector. In 2000 she took a gap year to the UK and decided that this was the place where she wanted to make a difference in education. Mrs Bonilla completed a PGCE at Bristol University in 2006. Since training to be a teacher, she has worked in two inner London city schools, in West London and Hackney, where pupils’ progress in languages has regularly been far higher than the national average.
She has taught Languages, been Head of Department, a Head of Faculty overseeing three departments, and a Learning and Teaching coach, supporting other colleagues to improve their practice.
She became an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2010 and has worked alongside the Harris Federation to develop their KS3 Spanish curriculum. Mrs Bonilla joined Saracens High School because of her belief that education should enable students to ‘be the best that they can possibly be’. Mrs Bonilla hopes to inspire pupils to always want to achieve their best and develop an undying love for languages.
Miss Morphitis – Subject Leader for Humanities
Miss Morphitis read Geography at the University of Bristol. After spending a year working in Brazil, she returned home to Enfield and completed her PGCE at the University of Hertfordshire. She spent her teaching career in North London, with experience working as Head of Geography, Head of Humanities and Assistant Headteacher. Miss Morphitis has presented at national educational conferences and has lectured PGCE students at Middlesex University and Canterbury Christ Church University, as well as working as a Lead Practitioner for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, an Assistant Headteacher at a Barnet School, and a subject specialist for the Partners in Excellence Club (PiXL).
A highly skilled practitioner, Miss Morphitis has lectured on the Teach First programme for the last years, training new teachers who were undertaking a highly competitive two-year leadership development programme which transforms exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders. She brings this experience in research into effective education to the Saracens High School.
She is a member of the Royal Geographical Society and Geography Association, keeping her subject knowledge and passion up to date. She takes everyone opportunity to travel and see as much of the world as possible. She can also be found cheering on Saracens Rugby Club as she is a season ticket holder.
Mr H Guez – Teacher of Music
Mr Guez grew up in France, before moving to the United Kingdom where he studied Music at Brunel University. On completion of his undergraduate degree he studied for his PGCE at Greenwich University. An accomplished musician, Mr Guez has performed as a solo violinist, as well as playing in duets and with orchestras. He also enjoys composing, conducting, and leading choirs, and is interested in a wide range of musical genres, from classical to hip-hop.
Mr T Islam - Science Technician
Born and raised on a White City Estate in West London. He is a Biological science graduate of University of Essex. Previously he has worked as a Science Technician at St Helen's School for Girls. He is currently trying to learn Arabic. He is an urban gentleman.
Mr N Gibbons - Learning Mentor
Mr Gibbons grew up in North West London and attended St Mary's High School in Hendon. Since age 14 he has devoted a large portion of his life to working with young people in schools and youth work settings, helping them to overcome personal barriers and achieve more than they believed they could. After graduating from secondary school, Mr Gibbons completed a degree in Youth Studies and a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Child Psychology at Nottingham Trent University.
Mrs B Halai - Learning Mentor
Mrs. Halai studied at Kingston University, where she graduated in Business & Information Technology; specialising in Business Analysis. She started her career at BUPA, spending her formative years at prestigious Law Firms and Investment Banks in the City of London.
Driven by excellence, she is passionate about teaching and creating the spark of curiosity in students to want to learn by encouraging and building their confidence to embrace new challenges or concepts.
As a teacher she believes in engaging students by providing them with practical applications of the subject matter thereby linking theoretical concepts to the real world. She also believes in lateral thinking, using different means to explain topics to students.
Mr M Clackett - Data Manager
Mr Clackett has many years of experience working across a number of specialised sectors, including working as a freelance test driver (mainly for Top gear, but also for almost all of the major manufacturers), a session saxophonist, a record label and publishing company executive and a Managing Director and Creative Director of several organisations. His work has taken him all over the world, with periods spent living and working in the USA, Japan and the Middle East. He speaks Japanese at a conversational level, and is a keen chef.
Miss C Copeland - Learning Support Assistant
Miss Copeland studied Sport and Exercise Science with Teaching and Coaching at Middlesex University and graduated with a 2:1. While at University, she worked in a range of mainstream and special needs schools gaining a huge amount of experience and knowledge working with different year groups and abilities.
After graduation, she progressed from a Learning Support Assistant to an Unqualified Teacher in a Special needs school in Barnet. Previously, Miss Copeland worked as a Youth Worker on a mobile youth bus called ‘Rolling Base’ as well as a Football Coach for Barnet Football Club.
From a young age, Miss Copeland always had a passion and love for sport and art. She competed in the football team for the London Youth Games and won gold within a team in the London Youth Rowing Competition. She played for Mill Hill Hockey Club and always enjoyed football. She recently played at a professional level for Tottenham Hotspur Ladies and West Ham Ladies Football Club.
Miss Copeland has used challenges and failures as motivation and believes every young person can reach their full potential no matter their background or learning needs. She wants to help inspire students to develop outstanding skills by encouraging successful progress within their learning.
* Teach First Ambassadors have qualified through a two-year leadership development programme, which recruits exceptional graduates and trains them to be inspirational teachers and school leaders. See more about the programme here https://www.teachfirst.org.uk/