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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.

Miss S Anwar – Teacher of Computer Science

Ms Anwar first discovered her love for computers and technology aged 9, when she placed a cracked "Lenny the Penguin" CD into her dad's work PC and it swallowed half of it. Ms Anwar spent what felt like a lifetime (it was an hour) trying to become a makeshift engineer and take the built-in CD drive apart, before her parents were home so that this would stay unknown. It did not work.

Ms Anwar went on to achieve a First Class honours in her degree, in Business Information Systems, where she created an online system and database for a domestic violence charity. Ms Anwar has always had a love for charities and spent a lot of her time volunteering at different organisations. She went on to apply to become a Computer Science teacher and was accepted by the Institute Of Education and has never looked back.  

Computer Science lessons are a safe place for all students to ensure that they are all accessing learning, in a positive environment and joyful classroom. It's ok to make mistakes... she's here to help you fix them.

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 K Boxall - Learning Support Assistant

 Miss Boxall studied at Royal Holloway University at Doctoral / P.h.D. level in Human Geography and for a Masters in Cultural Geography (Distinction). Previously, she was at Exeter University reading for a first class degree in BA Geography. In tandem with her work at Saracens, she is re-training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy accredited by Middlesex University where she is feeding her understandings and skills back into supporting the pupils of Saracens High School.  

Miss Boxall believes the root of academic excellence lies in pupils having a balanced mental health within a supportive environment. At Saracens High School, she supports the Humanities curriuclum area where she enjoys engaging pupils’ passion for our past, present and future world! Miss Boxall also conducts literacy interventions and supports our most vulnerable pupils to combat the mental health issues that are rife in today’s society by ensuring the children are equipped with an emotional toolkit to sustain good mental health and well-being as adults.

Mr J Buckley – Teacher of Maths

Mr Buckley was born and educated in the Republic of Ireland. He graduated from the University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Technology (education) in Materials and Architectural Technology.

Once qualified he moved to the UK to take up a post as a Design and Technology and Maths Teacher. Over the past six years he has worked across all key stages including three years as a Year 6 Teacher. During his time as a primary teacher he developed a strong passion for maths education and mixed ability teaching which is what led him to Saracens high school.

Mr Buckley thinks that developing strong problem solving skills in his students is extremely important, as it is crucial for survival in the 21st century. He is passionate about fostering a love of maths and instilling perseverance in his students. 

Outside of school Mr. Buckley is a keen rock climber and enjoys interesting podcasts and books.

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.

Mr M Clackett - Data Controller

Matt has many years of high level experience working across a number of specialised sectors, including automotive, music and music publishing, heavy engineering, journalism and software development. His work has taken him all over the world, with periods spent living and working in the USA, Japan and the Middle East. He currently works at Saracens High School as the Data Controller, which encompasses admissions, attendance, assessment and attainment, giving him a detailed understanding of the school's progress.

Dr R Evans - Teacher of Science

Dr Evans loves Science! She graduated with a 1st Class BSc with Honours in Pure Applied Chemistry from Greenwich University. She stayed on there to complete a PhD in Science. From there, Dr Evans went to the University of Hertfordshire to complete her PGCE, where she completely realised her true passion for teaching.

Her aim as a Science teacher is to endeavour to ensure all pupils are engaged and enthused by Science and to show students that Science is part of our everyday world. Dr Evans loves 'seeing the light go on' for her students, that moment when they achieve or understand something that they never thought they could. 

Outside of school and teaching Dr Evans loves family life and enjoys having her large family around her. She enjoys long walks and going to the gym.

Ms M Fernandez - Learning Support Assistant

 Ms Fernandez was born and raised in Spain in the middle of a very caring and large family. She earned a Degree in Modern Languages and her PGCE by the University of A Coruna (Spain). She moved to London in 2001 and worked in schools in Ealing (West London) preparing small groups of students for their GCSEs and A-level exams before taking a hiatus in her teaching career to look after her growing family. Once her three children settled into their schools, Ms Fernandez believed this was the perfect time to go back into teaching and fulfil her career dreams. She is working at Saracens High School as a Learning Support Assistant supporting children with special needs or anxiety issues to sail their way through the difficulties of learning a new language, something she is finding extremely rewarding and gratifying. 

 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.

Miss R Freeman – Year Lead (Year 7) and Teacher of History

Miss Freeman was born and raised in Haringey in north London. She stepped away from the capital to study for her degree in War and Society at the University of Swansea. She started working in education following her studies, including several non-teaching roles (Head of Year) before deciding to engage in a PGCE at Middlesex University while teaching in another north London school. 

She has dual passions for history and pastoral care, understanding how history can shape the leaders of tomorrow. This encouraged her to do an additional qualification in Holocaust education and she believes firmly in the importance of teaching this in schools to help students understand world history.

Miss Freeman encourages students to ask questions and challenge themselves, and hopefully share the wonder of discovering history, as she has. Outside of the classroom she is a passionate reader and aspiring foodie, and loves trying out the varied cuisine that London has to offer.

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. 

Ms S Green – Vice Principal 

Ms Green has taught in London for 12 years, working alongside many experienced and inspiring teachers. She found being Director of Sixth Form an extremely rewarding part of her career, giving opportunities to students to embark on the final stages of their education in apprenticeships and university. She feels honoured to have supported some incredible young people to reach their potential. Results Day has always been one of best days of the year when we proudly witness the students' hard work paying off.

Ms Green also plays rugby, and joined Saracens Rugby Club at the age of 19. During her time with Saracens, she studied Sports Science at Loughborough University and continued to play for the premiership side so she could pursue her England career. She has played alongside some exceptional players from all around the world and has worked with incredible coaches who have supported her in fulfilling her dream of playing for England.  She has won 13 Premiership and Cup titles with Saracens, captained England 7s, and won the 7s World Series with England. 

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.   

Mrs B Halai - Cover Supervisor

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.  

Miss A Hirst - Teacher of English 

Miss Hirst graduated with a 2:1 in Archaeology from UCL: Institute of Archaeology. While at university, she spent a lot of time working in theatres around London, creating set and managing productions for UCL’s musical theatre and Drama societies. This is what spurred her on to teaching English.

Shortly after graduating, Miss Hirst completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme through Canterbury Christ Church University.  She trained in Suffolk where she spent a lot of time researching and investigating reading, and the effects of increasing reading in school.

Outside of teaching Miss Hirst enjoys walking her dog and visiting national trust properties.  

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.

Mrs Latif is currently on maternity leave, and her teaching is being covered by Mr J Moloney.

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 H 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 W Murray-Bruce - Learning Support Assistant

Mr Murray-Bruce has always had a passion for sports and working with young people, which led him to the University of Hertfordshire where he obtained a Degree in Sports Studies. While studying at University he also worked part-time coaching children various different sports. There were a variety of different avenues which he could have followed such as sports management, sports development and performance analysis which were all areas he thrived in while at university; however, it was his time spent coaching children that inspired him to get into teaching.

Mr Murray-Bruce feels this is a great platform to implement the knowledge achieved while at university and develop his skills as a Learning Support Assistant. He has big ambitions to qualify as a teacher in the near future, while continuing to inspire and motivate young people during their studies.

Miss L Osborne - Learning Support Assistant

Miss Osborne volunteered in Sixth form to be a pupil mentor, assisting the School Counsellor, here she would mentor pupils from year 8 to year 11, assisting them with the struggles of secondary school. She also taught lessons on various subjects such as bullying and she worked one to one with younger students who did not feel comfortable sharing their problems with a teacher.

She then went on to study Psychology BSc at West London University where she gained a 2:1 degree. She then went on to work for charities and hospitals and volunteering in her local charity shop in her spare time. After meeting a range of people and knowing that she loved helping people, she decided to take a course in Counselling Skills (level 2) and passed this with  flying colours. 

Miss Osborne is now a Learning Support Assistant and continues to support children to ensure they have the best and most supported start in life. 

Miss N Rowland-Simms – Teacher of English

Ms Rowland-Simms developed her love for teaching during her gap year after her A levels, when she volunteered to live, and teach English, in Cambodia for a year. This year abroad developed a love for education, lifelong learning, and travel. On returning to the UK, she continued her desire to learn and understand other cultures studying and achieving a 2:1 in Archaeology from the University of Nottingham.

Keen to continue to develop her teaching skills, and passionate about learning a new language and experiencing a different culture, she applied to the Japan Exchange Teaching Programme. She was accepted to teach English at three schools in Kyoto Prefecture, where she worked full-time for 2 years. The passion for learning that she saw in her students and co-workers was something Ms Rowland-Simms was keen to replicate in schools back in the UK and so she moved to London, first as a Learning Support Assistant at a school in North West London, and then, 10 months later, as a trainee teacher through the graduate teaching programme Teach First. Before joining Saracens, she worked as an English teacher at a challenging secondary school in West London, promoting a love of learning and supporting her students to become enthusiastic readers and writers, ready to achieve and excel in their GCSEs and beyond.

Mr Rudd – SEND Teacher

 Mr Rudd’s journey to Saracens High School, has taken him down many paths, which have included being a builder as well as working in the hospitality industry. He has worked in education for eight years in roles that have focused on behaviour and wellbeing, through to teaching multiple subjects. He has had the privilege to work in both a mixed comprehensive and a pupil referral unit (PRU) and has enjoyed building and developing relationships and supporting the pupils to academic success. 

Outside of education Mr Rudd enjoys rugby, through playing for his local club, and assisting in coaching and developing future players.

Mrs M Brandon - SEND Teacher 

Mrs Brandon graduated from Portsmouth University in 1989 with a 2:1 Bachelor of Education Honours Degree. In 2001 after 11 years of teaching in primary education as a class teacher, year group lead and Key Stage co-ordinator, she retrained in Special Needs taking the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators Diploma achieving an A Grade (pre-cursor to the NASENCO award).  Since that time, Mrs Brandon has taught at a large number of differing primary schools both in the state and independent sector. She has been a SENDCo/SEND teacher and Maths specialist.  Last year she worked as a teaching assistant attached to the SEND Dept at another Barnet Secondary school to gain experience in a secondary environment.  

Ms M Saccaro – Teacher of Spanish

Ms Saccaro’s love for languages led her to study English, Arabic, and French (and a couple of dead languages too) at University of Catania in Italy. She graduated with a first-class degree in Comparative Studies and carried on with Masters in European and Extra-European Languages (Arabic and English). Ms Saccaro won a bursary through the University for an internship in London in 2009, and at the same time studied for Masters in Law Translation (English, French and Italian), graduating in 2010. In 2011 Ms Saccaro completed her PGCE at the University of East London. Since training be a teacher, Ms Saccaro has worked as a teacher of Latin, French, and as a Head of Spanish in East and South London schools. Ms Saccaro joined Saracens High School because of how the school’s values are so closely aligned to her own.In 2011 Ms Saccaro completed her PGCE at the University of East London. Since training be a teacher, Ms Saccaro has worked as a teacher of Latin, French, and as a Head of Spanish in East and South London schools. Ms Saccaro joined Saracens High School because of how the school’s values are so closely aligned to her own.

Miss E Smith (nee Style) – Subject Leader for Maths/Acting Assistant Principal

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.

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.

Mr B Sudell - School Counsellor

Mr Sudell has joined us this year as our school counsellor. He initially trained as a primary teacher, working in primary schools in London, including a special school for children with additional needs. Following that, he completed post-graduate training at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, studying Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Wellbeing.  

Mrs E Ureche (nee Hajdu) – Teacher of Maths

Mrs Ureche was born and educated in Romania, however has dual citizenship with Hungarian being her first language. During her high school years, she volunteered at an NGO organisation to feed her enthusiasm for becoming a better and more creative teacher.

She studied Maths and ICT at Babes-Bolyai University, and graduated with a 1:1 Master’s Degree in Astro – Physics (global positioning systems) and Didactic of mathematics from where she gained her qualified teacher status.

Mrs Ureche taught Maths in a secondary school in Romania before coming to England to discover more about SEND schools, and worked for a year at an SEND school as a teaching assistant. She completed a PGCE course at London Metropolitan University and then taught Maths for 3 years at a provisional college as a Numeracy coordinator and was a PGCE mentor for students from Middlesex University before joining Saracens High School.

Outside work Mrs Ureche is a GCSE examiner and works to support pupils in achieving high grades in their SATs, GCSEs, or develop their passion for Maths.  Mrs Ureche enjoys nature, especially climbing mountains, and spends most of her holidays visiting her family.

Ms S Wilson – Teacher of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Ms Wilson Was born and raised in Stockport. She completed a Philosophy degree at Cardiff University, after which she worked in the travel industry. This allowed her to raise the funds needed to complete her PGCE in Religious Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. After working as a supply teacher in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire area she decided to travel to South Korea for a year to teach English as an additional language.

Upon her return she worked in various educational establishments including FE, comprehensive school and the private school sector. Whilst doing this she completed a Master’s Degree in Philosophy in Education from Heythrop College, part of the University of London. Her specialism in ethics, especially the practical world approaches we can use to help people make ethical decisions.

Miss Wilson has been an examiner at GCSE and A Level.  

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