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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  (currently on maternity leave)

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.

Mr D Bennett – Teacher of English

Mr Bennett was born and educated in the Republic of Ireland. He graduated from University College Cork in 2018 with a 1.1 B.A. in English literature. He then began a two-year Professional Master of Education at UCC and graduated in May 2020 with a first class honours degree. 

Mr Bennett‘s aim as a teacher is to introduce students to texts and concepts that allow them to develop confidence, criticality and the ability to articulate their opinions with respect and humility for all. 

Outside of school, Mr Bennett possesses a great love for music, dance and keeping active. He has won titles at world level for Irish dancing and is also a keen drummer. 

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 - Teacher 

 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.

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.  

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

Mr Clackett 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 & IT Controller, which encompasses critical information including 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 - Teacher of Spanish

 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

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 – Teacher of History and Year Lead (Year 9)

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.

Mrs H Garrett-Gunn - Teacher of Design and Technology

Mrs Garrett-Gunn lives in North London with her daughter, husband and cat, and any free time is spent with family; travelling, accessing art and design, being creative, building, gardening, yoga, reading and camping.

Her degree is in Sports Science and Administration from Nottingham Trent University and it was during this time that she developed an interest in sound reinforcement and music. After graduation she spent twenty years touring as a sound engineer; working both overseas and in the UK, with a variety of musical genres. During downtime she renovated several properties and undertook further study at Chelsea School of Art, LCC, Central St Martins and Walthamstow College in design, graphics and 3D software.

Taking time out to be with her young daughter, among other activities, Mrs Garrett-Gunn worked with Interior Designers drawing up graphics and plans, ran an Arts & Crafts After School Club and many fundraising events.

Most recently she has also worked as a D&T Technician/Teaching Assistant in a North London school. This allowed her to see first-hand the developments in technology alongside the more traditional craft and skill involved in woodwork, metal work and textiles.

She is very excited by the opportunity of being involved with the family at Saracens and to be able to share her love of Design and Technology; both new and traditional.

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. 

Mr O Giles - Subject lead for PE

Mr Giles studied Physical Education with qualified teacher status for four years at the University of Brighton, completing two six month placements in different schools in Hertfordshire. Since qualifying he has worked in three further schools over the past thirteen years, regularly striving to develop himself and his students by taking on greater responsibility to have an impact on their journeys.

Mr Giles has experienced a number of roles in the schools he has worked at, as Key Stage 4 Assessment Coordinator, Assistant Pastoral Lead, Head of Department, and most recently Professional Mentor working with trainee teachers and those new to the profession. 

As Subject Lead for Physical Education, Mr Giles is determined to give all students the opportunity to take part in a range of different forms of physical activity, and to give our pupils a lifelong desire to stay healthy and active. Having coached a number of students to District and County accolades along with his most recent and proudest achievement, Elite National Football Final, Mr Giles has a clear winning mentality through honest teamwork and a disciplined work ethic, which he instils to his students. 

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 – Subject Leader for 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 - Teacher of English

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 S Hardy - ICT Network Manager

Mr Hardy graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London, with a BA (Hons) in English and History. A temporary job led to a career in IT in the industrial engineering sector. He greatly enjoyed the diversity of working within a multinational organisation.

He later became self-employed, providing IT consultancy and web development to small businesses, before realising that he wanted to be back in a team environment. With family and friends employed in education, joining a school was probably inevitable and long overdue.

Mr Hardy enjoys the Technology side of his job, but is equally inspired by its Information and Communication aspects. He is an advocate of ICT as an enabler of potential, and a tool for empowerment. He also enjoys swimming, photography and family/social history.

Miss A Hirst - Teacher of Geography

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.  

Miss S Luscombe - Subject Leader for History

Graduated with a 2.1 in Medieval and Modern History from the University of Birmingham.

Before teacher training, Ms. Luscombe was a Learning Support Assistant for a Year 8 student with achondroplasia. The following year she joined Teach First and was placed in an inner city secondary school in Birmingham.  She worked there for five years in a variety of roles, including Head of Year, Lead Practitioner and Literacy Coordinator. 

In 2016, Ms. Luscombe took a leap of faith and moved to an international school in Phuket, Thailand as Head of Humanities and, later, Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning. During her three years in Phuket, she helped to build the fledgling secondary school, with the first cohort of Year 11 students achieving 98% A* - C in five subjects or more, including English and Maths. 

Ms. Luscombe returned to England last year and cannot wait to be part of the Saracens family. She is passionate about every student having the ability to read, write and think critically and is looking forward to enabling many more students to reach their full potential and ultimately forge a lifelong love of learning, especially in History! 

Miss R MacIntyre - Teacher of Science

Miss MacIntyre discovered a love of science at secondary school where she was inspired by excellent teachers. This love of science took her to the University of Warwick where she graduated with a first-class degree in Biochemistry. During her studies her particular interest lay in pharmaceutical policy, and upon graduating she won an award for a report she wrote on how leaving the EU will influence the U.K’s pharmaceutical and agricultural policies. Her early working career was spent working as a pharmaceutical policy and industry analyst.

Miss Macintyre’s passion for science and learning made a move back to education inevitable. She initially worked as a learning support assistant in a secondary school where she thoroughly enjoyed working with and supporting young people. Keen to start a teaching career she then went to Brunel University to complete her PGCE.

Miss Macintyre’s aim as a science teacher is to ignite a passion for science in all of her students, encouraging them to question and understand the workings of the world around them, whilst ensuring that they gain the necessary knowledge and skills to allow them to succeed in whatever path they choose in life.

Mrs W Mander - Assistant Principal

Mrs Mander studied at Liverpool John Moores University where she graduated in Business Decision Analysis. She started her career as a Sales Account Manager, spending 10 years working for Yellow Pages. In a change of career, Mrs Mander undertook a PGCE in mathematics in between starting a family. Mrs Mander has over 10 years maths teaching experience and is passionate in ensuring children enjoy and feel successful in the subject.  Mrs Mander has spent most of her teaching career in Hertfordshire working as Head of Mathematics, Associate Assistant Head teacher and as a Specialist Leader of Education for the Dacorum Schools Teaching Alliance. 

Mrs Mander likes to spend her spare time with her family and getting outdoors with their dog.

Ms C Marceau - Home School Liaison

Ms Marceau was born and educated in France. She studied geography while working part-time to support her studies. She won a bursary to study a MSc in Transport planning at Cardiff university and had a fun career as a business consultant working in engineering in London for 10 years. Following the birth of her children, she decided to retrain as a French teacher. During her PGCE she realised that she wanted to help children who had difficulties engaging in their learning. She completed a post-graduate training at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in working with children, adolescents, and families. Alongside her studies, she gained experience through different placements. As well as being the home-school liaison at Saracens High, she is working as an assistant child psychotherapist in a primary school in Camden

Mr D Mitman – Year Lead (Year 10) and Teacher of PE and Maths

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 coordinator and School Sport Coordinator.

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 Head teacher. 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 Head teacher 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 Nicoll - Subject Leader for Drama

Miss Nicoll was born in Scotland but raised in North London. She earned a 2:1 in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and went onto to study a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Drama completing placements in an inner London secondary school and sixth form college. Miss Nicoll went on to teach Drama and become a Year Lead at a school in Hertfordshire for 4 years before taking a year out to travel the world. In that year she travelled to 15 different countries including Brazil, New Zealand and India. For the last 9 years Miss Nicoll has worked as a Subject Lead of Drama and Head of Faculty at an academy in East London where she set up and worked on multiple partnerships with the Barbican, Punchdrunk, Almeida and The National Theatre to name but a few. 

Miss L Osborne - Assistant Year Lead

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. 

Mrs D Pujara – School Counsellor

My passion for working with children and young people developed in my first summer job as a Playgroup Coordinator supporting young people with special needs. This opportunity sparked my interest in wanting to give young people a voice and empower them to be the best that they could be. 

Obtaining a degree in Psychology I went on to work in various voluntary, statutory and educational settings to develop my knowledge and experience of working with children, young people and their families. As I entered the world of parenthood, I moved away from directly supporting young people and their families and focused my energies on training others to support members of the community. 

The saying ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ sums up my journey going forward, as with redundancy came the opportunity to re-evaluate my career and completing a postgraduate qualification in Integrative Child and Adolescent Counselling I had the opportunity to do what I love; work with young people to unlock their potential. 

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 – Year Lead (Year 8) and HistoryTeacher

 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.

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.

Dr M Stevens – Principal

Dr.Stevens achieved a first-class teaching degree in Physical Education at Brunel University College (formerly 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 Tahsin - Teacher of Psychology and Sociology

Miss Tahsin was born and brought up in North London where she completed her education. She studied Psychology, Sociology and English Literature at A-level. Although initially her passions lay in English which she was determined to study at university, she quickly realised how much she enjoyed the social sciences and decided to pursue Psychology into her higher education.

She studied at Goldsmiths University of London where she graduated with a higher second-class degree. Whilst at university, she worked as a tutor and developed a particular interest in supporting students with autism and other Special Educational Needs. This, alongside her dissertation that focussed on social cognition and bilingualism amongst children with autistic traits, ignited her passion in teaching and supporting young people. After graduating, Miss Tahsin went on to complete her PGCE at the UCL Institute of Education and began her teaching career at a North London school.

Miss Tahsin is passionate about her field of subjects as they lend themselves towards much debate and critical thinking. She endeavours to ensure all students are provided with the skills to succeed in and beyond education. She greatly enjoys being in the classroom as there is never a dull day when working with young people and has found being a teacher to be a highly rewarding experience.  Outside of teaching, she is an avid reader of classic and historical literature and enjoys cooking and baking. She also enjoys learning new things; currently, she is learning the Arabic language which has proven very challenging but also very fulfilling. 

Mr G Tsiappourdhi – Teacher of Maths

Mr Tsiappourdhi has always had a passion for Mathematics. He still remembers the times tables game his dad would play with him and his younger sister on their Saturday morning journeys to greek school. Mr Tsiappourdhi graduated with a 2:1 in BA Accounting and Finance at Manchester Metropolitan Business School. He then went on to work in an accountancy firm in the heart of Birmingham for over a year. It wasn't until Mr T volunteered at a Summer Youth Camp that we realised he loves talking to and spending time with children of all ages. After the camp Mr T enrolled on a PGDE with a specialism in Primary Mathematics and he has never looked back since. Mr T began his teaching career in Primary school teaching in both lower and upper KS2 before making the move to teaching Mathematics at secondary school two years ago. Mr T loves teaching Mathematics and wants to share his enthusiasm for numbers with anyone who will listen.

Outside of school Mr T enjoys meeting up with friends as well as attending church services at his local parish. He also regularly travels to Sierra Leone where he helps to support programs aimed at improving the quality of life for people living in some of the poorest conditions on the planet. 

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.  

 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/