“Senior leaders and governors base their work on a clear, simple vision which commits the academy to achieving the very best it can for its students. It is a vision shared by all who work and study in the academy.” Ofsted, June 2015

Meet the team

We have been fortunate to have the opportunity to build our teaching team from scratch, and recruit the best people for each job. We have hand-picked a team of exceptional, ambitious teaching practitioners with the determination and expertise to lead our school to success.

Senior leadership team

Lucy HarrisonResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Headteacher
Previous professional position: Deputy Headteacher
Academic background: MA in Educational Leadership & Innovation at the University of Warwick; PGCIE at the University of Warwick; PGCE in Secondary History at the University of Birmingham, BSoc.Sci (Hons) in Economic & Social History at the University of Birmingham.

Prior to joining the Archer Academy, Lucy was part of a senior leadership team at Hertswood Academy in Borehamwood which took the school from requiring improvement to good with rapidly improving results. Initially recruited to head up Year 7, she was swiftly promoted to assistant headteacher, with responsibility for teaching and learning at Key Stage 3, gifted and talented provision, and whole school literacy. This broad spread of experience and insight into school leadership proved invaluable when she moved to the Archer Academy.

Lucy joined us as our deputy headteacher in April 2013, and played a pivotal role in our successful start. One of her key responsibilities was to develop our Key Stage 3 curriculum, creating a challenging programme with its roots in the national curriculum but extended and deepened to incorporate key aspects of our vision, such as developing creative, analytical thinkers. Another important part of Lucy’s role in the run-up to opening was to develop our extensive transition programme, building strong links with local primary schools and ensuring an exceptional start for all Archer Academy families. The programme was particularly commended by Ofsted, who believe we will reap the benefits in the years ahead.

The creation of a new school offers a unique set of experiences and challenges for its senior leaders, and throughout our first two years Lucy worked in close partnership with our founding headteacher, sharing the responsibility of and recognition for the firm foundations upon which our school is built. She was therefore a highly credible candidate when the position of headteacher became available and, despite stiff competition from some exceptional candidates, was unanimously appointed to the position in September 2015.

Among Lucy’s priorities for this academic year are ensuring that the school continues to benefit from strong strategic leadership with a capacity for future growth, and developing an ambitious Key Stage 4 curriculum which allows every student to reach their potential. She is determined that, as the Archer Academy continues to grow, it will retain the feeling of a small community school in which each child is known as an individual, and relationships between staff, students and parents remain strong and successful.

Oliver NaylorResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral & Wellbeing)
Previous professional position: Assistant Headteacher
Academic background: MA Educational Leadership,
Warwick University; Teach First, Canterbury Christ Church University,
BA (Hons) Fine Art Printmaking, Loughborough University

Oliver joined us from Cumberland School in Newham, where he was a highly effective Art and Digital Photography teacher, head of year and assistant headteacher. His pastoral improvement initiatives have empowered pupils to make progress both academically and socially in and outside of the school curriculum.

Oliver’s creative and adaptable leadership skills made a significant impact on staff appraisal, out of hours learning and the variety of departments and year teams he managed. He is committed to an inclusive approach to education, founded on developing powerful pedagogy that delivers a compelling curriculum for all. His innovative research based projects will closely align pastoral and curriculum areas. Oliver’s breadth and depth of experience will ensure the wellbeing of all students, staff and families at the Archer Academy.

oakley-oliverResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Assistant Headteacher (Data & Systems)
Previous professional position: Head of Computer Science/ICT
Academic background: BSC (Hons) in Management
Science from University of Manchester Institute of Science
and Technology; PGCE in ICT from King’s College London.

Oliver joined us from Wren Academy in Barnet, where he led the introduction of ICT and subsequently Computer Science. He steered the school through the turbulence of curriculum change as it grew from two year groups to seven, and this experience will be of great benefit to Archer Academy.

Whilst at Wren he played a key role in developing the use of e-learning for the whole school, and also embedding digital literacy across the curriculum via the use of student digital leaders. He has worked closely with several other departments to help subject teachers realise the benefits of new and exciting technology, and he has generated a strong interest in computing through the use of clubs and external visits.

Overall Oliver has 8 years of experience as a head of department in Barnet, including his first teaching post at Mill Hill County High School. Over this time he has had an outstanding track record of exam results and lesson grading. He has also led his previous school in the use of Key Stage 4 progress data and how to track performance data throughout the year.

Prior to teaching Oliver had a successful ten year career in IT, working as a software developer and systems analyst and finally as a management consultant for Accenture. This has given him a real world experience which he enjoys bringing into his lessons, and also an understanding of operating at management level. He is keen to maintain his links with the IT world to the benefit of Archer students.

Miss-GilhamResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Assistant Headteacher (Teaching & Learning), Humanities Subject Leader
Previous professional position: Head of Geography and Head of Humanities Faculty
Academic background: BSc (Hons) in Geography at the University of Wolverhampton; Secondary PGCE in Geography at the University of Nottingham

Lindsay joined us when the school first opened in September 2013, coming from a school in St Marylebone, Westminster where she was an experienced head of Geography, head of Humanities and Advanced Skills teacher. Since joining the school her role has continued to grow. In her role as head of Humanities, she has designed a creative, broad and balanced Humanities curriculum that is taught through a range of engaging and exciting opportunities such as debating, role play, critical thinking skills and the creative use of ICT.

She has supported the development of gifted and talented provision at the school, running workshops for students, staff and parents and leading on initiatives such as the Bright Ideas talks. She has also taken on a pastoral role as a form tutor for a Year 7 tutor group, leading them through to Year 8.

Following promotion in April 2014, Lindsay has lead the development of our inspiring and creative Thematic Learning curriculum, providing an opportunity for students to study their subjects through interesting themes and cross curricular topics and providing opportunities for students to study a range of essential life skills. She has also taken a role in developing teaching and learning across the school, reviewing standards, monitoring progress, training and supporting staff and developing opportunities for the sharing of good practice and bringing creativity to the classroom.

Lindsay is committed to ensuring that teaching and learning practice at the school develops resilient, independent, creative learners who aspire to work to their highest potential and feel engaged, motivated and inspired in their lessons.

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Assistant Headteacher, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and Head of Science
Previous professional position: Head of Science
Academic background: BSC(Hons) in Biochemistry from University of Edinburgh, PhD Biomedical Research University of Sheffield, Postdoctoral Research Fellow University College London and the National Heart and Lung Institute (Imperial College); PGCE in Science from the Institute of Education London.

Paul joined us from the Wren Academy in Barnet, where he has spent the previous seven years. An experienced Science teacher and department head, Paul has led the development of science teaching at the Wren, joining when the school only had Year 7 and Year 8 students and subsequently establishing GCSE and A-level teaching. He leaves the Wren Science department with outstanding GCSE and A-level results from its first cohorts. His new role incorporates being Head of Science with a key goal of utilising his experience to support and develop science teaching in the Archer alongside a wider remit to promote the delivery of STEM subjects throughout the school.

In total Paul has taught for 10 years in Barnet schools with his first 3 years in teaching spent at Mill Hill County High School. Prior to teaching Paul worked in academia, first gaining a PhD then working in research at several universities. His work focused on how cells respond to external stimuli including using nematode worms to model the biochemistry of depression (worms on Prozac). Paul hopes to use his real world experience of science alongside his teaching experience to develop outstanding STEM provision for all students at the Archer Academy.

Mr-GilloResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of PE
Previous professional position: Head of PE
Academic background: BSc (Hons) in Sports Science at the University of Wales (Swansea); PGCE at Southampton University

Richard is an enthusiastic, approachable teacher who brings creative ideas from a variety of backgrounds to his subject. He is a firm believer that PE is not just for those who are gifted at sport, and is passionate about the other opportunities for development, such as sports science and the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, that his subject offers.

An outstanding teacher, with experience of running the PE department at two different schools, Richard was heavily involved in the planning and development of his department’s vision at the Petchey Academy in Hackney, where his achievements include overseeing a dramatic rise in A*-C grades in PE, and contributing to the development of an A level PE course.

harrison-micheleResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Business Manager

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Finance Director

latter-leoResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of SEND and Inclusion
Previous professional position: Head of SEND Faculty
Academic background: BA (Hons) in Geography and Social Science from the University of Sussex; Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Geography) from the Institute of Education, University of Sussex.

Leo joined us from Fortismere School, where he was the head of the SEND Faculty for two years. He oversaw all aspects of SEND provision as well as line managing the learning mentor team, EAL provision, school counsellors and careers advisor. He headed up a multi-disciplinary team and performed a range of duties as a member of the school’s extended senior leadership team.

Prior to this Leo worked at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School for five years. He held a range of different roles during this time: Head of Year, SENCo and Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion). He led whole school changes to SEN systems and curriculum delivery in Key Stage 4 in order to narrow the gap between SEN and non-SEN students. He was also the Designated Child Protection Officer.

Leo has a range of pastoral and SEN experience, including working in a Pupil Referral Unit in the London Borough of Camden for three years. His continuing professional development has enriched his abilities as a reflective practitioner, team worker and leader. He has participated in a range of intensive development courses including: ‘Aspiring Senior Leaders’ at the National College; ‘Leading from the Middle’ at the Institute of Education; a year long National Programme for Specialist Leaders in Behaviour and Attendance; and a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation.

Leo is a passionate geographer who is keen to teach students the relevance of Geography in today’s world; he is particularly interested in environmental geography and issues of sustainability. He loves the big outdoors, including walking, climbing and wild camping.

Heads of year

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of Year 7
Previous professional position: Assistant Head of House
Academic background: BA Hons Spanish and English at the University of Leicester; PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages at University College London

Amber joined us from the Oasis Academy Hadley in Enfield, where she held a pastoral role responsible for the attendance, punctuality and pastoral care of a house group of approximately 200 students. There, she completed her training with TeachFirst and was graded as an ‘outstanding’ participant.

Amber’s vision for her pupils as a motivational teacher means providing students with a broader sense of education and in her previous school she contributed enormously in raising the profile of languages.

Amber is passionate about the pastoral care of children and she believes that a child’s wellbeing is a fundamental element of achieving educational success.

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of Year 8
Previous professional position: Head of Boys’ Physical Education and Sport
Academic background: BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University; Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Physical Education at London Metropolitan University.

Jamie joined us from Mill Hill County High School in Barnet where he was graded as an outstanding teacher. He was responsible for both boys’ Physical Education and Sport as well as the school’s outdoor education programme. Jamie is an experienced teacher of GCSE and A-Level, specialising in Sports Psychology. He was instrumental in the resurgence of boys’ sporting success at Mill Hill County, leading sports teams to borough honours, as well as county and national achievements.

Jamie is passionate about pastoral care and believes whole-heartedly in a personalised learning approach in the classroom, an approach which he strives to replicate in the pastoral system. Teaching and supporting young people in discovering the importance of respecting themselves and others, making good decisions and preparing students for adult life is a top priority. Jamie works to promote a growth mindset in all young people, promoting hard work, resilience and the acceptance of all of life’s challenges.

AHumphreyResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of Year 9
Previous professional position: Head of Music
Academic background: Bachelor of Social Science (HONS), Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester; PGCE in Music at Middlesex

Alice came to us from JCoSS in Barnet, where she was graded an outstanding Music teacher. She previously worked in a long-standing outstanding department at St George’s School in Hertfordshire, where she held responsibility for the Key Stage 3 curriculum and teaching A Level.

Alice has studied Singing, Clarinet and Piano to Grade 8 standard, and also has Grade 8 in Music Theory. She completed a conducting apprenticeship with Murray Hipkin (ENO) and has conducted adult and youth choirs across the UK, in venues including St John Smiths’ Square and Cadogan Hall in London. In her previous schools, Alice has raised the extra-curricular profile of her subject, encouraging greater numbers in all singing and instrumental groups. Alice feels that Music is vital to the fabric of any school.

savage-thomasResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of Year 10, Teacher of English and Media
Previous professional position: Director of Conduct and Core Values, Teacher of English, History and P.E at Beaufort Academy
Academic background: BA (Hons) in American Studies at the University of Hull. GTP at Middlesex University

Tom brings five years of teaching experience to the Archer Academy, including three years teaching overseas at the prestigious Beaufort Academy in South Carolina. Tom also previously worked at the outstanding Compton School in Friern Barnet, and was responsible for developing the use of new technology and training within their English department. At Beaufort Academy, Tom was part of the leadership team responsible for behaviour management. He created and put in place a new school-wide behaviour plan and was part of the school’s development board.

Tom has a passion for literature and for using new technology to enhance students’ learning. He has previously produced a web-TV series which his students wrote, produced and starred in, and helped students to produce a short film which placed third in the 2013 S.C. Young Filmmakers Competition. He has also directed two school plays, the one-act ‘Free’ and a dinner theatre production of ‘Oliver Twist.’ Tom also coached boys and girls football with a record of forty-six wins and three losses. His girls’ football team went undefeated for two seasons.

English department

Tom Savage, featured above, is also a teacher of English and Media.

Caoimh Hyland, featured below, is also a teacher of English and Head of Extended Project


victor-elizabethResponsibility at the Archer Academy:
Head of English
Previous professional position: Deputy Head of English; Key Stage 3 Coordinator
Academic background: BA (Hons) in English at the University of the West of England; PGCE in Secondary English at the University of the West of England

Liz is a highly-regarded teacher, mentor and team player from Friern Barnet School where she has built collaborative relationships with staff, students and parents. As a successful deputy head of department and Key Stage 3 coordinator, she made a significant contribution to the development of her team’s raising attainment plan, resulting in year on year improvements at GCSE level. She was also responsible for management tasks such as creating schemes of learning, carrying out performance management reviews and observing lessons.

Liz has consistently been graded an outstanding teacher and is particularly experienced at differentiating between the individual learning abilities of her students to raise the attainment of all. She took the initiative to organise and implement her previous school’s first gifted and talented programme, and created and ran an Assessing Pupil Progress pilot that she subsequently shared with other departments.

walker-francesResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Second in English
Previous professional position: Teacher of English
Academic Background: BA (HONS) English with Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University; Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Secondary English at the Institute of Education

Frances joined the Archer Academy in September 2016 from St Thomas More Catholic School in Wood Green, where she was consistently graded as an outstanding English teacher. She has been a member of St Thomas More’s English department for over three years, with responsibility for coordinating the Key Stage 3 English and Literacy curriculum, as well as teaching A level English Literature.

Frances was a highly regarded English teacher within her department at St Thomas More, making significant contributions to the Key Stage 3 curriculum and PGCE subject mentoring scheme. In addition to this, Frances has consistently collaborated with staff in planning and creating schemes of work for English Language and Literature lessons, and is responsible for leading professional development sessions within her department for literacy based pedagogy.

Responsibility at the Archer Academy:  Teacher of English

hopkins-tomResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of English
Previous professional position: Trainee Teacher of English
Academic background: BA (Hons) Acting from Rose Bruford College

Having trained for the past year at an outstanding central London school, Tom is delighted to begin his career as an English teacher at the Archer Academy. With his love of literature he brings a boundless enthusiasm to the day-to-day school life.

Prior to his training, Tom worked in Theatre in Education, touring throughout the country, deepening his belief that Drama enlivens and enriches the teaching of English. In preparation for his training he took the rigorous and intense CELTA course that gave him a thorough knowledge of English grammar and especially how to support students who struggle with English as an Additional Language.

Tom also worked for a year in the SEND department at his previous school, providing him with a clear understanding of how to cater for students of all needs.

Tom is particularly passionate about poetry and is looking forward to bringing a ‘Poetry Society’ to the Archer Academy.

Mathematics department

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of Maths
Previous Professional Position: Second in Maths at a large mixed comprehensive, and previously Head of KS4 Maths at an outstanding girls’ grammar school.
Academic Background: BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Bristol, PGCE in Mathematics from Oxford University.

Clare has a record of consistently outstanding observations and exam results in her own teaching, from Year 7 to Year 13, and genuinely enjoys enthusing and challenging students, from leading a team to win the regional finals of the Team Maths Challenge, to preparing students for Oxbridge entry Maths exams. Working in an outstanding grammar school, she rewrote the scheme of work for years 7-10 to increase the level of challenge in lessons significantly, and worked across the Maths team to embed a wide range of rich and innovative teaching strategies. As Second in Maths in a mixed comprehensive, Clare has made rigorous use of data to develop an extensive range of strategies to raise achievement across Year 11, resulting in a substantial increase in progress across the year group and particularly for pupil premium students.

Clare is strongly committed to students thinking and acting as real mathematicians, with exceptional creativity and resilience when tackling very challenging problems, and deep conceptual understanding underpinned by rich imagery.

ShalsallResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Second in Mathematics
Previous professional position: Teacher of Mathematics
Academic background: BSc(Joint Hons) in Mathematics with Teaching at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Sarah qualified and spent several years teaching in Scotland. During this time, she worked in a Glasgow city school and a small rural school, as well as tutoring both KS3 and GCSE students. Sarah has been involved in the implementation of A Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland and brings her experience of this active teaching approach to the Archer Academy.

Sarah is passionate about her subject and has received high praise for both her one-to-one work with students and her ability to demonstrate through her lessons the importance and uses of mathematics outside of education.

AnaylorResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Mathematics
Previous professional position: Trainee Teacher of Mathematics
Academic background: MEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham; PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at Middlesex University

Adam has come to us with a background in Civil Engineering. Having trained in this field, he soon realised that his true passion lies in teaching and he now brings this passion into the classroom, showing students how mathematics can be applied practically, both in the workplace and in everyday life.

Adam’s teaching style places a strong emphasis on valuing the contribution of the individual and instilling a sense of confidence and enthusiasm within every student. He also prides himself on being able to communicate challenging concepts to students of all ability levels in a clear and meaningful way. Adam has a keen interest in web development which he plans to share with students through the school’s enrichment programme.

Responsibility: Teacher of Maths, Data Manager
Previous professional position: Teacher of Mathematics, Data Manager
Academic background: Degree in Maths & Economics, London School of Economics; PGCE from The Institute of Education, London

Michael joined us from St Edwards’ Church of England school, where he was graded as an outstanding teacher. He held a similar responsibility as Data Manager there, although previously to that he was Stretch & Challenge Coordinator across the school. Outside of teaching he was the NASUWT representative, safeguarding the interests of some 50 or so staff members, as well as being a teacher governor. He has also worked at Queen Elizabeth’s’ Girls School in Barnet.

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Mathematics.
Previous professional position: Trainee teacher of Mathematics
Academic background: BSc Hons in Mathematical Science at City University London; PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at the Institute of Education, UCL.

Nazmin is delighted to be starting her career at the Archer Academy as a Maths teacher. In the last year she has completed her training through the PGCE programme at the Institute of Education, UCL. Throughout her training she has successfully taken full responsibility over a variety of classes, having the opportunity to work with pupils with a range of abilities.

Nazmin strongly believes in developing a conceptual understanding of mathematics and realises the importance of making links between maths and real life applications, she is looking forward to doing this using the new Maths Mastery programme.

Science department

Paul Morrison, featured above, also leads the Science department

bowles-claireResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Science
Academic Background: BSc. (Hons) Biochemistry and Genetics University of Nottingham; PGCE in Science University of Nottingham

Claire joins the Archer Academy with two years of teaching experience at a large comprehensive school in Northampton. She has taught all three sciences at KS3 and KS4, and KS5 Biology. This experience has made her well prepared to support students with successful exam techniques. Teaching a large number of bilingual students and those with a wide range of abilities has meant she has become skilled in differentiating and supporting all learners. She is passionate about planning lessons which make science engaging and fun.

In her previous school, she established and ran a popular KS3 science club which allowed pupils to develop these important experimental and investigation skills.

Claire is keen to inspire more students to consider a career in science or engineering; she is conscious that success in these areas are built on a solid and broad scientific understanding that begins at school.

Responsibility: Teacher of Science
Previous position: Community Outdoor Learning and Engagement Officer (London Wildlife Trust)
Academic background: Miss Milligan studied for a BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology at Queen Mary University in London. She then continued on to study for an MSc in Aquatic Ecology by Research. She completed her research projects on the effects of climate change in the Rift Valley lakes in Kenya, as well as invasive species in London rivers. After working in outdoor environmental education, she then completed a teaching degree (PGCE) at the UCL Institute of Education, specialising in Science.

Following her MSc, Miss Milligan worked as a Learning Support Assistant, working with SEND learners in a special school in South London. After volunteering for the London Wildlife Trust she then worked as an outdoor environmental educator based in nature reserves across London. She has a particular interest in teaching and learning science outside the classroom and is an expert in ecology and environmental teaching. She hopes to bring her skills in ecology research and outdoor education to help develop the science department and pupils at Archer Academy.

Josh WickResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Science
Previous professional position: Trainee Teacher of Science
Academic background: BSc (Hons) in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University; PGCE in Science with Biology at the Institute of Education (UCL)

Josh joined the Archer Academy in its third year, and is delighted to enthrall Archer students in the wonders of science. He specialises in the Biological Sciences based on his keen interest in neuroscience and biological psychology.

Josh has years of experience working with young people in many different areas, all of which have developed his commitment to them. He has run summer camps in Wales since 2008, at which he led young people of a range of ages. Josh has also worked with ChildLine as a helpline counsellor, listening and helping young people overcome difficult situations.

Josh has a great enthusiasm for teaching and facilitating the development of young people. He hopes to organise many trips and events for Archer Academy students to experience and enjoy the wider-world perspectives in education.

Dr-LeeResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Science Technician
Previous professional position: Senior Science Technician in a Barnet secondary school, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Kings College London, St Thomas’ Hospital London
Academic background: PhD Synthetic Organic Chemistry, BSc (Hon) Applied Chemistry

Roz is responsible for the operation of the school’s science laboratory, including playing a key part in keeping everyone safe while the students gain practical experience and see science in action. With a background in scientific research – Dr Lee has had papers published in journals such as The Lancet – she is looking forward to helping students explore an increasingly advanced level of science in the years ahead.

Responsibility at the Archer Academy:  Teacher of Science and Mathematics

kaenga-kainduResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Science Technician
Academic background: Bsc (Hons) Forensic Science at University of the West of England

Kaindu’s interest for science was developed and shaped through her educational background. During her years at secondary school, Kaindu believes it was the advice and influences from her teachers and adults in her life that drove and motivated her into pursuing a degree that both excited and captivated her. It is Kaindu’s past experiences that have led her to the Archer Academy, where she hopes she can help, inspire and advance the skills of Archer students.

Humanities department

Miss_DeviResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of History
Academic background: BA (Hons) in History at School of Oriental and African Studies (UOL); PCGE at the Institute of Education
Previous professional positions: Learning Support Assistant; Learning Mentor

Mogana is very excited about contributing to the rich and vibrant leaning environment of the Archer Academy. She has come to us with varied experience of working with young people at two large comprehensive London secondary schools. She is well experienced in working with students of all abilities, backgrounds and learning needs.

Mogana’s passion for working with young people also led to her volunteering work in schools in Kenya and India where she showed enthusiasm, resilience and adaptability. Mogana is a history specialist whose creative lessons always cater to the varied learning styles of her students. Her enthusiasm for teaching and working with young people is strongly evident in everything she does.

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of Geography
Previous professional position: Teacher of Geography
Academic background: BSc Geography at Loughborough University, PGCE at the Institute of Education at the University of London, currently completing an MA in Geography Education at IOE.

Simran is delighted to be working at the Archer Academy as Head of Geography. She has joined us from a London Haringey school, where she nurtured and developed Geography students through the school’s first cohort of year 11s. Whilst there, she contributed to the whole-school literacy programme and EAL department greatly. Simran soon learnt she thrived upon a new school environment, which ultimately attracted her to the Archer Academy. She has lived within our local community since birth, and completed her own primary and secondary education in neighbouring schools in the area.

Simran deeply values the importance of education outside the classroom, through enrichment and extra curricular learning. In her final year whilst studying for her undergraduate degree, she immersed herself into leading societies and partaking in enrichment classes. These ultimately led her to becoming head-hunted by entrepreneur James Khan to lead his project, which was launched through an exclusive event at Buckingham Palace!

In a true Geographers style, Simran enjoys travelling in her spare time and exploring different cultures.

Daniel BerkleyResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Humanities
Previous professional position: Teacher of History, Broomfield School, Enfield
Academic background: BA (Hons) in Politics and Modern History at the University of Manchester; PGCE in History at the Institute of Education.

With an extensive background in voluntary youth work, Daniel entered teaching through the Teach First programme, whose aim is to end educational disadvantage by recruiting outstanding graduates to teach at under performing schools.

Teach First placed him at Broomfield School in Enfield, which had at the time been put into special measures by Ofsted. In this environment, primarily as a History teacher, he developed a firm belief in the value of strong relationships between teachers and students and built a reputation as a teacher who was willing to go the extra mile to support each student individually.

Daniel’s greatest passions in teaching reflect his own travel and experiences. He loves to teach about the History of the Middle East, where he volunteered for a year before university as well as the History of American Slavery and Civil Rights, reflecting his travels through the American South.

Daniel is also hugely enthused about teaching Thematic Learning and the opportunity it affords students to explore topics without the arbitrary barriers of academic subjects.

Sophia InglebyResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Geography and Humanities
Previous professional position: First Aid Trainer, Trainee Teacher of Geography
Academic background: BSc (Hons) in Geography at the University of Sheffield. PGCE in Geography at the University of Birmingham.

Sophia is delighted to be beginning her teaching career at the Archer Academy. She previously trained in Birmingham, teaching at two inner city Birmingham schools. Her broad scientific and social science background makes her a truly rounded and able teacher of Geography, History and Thematic Learning.

Sophia takes great pride in her creative and engaging lessons, connecting with and captivating students’ imaginations. She is a fully qualified First Aid trainer, having taught adult learners for four years, and hopes to offer this as a useful and fulfilling enrichment option for students, and eventually the wider Archer community.

Judith VandeveldeResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Humanities
Previous professional position: Senior Educator, The Jewish Museum
Academic background: BA (Hons) in Ancient and Modern History at Oxford University, Worcester College; PGCE Secondary History from the Open University.

Judith spent nine very successful years at the Jewish Museum, prior to which she taught Humanities in two London secondary schools, specialising in History GCSE and A-Level. She was recognised as an outstanding teacher by Ofsted and within the museum sector, where she was acknowledged as an expert in the delivery of Judaism, History and the Holocaust. She is keen to bring techniques from museum learning into the classroom as a way of enriching the study of the Humanities.

Drawing on her considerable experience, Judith brings some of the pedagogy from the heritage sector into the Archer’s enrichment and thematic learning programmes. In particular, she hopes to draw on her extensive knowledge of the Holocaust and the use of oral archives in advancing students’ appreciation of the recent past.

In her previous posts Judith was acknowledged as a creative and reflective practitioner and she is keen that this is something which is imparted to students as the basis for success at school and beyond.

Classics department

CMcCarthy

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of Classics and Extended Project, teacher of English.
Previous professional position: Trainee Teacher of English
Academic background: BA (Hons) in English and Classical Civilisations at the National University of Ireland

Caoimh is delighted to be lead Classics and the Extended Project, as well as continuing to teach English. She will be focusing on ensuring that Classics students are fully prepared for their GCSEs and leading field trips to develop their understanding of the ancient world. The Extended Project enables students to acquire a range of academic skills to support their progress across all subjects though a dissertation style final piece on a topic of the student’s choice.

Caoimh started her career as an English teacher at the Archer Academy, having trained through the Schools Direct Programme (with PGCE). During her training she was part of the English department of an outstanding north London academy, where she was involved in creating schemes of work and specialised in developing differentiated lessons for students with special educational needs.

Prior to entering the teaching profession Caoimh, who is a qualified sub-editor, worked for a wide range of local and national publications in both the UK and Ireland.

Responsibility at the Archer Academy:  Teacher of Latin 

Modern Foreign Languages department

GMcMullanResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Previous professional position: Teacher of French and Italian.
Academic background: MA (Hons) in French and Italian at the University of Glasgow; PGCE in Secondary Modern Languages at Strathclyde University.

Gemma joined the Archer Academy with several years’ experience of teaching Modern Foreign Languages in both Scotland and England, where she has a record of outstanding teaching. She introduced Italian to the curriculum in her previous post and developed an innovative and challenging scheme of learning which pushed the subject to the top of the MFL performance table in its first year. She was also involved in curriculum development and is using this experience to drive forward the Thematic Learning curriculum at the Archer Academy.

Gemma has led a range of enquiry based learning projects and successfully embedded ‘Building Learning Power’ into the MFL curriculum in her previous school in order to promote lifelong learning. She is continuing her work in these areas in order to stimulate curiosity, bring learning to life and support the Archer Academy’s vision. Gemma has also carried out research and training in differentiation and is applying this to developing provision and opportunities for the Archer Academy’s many highly able, gifted and talented students.

Irene CanaveraResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Previous professional position: Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Academic background: BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from the University of Cordoba, Spain, and the University of Hull; BA in Primary Education from the University of Cordoba, Spain; MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain; PGCE in Spanish and French from the University of Leeds

Irene came to the Archer Academy with three years’ experience teaching Spanish and French at secondary schools in Yorkshire, and two years’ experience teaching Spanish to adults at the Instituto Cervantes in Leeds. She has also been involved in the organization of cross-curricular school trips abroad, to Spain and to France.

Irene believes that a language is directly linked to its culture and therefore, it is important that students understand the latter as well as the language itself. Furthermore, students should be able to communicate independently in the foreign language, paying special attention to their speaking skills. She strongly believes that school trips abroad offer a wide range of skills to students and is determined to make her students passionate about speaking other languages.

Miss-ChocarroResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish)
Previous professional position: Teacher of Modern Foreign languages (Spanish) for adults at a School for Languages
Academic background: BA (Hons) in European Studies at the University of North London & Universidad Complutense de Madrid & Universidad de la Habana; Cambridge Certificate in the Teaching of Spanish to Adults

A native Spanish speaker, Gloria has been working as an adult language teacher for a considerable number of years. She has successfully combined this with tutoring students for GCSEs and A levels in Spanish. This experience and her enthusiasm for languages will contribute to the development of the MFL department at the Archer Academy.

Gloria strongly believes that a language is to be spoken as often as possible and she is passionate about encouraging students of all abilities to speak the language.

Else TheveResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of French and Spanish
Previous professional position: Trainee Teacher of French and Spanish
Academic background: BA in English and American Studies at Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3, France; Masters in English and American Studies at Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3, France; PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages at King’s College London.

Elisa is a native French speaker who worked for a year in a secondary school in Dublin after finishing her bachelor degree. She moved to the UK to work as a French language assistant in a preparatory school for boys in Buckinghamshire, after achieving a Masters specialising in American literature.

During her training at King’s College, Elisa worked in a variety of contexts which enabled her to work with students from different backgrounds and with different learning needs.

She truly believes that languages are a way to open doors into other cultures and give students the skills to engage with a changing world.

Elisa is determined to ensure that her students develop a thirst for languages, a natural curiosity and desire to reach their full potential and excel.

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: MFL Teaching assistant.

Art, Design & Technology department

Mr_PearsonResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of Art, Design & Technology
Previous professional position: Teacher of Design & Technology
Academic background: BA (Hons) at the University of Greenwich in Design & Technology with QTS
Darren is an outstanding teacher who has experience in redesigning the curriculum and developing his subject area to provide stimulating and challenging lessons. He has excellent subject knowledge and brings a wealth of experience to the subject, from both his previous work as a carpenter on international projects and his training and development as a teacher of Design & Technology.

Darren is particularly adept at differentiating between levels of ability as well as integrating technology and ICT into his lessons. This includes the use of iPad apps to support and enhance learning. Always keen to share successful practice with other teams and individuals, Darren was instrumental in developing the use of technology in his previous school, running insets on how to integrate technology into lessons. This is an area that Darren is enjoying developing at the Archer Academy.

au-wing-yiResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Design & Technology
Previous professional position: Head of Graphics, Wembley High Technology College
Academic background: BA (Hons) Design and Technology at Goldsmiths College, University of London; PGCE in Design & Technology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Wing has shown herself to be an outstanding teacher with the effective use of assessment for learning. She is particularly good at using target setting and rigorous assessment to motivate GCSE students in order to achieve outstanding results.

Wing is passionate about Origami and hoping to share this oriental art with students through the enrichment programme. She is an enthusiastic teacher who is determined to instil her love of Design & Technology in her students.

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Art
Previous professional position:  Head of ADT at The Archer Academy
Head of Faculty at Highbury Grove School
Academic background: BA (HONS) Fine Art University Wales Institute Cardiff, PGCE in Art and Design Cardiff University

Kat is an outstanding teacher, who having worked as Head of Faculty for many years has returned from Maternity leave to teach Art and Design.  Kat believes in the individual student and that all needs must be catered to, consequently she has designed an Art and Design curriculum that plays to all students strengths and includes a wide variety of classic and contemporary practices, including pottery and modroc.  Kat is very glad to be back at The Archer and is keen to see how her students skills have developed.

ashraf-nimraResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Art

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Art & Design Technician

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Art and design technician

Academic background: BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design. MA in Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute.

Alice is a practising artist who works part-time at the Archer Academy. Her work is centred on making things that are grand in appearance but light enough in physical weight to carry on the back of her bicycle.

Creative & Performing Arts department

Miss-RandallResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of Creative and Performing Arts
Previous professional position: Director of Learning (Dance)
Academic background: BA (Hons) in Dance and Culture at the University of Surrey; PGCE at the University of Bedfordshire; AQA GCSE Dance Practical Examiner

Kayleigh is an outstanding teacher and faculty leader who has extensive experience in redesigning the curriculum. Her strategic planning and department leadership at Sandringham School led to a direct increase in participation as well as record breaking results. She also worked closely with primary schools to deliver schemes of learning and community production projects that have been shown to raise both attainment and potential.

Always keen to share successful practice with other teams and individuals, Kayleigh has also trained and mentored newly qualified teachers in a cross-county role as an NQT training consultant. She is an experienced provider of enrichment activities and is thoroughly enjoying engaging our students in the Creative Arts both within and outside the curriculum.

Responsibility: Head of Music
Previous Position: Head of Music at Bow School, Tower Hamlets.
Academic background: Cat has a BSc (Hons) in Music, Commercial Composition and Technology from the University of Hertfordshire and a PGCE in Secondary Music from the Institute of Education, UCL. She is in the final stages of an MA in Music Education, also from the Institute of Education, UCL. Particular interests lie in choral singing, musical theatre, music technology and studio recording.

Cat is a very keen singer and can be found performing regularly with the Fourth Choir. She is also an avid triathlete and competes at Olympic and Sprint distance events. Always ambitious and never one to rest on her laurels, she is looking forward to training for her first marathon and half-ironman distance events in 2017.

Andrew DeanResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Drama
Academic background: BA (Hons) Drama and Applied Theatre in Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; PGCE in Drama at Manchester Metropolitan University
Andrew comes to us with a broad performance background having experience performing and directing a variety of theatre styles from Forum Theatre to Shakespeare and Immersive Puppetry Theatre.

Andrew is passionate about how the arts can contribute both creatively and academically to the school. He is committed to ensuring effective differentiation to equip all students to strive in Drama, whether through performing, directing or devising. He believes Drama is a gateway to new ideas, creative thinking and personal development.

ArodfordResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Drama

Anja has come to us from a theatre background, having worked as an actress for many years. It was whilst working with Theatre in Education companies, travelling to schools all over the country and working with all key stages across the curriculum, that she decided she wanted to work in education full time.

Anja is very excited about joining the Archer Academy and working closely with the Creative and Performing Arts department to nurture the student’s creative potential.

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Lead Associate Teacher

Mark has come to us from a film/theatre background, having worked as an actor for a few years. Mark has worked successfully in both a primary and secondary school and felt it was a vocational calling to join the Archer Academy.

Mark is ecstatic about joining the Archer Academy and working closely with the Creative and Performing Arts department to nurture the students’ creative potential.

Miss-HackingResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Dance and Drama

PE department

Jamie McSherry, featured above, is also a PE Teacher

Mr-GilloResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of PE
Previous professional position: Head of PE
Academic background: BSc (Hons) in Sports Science at the University of Wales (Swansea); PGCE at Southampton University

Richard is an enthusiastic, approachable teacher who brings creative ideas from a variety of backgrounds to his subject. He is a firm believer that PE is not just for those who are gifted at sport, and is passionate about the other opportunities for development, such as sports science and the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, that his subject offers.

An outstanding teacher, with experience of running the PE department at two different schools, Richard was heavily involved in the planning and development of his department’s vision at the Petchey Academy in Hackney, where his achievements include overseeing a dramatic rise in A*-C grades in PE, and contributing to the development of an A level PE course.

James HepworthResponsibility at the Archer Academy:  Second in PE
Previous professional position: Head of Year
Academic background: BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Exercise and Health; PGCE in Physical Education, both from Leeds Metropolitan University

Prior to joining the Archer Academy, James spent four years working in Hackney as a lead in GCSE PE and a head of year. He brings a wealth of teaching experience to the Archer Academy, including having overseen the development of the GCSE and A-level curricula in his subject.

James is working hard to support each and every student in Year 8 with everything from their option choices to their resilience, as well as promoting the development of Honours Thinking across all school areas. He is an enthusiastic user of technology in the classroom to support the growing opportunities to all students in the as yet unknown future jobs market.

Prior to teaching, James worked both in the UK and abroad, within public and private sectors including as a sports development co-ordinator for a national charity working with vulnerable young people as well as coaching and teaching. He continues to work with professional sports clubs across the UK by coaching and identifying key talent in various sports. He is himself a keen sportsman who has competed across all distances from sprint to iron distance races.

KalcockResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teacher of PE
Previous professional position: Athletics Manager
Academic background: BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Exeter.

Katie came to us from a sporting background having previously worked at Allianz Park, organising and managing a wide variety of sporting events including community, club and international athletics competitions.

She is a specialist sports coach who has coached grass roots athletics for children aged 8-14 for 10 years, and is particularly interested in getting every child active and involved in sport irrespective of ability.

Katie is working closely with the PE department to develop PE in the curriculum and build a physical education programme for girls. She is responsible for the girls’ fixtures and runs the girls’ netball and football enrichment clubs.

Head of SEND and Inclusion

latter-leoResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Head of SEND and Inclusion
Previous professional position: Head of SEND Faculty
Academic background: BA (Hons) in Geography and Social Science from the University of Sussex; Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Geography) from the Institute of Education, University of Sussex.

Leo joined us from Fortismere School, where he was the head of the SEND Faculty for two years. He oversaw all aspects of SEND provision as well as line managing the learning mentor team, EAL provision, school counsellors and careers advisor. He headed up a multi-disciplinary team and performed a range of duties as a member of the school’s extended senior leadership team.

Prior to this Leo worked at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School for five years. He held a range of different roles during this time: Head of Year, SENCo and Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion). He led whole school changes to SEN systems and curriculum delivery in Key Stage 4 in order to narrow the gap between SEN and non-SEN students. He was also the Designated Child Protection Officer.

Leo has a range of pastoral and SEN experience, including working in a Pupil Referral Unit in the London Borough of Camden for three years. His continuing professional development has enriched his abilities as a reflective practitioner, team worker and leader. He has participated in a range of intensive development courses including: ‘Aspiring Senior Leaders’ at the National College; ‘Leading from the Middle’ at the Institute of Education; a year long National Programme for Specialist Leaders in Behaviour and Attendance; and a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation.

Leo is a passionate geographer who is keen to teach students the relevance of Geography in today’s world; he is particularly interested in environmental geography and issues of sustainability. He loves the big outdoors, including walking, climbing and wild camping.

Miss-QuilleyResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Lead learning support

Miss-TownleyResponsibility at the Archer Academy: SEND administrator

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Associate Teacher

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Teaching Assistant

Miss_FelicResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teaching Assistant

kedziora-paulinaResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teaching assistant

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Medical teaching assistant

rahman-sadiaResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teaching assistant

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Medical teaching assistant

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Learning mentor

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Learning mentor

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Learning mentor

bickers-kathrynneResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Associate Teacher

Teaching support

GWolfeResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Librarian

Finance department

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Finance Director

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Finance officer

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Finance assistant

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Finance assistant

Medical Team

Miss-BalmanResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Admissions and welfare manager

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Medical and welfare officer

LamhandazResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Teaching assistant/Medical support

Administrative support

csaky-justineResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Headteacher’s PA

Miss-NevilleResponsibility at the Archer Academy: HR Manager

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Office manager

rodrigues-joanaResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Reception, Upper School (morning)

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Reception, Upper School (afternoon)

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Reception, Lower School

Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Reception, Lower School

 Responsibility at the Archer Academy: IT Manager

staff Responsibility at the Archer Academy: IT

 Responsibility at the Archer Academy: Reprographics officer

Premises Team

alcock-andrewResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Premises manager

Miss-RussoResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Caretaker

garcia-cascallana-marcosResponsibility at the Archer Academy: Caretaker