Dan Steel - Principal
BA (Hons), QTS, NPQH
My favourite book is James Kerr’s Legacy. The author goes deep into the heart of the world’s most successful sporting team the legendary All Blacks to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership. This book provides a perspective on how to stay the best, the secrets of sustained success and how to maintain exceptional standards day after day, week after week and how we can turn our vision into action.
My educational philosophy: I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. We need to guide children to develop their potential by believing in themselves as capable individuals. As educators we need to assist children to discover who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. It is our job to help children learn to respect, accept, and embrace the challenges of life ahead.
An interesting fact: I played semi-professional football for Bromley and Aveley.
Stuart Bryce – Vice Principal
My favourite book is Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed. The book challenges how we think about success by changing our attitude to failure. Failure shouldn’t be shameful and stigmatising, but exciting and enlightening. The author draws on an array of case studies and real-world examples to reveal how creative breakthroughs always begin with multiple failures. It is not just about sport, business or politics and looks at an approach to finding high performance in a complex and fast changing world. The story shows how success really happens and how we cannot grow unless we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.
My educational philosophy: is that a successful school is one where all learners feel safe and valued. If we allow children to dream, then we can support them to dream big. The reason I became a teacher is that someone believed in me. They supported, coached and inspired me but most of all cared. I think it is vital every child feels a part of the school they attend and I am committed to providing an environment in which every child can succeed.
An interesting fact: Last year we got a dog with the idea of training her to become a therapy dog.
Dan Walters - Vice Principal
BSc (Hons), QTS
My favourite book is The Hidden Lives of Learners by Graham Nuthall. My favourite book is always the one I am currently reading. This book is fascinating as it looks at what is going on in a classroom beyond what is controlled by the teacher. Its suggests there are layers of thought in the classroom, the first is directed by the teacher, the second is the social interactions and the third is the most private but is where the learning happens.
My educational philosophy: The close link between the quality of a child's education and their life chances is the reason I first started teaching over 20 years ago. I never want to see a child's potential or future choices limited. This remains my motivation as a senior leader where I strive to provide the best education possible for the young people I have the privilege to work with.
An interesting fact: As a young teacher I entered my school's talent show where I juggled fire clubs and finished with fire breathing.
Argyrios Kalogiannopoulos - Assistant Vice Principal
BASc , B.Ed, NPQML, AMTLA
Physical Education and Health Studies
My favourite book is Homeland by R.A. Salvatore. The trials and tribulations of a Drow or dark elf who doesn't meet the conformist ideologies of a typical Drow society. Through hard work, passion and determination he casts off the mantle of being Drow and works towards securing a better future for himself. I love this book because it espouses that with a single mindedness focus anything can be achieved.
My educational philosophy: All students deserve a world class education system, where they can thrive and fulfill their potential in an environment that is conducive to learning and happiness: To become adaptable leaders in meeting the challenges of tomorrow.
An interesting fact: I am bilingual.
Norma Mushoriwa - Assistant Vice Principal
BA, PGCE, QTS, NPQSL, AMTLA
English and Economic History
My favourite book is 'Nervous Conditions' by the Zimbabwean born Tsitsi Dangarembga. The story presents a brutally realistic portrayal of the gender politics (and by products of this), in a Zimbabwean family and society at large. At the centre of this is a little girl, who is trying to not only define herself through formal education, but survive in a complex world, where adult politics forget that the future belongs to young children. 'Nervous Conditions' is a resonant and eloquent testimony of the struggles of being a woman in Africa and overcoming this oppression through education.
My educational philosophy: I believe that unless those who have chosen to educate the young people of the world, do so with integrity, passion and knowledge - that future is bleak for all concerned, especially our young people. It is through education that real freedom is gained; so we owe our young people the best education we can afford them, in an increasingly socially complex and economically challenged world.
An interesting fact: I played basketball for Zimbabwe in secondary school and went on to coach the Senior School Girls' National Team.
Michelle Pye - Assistant Vice Principal
My favourite book is George Orwell's 1984. The book is set in a fictional dystopian future where everyone is watched by Big Brother and no one has freedom of thought. As a sociologist, the story, although based in a fictional world and was written just after World War 2, has many comparisons to the postmodern world we live in today. The Big Brother within the book challenges us to consider the restrictive and controlling nature technology and media has on our individual lives and our freedom.
My educational philosophy: Every young person deserves the opportunity and has the ability to be successful. There are many barriers to success in life and education is a powerful tool to overcome them. However, sociological research shows us that certain groups of students are at more of a disadvantage than others when moving through the educaiton system. It is our job as educators, leaders, and professionals to do everything we can to remove those barriers and provide routes for young people to experience success.
An interesting fact: I have run 3 marathons and completed a half IronMan distance triathlon.
Dawn Ironside - Associate Assistant Principal and Director of Maths
BA (Hons), GTP
My favourite book is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is full of adventure and magical creatures but hidden within the story are some very important life lessons.
My educational philosophy: I believe it is essential to develop a growth mindset in students and teachers alike. This will enable us to drive motivation and achievement in everything we do.
An interesting fact: I've won a few competitions singing and I used to live in Norway.
Rakib Miah - Associate Assistant Principal and Director of Technology
BSc (Hons), PGCE, QTS
My favourite book is The Art of Innovation - Tom Kelley. An insight into the creative thinking behind some of great product creations of our time.
My educational philosophy: As teachers we are here to inspire and support young people to fulfil their true potential. It is our job to offer wisdom and nurture pupils to becoming the best they can be. There is no greater job then working with young people.
An interesting fact: Before teaching I owned my design company and attended many design shows in prestigious places. One of the guests was Her Majesty the Queen who spoke to myself and business partner about the products on show.
Irene Shalo - Associate Assistant Principal and Deputy Head of Science
HND Pharmaceutical Science, BSc (Hons), PGCE, QTS
My favourite book is The Secret by Rhonda Bryne, is a self help philosophy book based on the Law of attraction. The book highlights the importance of gratitude and visualisation, as well as improving relationships, health and many more. This is one of my favourite books because it helped evolved my way of thinking and outlook on daily events of life. I focus more on things to be thankful for, I have removed a lot of negative everyday words from my vocabulary, for instance, daily challenges are not seen as stressful, instead I focus on solutions to problems.
My educational philosophy: My Philosophy of teaching centres on the Constructivist theory. I am passionate about getting students to become independent learners, so creating classrooms where learning is student centred and are involved in real life tasks and are consistently stretched and challenged is very essential to what I do on a daily basis. In terms of teaching styles, I have no particular preferences as my teaching strategies are solely based around the needs of young people within each classroom and what is required for them to make the necessary progress.
An interesting fact: Even though I was born in Cameroon and raised in England, the best years of my life were spent teaching in a private British School in Lagos, Nigeria.
Lucy Silvester - Director of Curriculum and Timetabling
BA (Hons), PGCE, QTS
Media and Journalism
My favourite book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. The story of the March sisters, four of the most beloved characters in literature set against the back drop of the American Civil War. The story taught me to pursue my passions and develop my talents – but, above all, to be kind (a lesson that will never date).
My educational philosophy: Everyone in the school should contribute as a learner, teacher, and thinker. I learn from students as much as they learn from me.
An interesting fact: I spent three summers living in the Ozarks in Missouri, USA.