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Teacher of mathematics: mr Mohammed al-akari 

Senior Catering assistant: mr aziz al-ami 

Aziz has a degree in Geography and History which he completed in France. He has worked as a manager for a large coffee company for a number of years. He is also passionate about catering and likes to experiment with new dishes. 

Careers and Employability Assistant: ms ife akinroyeje 

Assistant Science Technician: Ms Zaina ali 

Prior to joining LAE Tottenham, Zaina was studying Biomedical science at university. Her love for the lab and biology led her to being one of our lab technicians. She is on the journey of becoming an experienced lab technician and finds LAE to be the perfect and suitable school to start with. Zaina is eager to support and aid the students at LAE Tottenham.

Academic coach - English: ms amina Ali 

Teacher of MFL and senco: mS Charlotte Amey 

Charlotte read French and Spanish at the University of Leeds and has lived in France, Spain, Argentina and most recently, Italy, where she added Italian to her list of languages. Her main hobby is theatre directing, having created her own foreign language theatre troupe to make 17th century plays more accessible to language learners.

Assistant Head (Pastoral): MS Jessica Amo 

Jessica obtained her first degree in Economics at the University of Nottingham. She then went on to complete the Teach First Programme teaching Mathematics at a secondary school in Derby, whilst completing a PGCE from The University of Nottingham and MA in Educational Leadership from Warwick University.

Following on from her time in the East Midlands, Jessica joined Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre in East Ham as one of the originating members of staff, teaching A Level Mathematics and took on the role of Pastoral Year Leader. Prior to joining LAE Tottenham, Jessica taught at Harris Academy St John’s Wood, where she was a Lead Practitioner in the Mathematics department. 


Dan studied Politics and Modern History at the University of Manchester before completing a law conversion course at Manchester Polytechnic and working as a commercial litigation solicitor. He subsequently worked as a photojournalist until 2010 when he began teaching A level history and politics in London.

 Headteacher: mr Jan balon

Having completed a degree in Politics from the University of Warwick, Jan initially trained through the Teach First programme and subsequently taught Humanities in schools in Tottenham and Edmonton, latterly as Vice Principal for the Curriculum at a large 11-18 Comprehensive - a position he held for three years. He was the founding Headteacher of the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham and has been in post since January 2017.

 Lead teacher of mathematics, further mathematics and computer science: dr Leigh baxandall

Leigh (pictured right) has a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, and after a career in finance which saw him work in New York, London and Tokyo he has taught for the last decade. After training at the Institute of Education, Leigh has worked as a Teacher of Mathematics at St Marylebone School and held a variety of roles including STEM director, and Oxbridge and Level 3 Maths Coordinator. Leigh is a Specialist Leader of Education in STEM and Maths and also a part-time curriculum adviser to a newly opening UTC.


Joan completed her master’s degree at Rensselaer (Troy, NY) in 1999, having done research on heteronuclear coordination compounds.

While completing her master’s she oversaw the lab component of the general chemistry course required by all undergraduates.  She has taught middle and secondary school at both public and independent schools in the US for over 15 years.  Most recently, she was an independent contractor, working with schools, families and students on increasing student confidence, navigating school policies and administrations, academic and test-taking skills, subject specific learning, and US college admissions.

Joan started her academic life as a theatrical lighting designer and worked on off-off Broadway and Broadway (contract electrician).  She is a cook, hiker, reader, writer, drawer, jewellery maker and a budding tenor recorder player.  Joan brings everything into the classroom with her, believing in a fully collaborative and integrated learning experience that fosters curiosity.

Teacher of Physics: mr Stefano Boseggia 

After completing a degree and a master in Physics Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Stefano moved to London where he completed a PhD in Physics at UCL. After leaving full time research, Stefano has been teaching Physics, Maths and Further Maths in a school in North London and has been a visiting scientist at the London Centre of Nanotechnology UCL, carrying on research in condensed matter Physics.

Assistant head partnership: mr stephen bovey 

Stephen read Theology at The University of Cambridge before completing his PGCE at King’s College, London. Since then, he has taught in a variety of large North London schools including Latymer, Edmonton, where he was head of Gifted and Talented and Citizenship, and Highgate School, where he ran the Religion and Philosophy department.

Stephen is now based at both Highgate School and LAE Tottenham. At Highgate he remains Senior Teacher responsible for staff development and training. At Tottenham, he is responsible for the important network of partner schools that help LAE Tottenham to achieve what it does.

Teacher of Psychology: Mr David Bright 

David has had a career in teaching stretching over 20 years, both abroad and in the UK, in independent as well as state education. He attended the University of Birmingham for his undergraduate degree, and gained his PGCE from the Institute of Education, University of London. Although enthusiastic about all aspects of psychology, David has a particular interest in the biological basis of behaviour. 

deputy Head pastoral: ms elaine brown

Elaine studied History at the University of Cambridge, where she also completed her PGCE and Masters in Education. For ten years, she taught History and Politics in three secondary schools in Hertfordshire and London with leadership roles including Head of Year (Sixth Form), Lead Teacher and Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator.

Prior to arriving at LAE Tottenham, she spent a year working at the London School of Economics as an Admissions and Access Specialist.

HR Manger: ms Lisa cardinali 

Lisa completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and gained Chartered status of the CIPD whilst working at The Crown Estate. She then joined the HR team at Highgate School where she advised LAE Tottenham on employment matters during the pre-opening and opening stages. Lisa is now based at both Highgate School and LAE Tottenham.

Academic Coach - Biology: mr george carter 

George graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Biological Sciences in 2016. He went on to study a MSc in Physiotherapy, graduating from Brunel University in 2020. His interests include genetic engineering and behavioural psychology, areas he researched for his undergraduate and master’s dissertations. George is delighted to have the platform at LAE Tottenham to pass on his enthusiasm for learning to the next generation, and is excited to begin his PGCE soon.


Hannah graduated from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design with a Textile Design degree and after working in industry quickly returned to university to complete a PGCE. After a couple of years teaching in North London Hannah returned to study again, this time an MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design. The MA opened lots of opportunities leading Hannah to collaborate with UAL, become a founding teacher at an independent art school, teach art and design to young children, young adults and adults in different community settings. Hannah joins LAET after 2 years as a Course Leader in Beijing, China, where she taught art and design students who aspire to study creative subjects at University in London.  When not teaching Hannah continues to develop her own work - focusing on weave and print.

Programme Assistant- Chrysalis East: MS Lina Charki 

Lina recently graduated in International Relations from SOAS, University of London, and then went on to study Political Psychology of International Relations at the University of Birmingham. 

Coming up to 7 years now, Lina has been involved with a creative project Creativity Unleashed which was formerly known as Haringey Unchained where she was a founding member. It was an enrichment group that was established to give young people a voice and a chance to be published who otherwise would not have that opportunity. Yearly the magazines are produced, collaborated with other groups and formed networking links for our young people which provided them with life skills. Lina's passion for outreach projects grew which is what drew her to wanting to be a part of the Chrysalis East Outreach Programme, especially it being in Tottenham where Lina was born and raised.

 Deputy head pastoral, designated safeguarding lead: mr John clark

Johnny studied History at The University of Leeds, before completing the Teach First programme. He worked at King Solomon Academy for 6 years, as both the founding Head of Humanities and founding Head of Sixth form. More recently, Johnny has worked as Vice Principal in a large comprehensive in Wembley, overseeing Teaching and Learning.


Learning Support Assistant: ms Lisa Cleveland

Lisa read Theology at Oxford and London before completing a PGCE. After teaching in a number of London schools, she wished to dedicate more time to working with those who have additional needs, to enable them to develop academically and personally through the educational opportunities on offer.

DEPUTY HEAD OF YEAR 12: Ms Eleanor Coy 

Eleanor studied American Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She is a former Foyle Young Poet of the Year, and maintains a keen interest in reading and writing. At LAET, Eleanor enjoys organising the co-curricular programme for Year 12 and providing academic and pastoral support to students. In her spare time, Eleanor enjoys cycling, yoga and cooking.


tEACHER OF PSYCHOLOGY: ms rizma daz 

Rizma is an experienced teacher of Psychology having spent almost two decades teaching Psychology at a large Sixth Form College in London. She has always wanted to be a teacher, and it was as a student during one of her own A-level Psychology lessons that she decided that was the subject she wanted to teach! She went on to read Psychology at Goldsmiths College and obtained her PGCE at the Institute of Education, University of London. Her particular interests are in mental health and clinical psychology.

Teacher of italian: ms veronica DE FELICE 

Headteacher's pa: ms Angela dinham-jones 

After working as a Production Assistant in BBC News & Current for many years, Angela changed career paths and began working in schools from 2010.  She was the Office Manager at a large Community School in Tottenham for several years where she completed the CSBM.  

Angela enjoys working with young people and has a wealth of administrative experience and knowledge from various sectors. 

Counsellor: ms angie doran 

Director of chrysalis east: ms helen drummond

With a degree in French and Italian and an MA in European Culture and Society from UCL, Helen originally trained as a secondary teacher. Since then, she has taught in secondary and primary schools in both England and Colombia, and worked in several organisations which support schools, including The Key, Business in the Community, and Imperial College.

Her commitment to widening access to university started at the charity, Teach First, where she was involved in setting up a mentoring programme for schools, and most recently at Causeway Education, where she looked at how academic research could be turned into effective in-school practice to significantly raise HE progression from comprehensive schools. Alongside setting up LAET’s community outreach programme, Chrysalis East, she is currently designing a Postgraduate Certificate in Widening Participation with the University of Wolverhampton.

 Lead teacher of physics: mr ashley dyson

Having read Physics at Exeter College, Oxford, Ashley worked as an IT project manager for Shell for over a decade. He then returned to his first love, physics, training to be a teacher at the Institute of Education, University of London. During his teaching career, Ashley has taught at a leading North London grammar school where he coached pupils onto the UK Physics Olympiad team, as well as into Oxbridge Physics and engineering courses. He is seconded to LAE Tottenham from Highgate School.


Teacher of English and teaching and learning coach: mr Ewan Gault

Having completed a degree in English Literature and a masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University, Ewan spent five years teaching English as an additional language to toddlers in Japan, CEOs in Italy and university professors in Ethiopia.  Since returning to Scotland in 2010, he has taught in secondary schools in the Highlands, Oxford and London.  Ewan is a keen long distance runner and short story writer.  He will be working at LAE Tottenham on secondment from Highgate.

Lead Teacher of Politics: mr Stephen Gilbert

From Cornwall, Stephen completed his first degree in International Politics at Aberystwyth before going on to work for the European Parliament in Brussels. Later, in 2000, he completed a Masters' degree at the London School of Economics before working in London's financial centre for the world's largest fund management firm, Fidelity Investment. In 2008 he returned to Cornwall to stand for Parliament winning a seat in the House of Commons in 2010 and serving as a Member of Parliament in the UK's first peace time coalition government. Leaving the House of Commons in 2015 he undertook teacher training and joined LAET after three years as a House Master and Teacher of Politics at a leading independent school in the midlands. He has examined for the new Politics A Level course since its inception.  At LAET, Stephen is the Lead Teacher for Politics. 

Lead Teacher of Psychology and teaching and learning coach: MS Julia Greenberg

Julia has been teaching psychology at A-level for over 15 years. She established the psychology department at a large London secondary school and saw the department grow into one of the most successful in the school.

During her teaching career Julia has developed a special interest in the application of psychological research in teaching and learning; and she has applied this interest both as a personal mentor for individual pupils and also as a member of leadership teams developing teaching and learning policies and techniques within school. Julia is a Chartered Psychologist; she has also examined psychology A-level papers for the last ten years and is presently a senior examiner in a leading exam board.

Teacher of Mathematics and Further Mathematics: MR Angus Grogono 

Angus studied Maths and Philosophy at Edinburgh University, and then Critical and Cultural Theory at Brighton University. He has been teaching Maths, Further Maths, Philosophy and Critical Thinking at Secondary schools for 20 years. Outside the classroom, he is an Area Coordinator for the Advanced Maths Support Programme, and a Principal Examiner for Cambridge Assessment. He loves sailing, reading and Maths.

HEAD OF YEAR 12 AND Teacher of Mathematics and Further Mathematics: Mr Timothy Grundy 

Tim studied Physics with Theoretical Physics at the University of Manchester before completing an MRes in Complexity Science at the University of Bristol. Before joining LAET, he taught Mathematics and Further Mathematics at a highly successful academy in Wembley, where he completed his Schools Direct training. Since joining LAET, he served as second in charge of Mathematics before becoming Head of Year 12.

Teacher of turkish: ms arzu gunaydin 

Teacher of mathematics and further mathematics: mr Andrew Hanna

Andrew studied Mathematics and Biophysics at Cairo University before completing a PGDip in health physics. He worked as a Medical physicist before moving to education. Andrew Taught in Egypt, Tennessee and France. After receiving PGCE from London Metropolitan University, Andrew has worked as a Teacher of Mathematics in different schools in Haringey.

Prior to joining LAE Tottenham, Andrew taught at Harris Academy Tottenham, where he was a KS3 lead in the Mathematics department.

Andrew is a Teacher for Mastery Specialist and an NCETM PD lead.


Gareth studied in London at the Royal Academy of Music and in the USA at New England Conservatory in Boston. Combining teaching with a freelance career in professional orchestras, he has since been Assistant Director of Music at Highgate. His principal instrument is flute, second study is piano, but he loves singing and coaching choirs, Musical Theatre and rock bands as well as teaching all styles of Music to all age ranges.  

ict & Operations Support Manager and Data Protection Office: mr Nathan hatch 

After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Nathan worked in a variety of roles across the Hospitality and Events industry, during which he developed significant customer service experience.

However, his love and enjoyment of technology and computers never left him. As a result, after retraining he worked as an IT Technician for a number of Primary Schools within Haringey before joining LAE Tottenham.

Teacher of ChemistrY: MR William HemS 

William Hems studied chemistry at Exeter University, University of Cambridge and Nagoya University, Japan.  He has spent nearly 20 years in research particularly looking at the use asymmetric catalysis in the synthesis of drug molecules. Since 2015 he has been teaching A-level Chemistry part-time at a number of schools in the south-east of England.

HEAD OF YEAR 13 AND Teacher of English: ms eMMA Henshaw

After studying an honours degree in English Literature (with a specialism in Victorian Literature and Sherlock Holmes) at the University of Southampton, Emma went on to do a graduate scheme in finance. Deciding her heart lay more with her degree and teaching, she went on to work with SEN children before undertaking a Schools Direct PGCE. Since then, Emma has taught English Literature in an inner city London school and the IB at an international school in Munich. Between running, skiing and cycling with friends, Emma can be found devouring detective fiction. 


Imani studied psychology at De Montfort University and moved to London to become a civil servant. During this time Imani worked towards reducing re-offending in the prison service and simultaneously completed a Masters degree in Leadership. Imani has always been interested in education and decided to leave the prison service to become a teacher. Imani completed her PGCE at UCL in 2020 and is now a psychology teacher at LAET. 

Deputy head academic: mr joe hoddy

Joe studied English at Exeter University, before graduating from the Teach First programme and holds a Masters in Leadership from UCL. He worked at St Mary Magdalene Academy for eight years, a large all-through Academy in Islington, teaching English and leading on pupil achievement as the Deputy Head of Sixth Form. More recently, he held the position of Head of Sixth Form overseeing the school's co-curricular A-Level and International Baccalaureate programme.

Enrichment and Community Co-ordinator: MS Maya Holmes-Hartley 

Maya graduated from the University of the Arts London with a degree in Sound Art, a subject that lies at the intersection of two of her greatest passions: art and music technology. Before going to university Maya worked at a performing arts centre in north London assisting with music classes and exams. Since leaving university she has worked as a sound designer on various projects and also teaches piano. Maya has a varied range of hobbies and interests and hopes to provide an enrichment programme that offers every student a chance to explore their own interests and hobbies.

Teacher of Mathematics: ms sarah hutchinson 

Teacher of english: ms rebecca hyam 

Rebecca read English at the University of Oxford and went on to train as a journalist on The Sunday Times. She was a feature writer for national newspapers including The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Washington Post, for 15 years. She then retrained as a teacher, completing a PGCE in English and Drama at Cambridge University. After leading the English department at Highgate School for five years, Rebecca became director of creative writing and is committed to promoting the study of English through creativity. Rebecca teaches at Highgate and LAET and is involved in student magazines at both schools.

lead teacher of history: ms penny jackson

DATA analyst: ms nicola johnson 

Nicola studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of the West Indies and also completed postgraduate studies in Data/Records Management at Northumbria University. Before working in secondary schools, she was a statistician in the areas of education and international trade.

In the most recent 12 years, she had full responsibility for assessment data systems and analysis for key stages 3 to 5 in her service as Data Manager at Hornsey School for Girls, Haringey and Highbury Fields School, Islington.

Teacher of Economics: ms Georgia Kelsey

Georgia has a degree in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford. During her studies, she had a particular interest in Development Economics which enabled her to work in Kenya as an investor for a charity and Timor Leste as an Economics Analyst for an NGO. Georgia has been working at LAE Tottenham since September 2020 and is excited to start her PGCE soon! 

Catering assistant: MS IRUM KHAN

Irum completed her A-levels in Pakistan. After coming to the UK Irum studied level 2 in adult  Literacy and Numeracy. Irum has also completed her NCFE level 2 award in support work in school and had worked in a primary school before finding her interest in catering and joining LAE Tottenham. Irum's passion is cooking and baking and is always keen to learn and cook food from different cultures.

ACADEMIC COACH - Mathematics and computer science: MS EMILY LANE 

Emily gained her undergraduate degree in Statistics from UCL in 2020 and is a registered member of the Royal Statistical Society. She provides academic coaching and support for students in Maths, Further Maths, and Computer Science and runs LAET's Data Science club. Starting in 2021, Emily will be studying for a masters degree in Health Data Science at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, alongside her teaching work at LAET.


Wing is passionate about science and it was her A-Level chemistry teacher that inspired her to read Chemistry at University College London (UCL). During her degree she took part in outreach programmes centred on teaching science in local secondary schools and inspiring young people to “Aim Higher” and go on to further education and university.

After a few years working as a chemistry researcher at UCL and in investment banking in the City, she was missing the classroom and the opportunities to engage young people with science. In 2012, she retrained as a secondary school teacher completing her PGCE from the Institute of Education. She is seconded to LAE Tottenham from Highgate School.

Lead Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and teaching and learning coach: Ms Sarah Lloyd  

Sarah studied French and Hispanic Studies at Nottingham University before embarking on a PGCE at the Institute of Education, University of London.  Early in her career she taught English in Mexico, France and Spain before spending several years teaching French and Spanish in Essex and London schools.

In recent years Sarah has worked in the assessment and publishing sector, playing a key role in the development of the reformed GCSE and GCE MFL qualifications. Alongside her teaching role at LAE Tottenham, Sarah is principal examiner, materials writer and a teacher trainer for a leading exam board.


Karel graduated from the University of Greenwich with a Media Arts Production degree (Media and Communications). She has a wide range of experience working with young people from various backgrounds as well as facilitating internal and external communication strategies.
 Finance manager: mr Simon Longstaff

Simon is a qualified accountant and an ACCA member. He has extensive accounting experience gained at Arnold House School, The Crown Estate and The Law Society of England and Wales. After a year's sabbatical to go travelling in South America, he joined LAE Tottenham.
Academic coach - pyschology: ms Amy lord 

Amy studies Psychology at the University of St Andrews and later gained a master’s degree in Health Psychology. Amy has an interest in cognitive neuroscience and mental health, areas that she researched for her undergraduate dissertation and master’s thesis.

Teacher of chemistry and teaching and learning coach: ms Janie Lufford 

Janie completed a MSci degree in Chemistry at Imperial College London, which included a year in industry as a Medicinal Chemist.

Janie has always been passionate about increasing pupils’ knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), as she spent her free time during her undergraduate years teaching science on various voluntary tutoring schemes across London.

Her passion for teaching science continued after she graduated as she worked full time as a science mentor in a secondary school in Tower Hamlets. This inspired Janie to become a qualified science teacher, thus she completed her PGCE at UCL Institute of Education. Since then, Janie has worked as a qualified science teacher in Walthamstow.

Teacher of computer science: MR Hamada Mahdi 

After completing a Maths degree at UCL and a PGCE from KCL, Hamada ventured out into the real world as a software developer. After getting his hands dirty with code Hamada decided he wanted to return to teaching and share his knowledge, Hamada's goal is to inspire, motivate and empower the next generation of coders who will utilise their coding skills for the betterment of humanity and the world! Hamada loves Python (not the snake) and JavaScript and simply can't choose between them!

Finance assistant: ms charu makwana

Charu studied at University of Alberta in Canada, Charu studied further to gain her AAT Qualification and has worked in various finance roles for various different industries.  Prior to joining LAET in 2018 Charu worked for an Early Years Educational Charity working with children under 5 years old as an Accounts and Payroll Assistant. Charu is now looking forward to working and supporting the young people at LAE Tottenham. 

Teacher of Arabic: ​​​​MS Oureida Mansouri 

Oureida studied Architecture and Arabic language at university in Algiers then moved to the UK and graduated from Anglia Ruskin University. She has taught Arabic for over 17 years at GCSE and A-Level. Oureida is an A-Level examiner at Edexcel. She speaks 3 fluent languages, Arabic as a mother tongue, French and English, and enjoys sharing her passion for these languages with students.

Business director: mr paul martin 

Paul completed a degree in Computing and Business Administration at the University of Kent and has since worked for a Japanese University and group of High Schools in the UK and Japan. His career began in IT management, but lately was responsible for a range of support services from Finance through to Estates and Facilities.

Assistant SENCO: ms Klaudia MATTHEWS 

Klaudia recently graduated from the University of Leicester with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She previously worked on summer programs and volunteered with young people where she discovered her interest in SEN. Klaudia is passionate about supporting students in reaching their full potential in their academic career. 

Klaudia plans to continue her own personal academic journey through gaining a Doctorate and becoming an Educational Psychologist. 

Lead teacher of biology: mr simon maunder 

Simon Maunder studied Zoology at Swansea University and has over twenty years experience teaching Biology in London. He feels very lucky to be sharing his fascination for the living world with younger generations. Simon also runs the LAET Medicine Society and coordinates support for our students' applications into Medicine, Dentistry and other healthcare careers.

Teacher of Biology: Ms Roslyn McKendry

 Lead teacher of english: mr alban miles

After completing a degree in English Literature at the University of Oxford, Alban worked for four years as an Editor in book publishing in London before becoming a teacher. His nine years’ experience as Teacher of English includes a year teaching in Hong Kong and five years at Ibstock Place School in south-west London, where he set up the programme to support application to Oxbridge. He joined Highgate in 2014 to teach English; for the last two years he has also been Deputy Head of Sixth Form.  He is working at LAE Tottenham on secondment from Highgate.


Teacher of mathematics: MR DAN NELSON 

Dan read Maths and Statistics at Oxford before completing a PGCE as part of the Teach First teaching programme in West London. He has taught mainly in London sixth forms over the past decade with a brief stint teaching abroad. He chose to specialise in teaching A level maths early in his career as he believes this is where he is able to be most effective as a teacher.

Teacher of Biology: dr gwen Nneji

Dr Gwen Nneji has a first degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Biophysics. She has spent her career working in the university environment. Initially, for over 20 years, as a Research Scientist in muscle research and protein crystallisation at Imperial College, London. After her time at Imperial, she moved to Birkbeck, University of London, where she is an Associate Lecturer teaching on one of the Certificate Programmes.  

Careers and Employability Lead: mr obi onyido

Obi has a background in delivering grassroots youth work and enrichment/co-curricular provision within further education. He is passionate about the community and has had over 15 years delivering youth work in Tottenham developing outreach programmes, participating in various physical challenges fundraising for local youth work, empowering and developing employability skills in young people.

As the careers and employability lead, Obi recognises the importance of a joined-up approach and continues to build up relationships with local primary and secondary schools as well as employers. This is significant in ensuring that there is a strategic, thought out approach in providing a quality careers programme for local students from Key stage 2 through to college.

In previous years at LAET, he worked alongside various local organisations in ensuring that hundreds of students volunteered and gave back to their local community. 

Partnership Teacher of Physics: dr Justin Palfreyman 

Following an MSci in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Birmingham, Dr Palfreyman went on to complete his PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory (University of Cambridge). He spent a number of years conducting research, playing cricket and supervising undergraduate students, which is how he caught the teaching ‘bug’. He stayed in Cambridge to complete his PGCE before beginning his teaching career at LAE (Stratford).

Dr Palfreyman spent several years working with the Institute of Physics and The Ogden Trust offering Physics-related outreach through masterclasses, CPD, trips and competitions to encourage engagement and stretch students to their limits. He continues to help students through his roles as an Isaac Physics Ambassador and lecturer at the Preparing for the (Oxford) Physics Aptitude Test course, whilst producing S-level papers for Cambridge International Assessment.

Teacher of chemistry: mr Paul pickavance 

Paul studied Chemistry at the University of Sheffield where he completed his Batchelor's degree, Master's degree and his PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

After a couple of years working in polymer research he trained as a teacher and moved to London where he has taught science in sixth form colleges for the last 10 years. He is a keen musician and sound engineer, and when not enthusing about all things Chemistry he can often be found pointing microphones at musicians. 

Librarian: ms heather pires 

 DATA & EXAMS assistant: ms natasha reid 

Teacher of Physics: DR Serena Repetto 

Serena holds a PhD in Astrophysics from Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, a PGCE from Canterbury Christ Church University/Imperial College London and a master's degrees in Theoretical Physics with honours from Pavia University, Italy. Before becoming a teacher with the primary goal of transferring students her enthusiasm for Physics, Serena was working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Israeli Institute of Technology, Israel. Having lived in five different countries, Serena considers herself a citizen of the world. She is seconded to LAE Tottenham from Highgate School.

Counsellor: ms gwendolyn rowlands 


Modupe has been involved in education for over seven years, having worked exclusively as an educator since his second year of University.
Modupe graduated from the University of Oxford, having completed a degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics. He then went to work in a small independent school in South London before going back to Oxford to complete his PGCE in Mathematics.
Since then Modupe has gained more experience having worked in a secondary school in Brixton. There he specialised in Economics, being the Lead Teacher in the school. 

French language assistant: ms Bambi sidibe 


 Senior science technician: mr tom smith

Tom has over 10 years experience in the research laboratories of pharmaceutical, technology and healthcare organisations. He has extensive practical science knowledge and holds a Chemistry degree from Imperial College, London which included a year of study at the Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy.

He has worked at LAET since it opened in 2017 and prior to that worked for 4 years as a founder staff member and Science Technician in a Hackney secondary school. 
He has been a school governor and is currently the Treasurer of a Hackney primary school parents' association and charity. He is a competitive sportsman and has represented his university, club and country at rowing as well as cycling in races in the UK and abroad.  


  Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Lead and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: mr paul spraggs

Paul completed a degree in Theology at the University of Chichester in 2011 before moving on to pursue a degree in counselling from the University of Essex. 

Paul joined us from our opening in 2017 in a pastoral support role and took on the role of mental health and emotional well-being lead in 2018. He is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and has previously worked in secondary schools across London with Place2Be, a charity that provides counselling services to students in schools across the UK.

Partnership Teacher of English: DR Camilla Stanger


Gabriel studied for an undergraduate degree Mathematics at the University of Leeds before going on to complete his Masters in Mathematics at the same institution. Before joining LAET, Gabriel studied for his PGCE and taught at a secondary school and sixth form in west London. There he went on to be the KS5 lead in a successful Mathematics department. Gabriel loves climbing, football, board games and all things nerdy. 

Head Chef: MR Emil Sudomir 


Emil has completed a Cambridge English Language course, and professional cookery Level 3 course at Richmond Upon Thames College in professional cookery. Emil has worked in the catering industry for 14 years and is passionate about cooking and running a happy efficient professional kitchen . Emil enjoys creating new dishes to be enjoyed by all. 

LEAD Teacher of geography: ms deborah syme 

Deborah is a highly experienced teacher of Geography, a Head of Department for 10 years in different London schools, and was most recently a Head of 6th form at Skinners' Academy. Deborah studied Geography at Cambridge University , and has particular interests in Medical Geography, development and hazards. Deborah has set up and run the Duke of Edinburgh award, run cookery classes, charity micro-business challenges and celebrations of diversity.

Deborah has a Masters in Educational Change Management from St Mary's University and is currently studying with Teach First, as she is passionate about improving attainment and ensuring equity in education.

Teacher of Biology: Ms Pamela Tipchu


After completing her BSc (HONS) in Anatomical Science from the University of Manchester, Ms Tipchu went into working at the Endocrine and Diabetes department UCLH. However, she always wanted to share her passion of Science, particularly Biology, with the younger generation and so completed her PGCE in Secondary Science from the Goldsmiths, University of London and has been teaching and inspiring young minds ever since!

She has a keen interest in immunology as well as genetics and her passion for these topics extend beyond just the A level curriculum. She believes strongly that every child needs a champion and she hopes that her classes can help students to enjoy learning and develop curiosity as well as independence. In her spare time, she can be found running as well as attempting her hand at some cooking recipe or DIY.

Receptionist: MS Joanne Thompson

Prior to joining LAE Tottenham, Joanne has been working as a photographer for 11 years. Her photography work has involved working with schools across the UK on various projects such as graduation day and general photos. She enjoys working with young people and is looking forward to her new role at LAE Tottenham.

PASTORAL SUPPORT LEAD: ms Pamela Valavanis 

Pam has been working within the education sector for the last 20 years and has worked with diverse, multicultural groups of students. Pam has gained a wealth of experience through her responsibilities for safeguarding, attendance and transition. Pam is passionate about meeting the pastoral and academic needs of the students in her care. Pam is also bilingual and speaks Greek.

Teacher of Mathematics and Further Mathematics: Mr Vincent Van Pelt

Vincent (pictured right) received a degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently studying Mathematics at The Open University. Before teaching, Vincent worked in finance, living in New York, Tokyo, London and Singapore. Trained to teach at the Institute of Education, he has been instructing in London schools since 2012.  At LAET Vincent enjoys organising the school's UKMT and maths enrichment activities, working with the maths team and encouraging his students to read The New Yorker.



After completing a degree and PhD in biochemistry at King's College London, Ben spent five years working at Imperial College as a post-doctoral researcher before becoming a teacher.  He has taught Biology at Highgate School since 2003 and, since 2015, he has been an Assistant Head with oversight of teaching and learning.

Teacher of computer science: mr nader yazdi 

SITE MANAGER: mr Angel Zhelyazkov

Angel moved to UK after he graduated with his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aircraft Equipment and Technologies department. He has worked in a variety of engineering companies, mostly as a Testing Engineer.  The last few years he made the decision to spend more time with his family and enjoy being more involved in bringing up his children.