Alun Ebenezer – Headmaster
Alun Ebenezer has eighteen years’ experience gained in five secondary schools, including eight years at senior leadership level and six years at middle leadership level. He has an MA in Education Leadership and experience of leading INSET and speaking at conferences. Before joining FBS in September 2013, Mr Ebenezer was Deputy Headteacher at St Teilo’s High school in Cardiff. Previously, he was Assistant Headteacher at Treorchy – the first school in Wales to achieve excellence in all 15 areas of its school inspection. Throughout his career he has shown the ability to consistently deliver results and has a proven track record of raising standards and school improvement.
“As a proud Welshman, leaving Wales and moving my whole family to London had to be for something really special. The Fulham Boys School is just that. To have the opportunity to build a school on the Christian faith, gearing it towards boys and nurturing enterprise, what an opportunity! Along with the ‘anything is possible’ attitude of the governors and the outstanding team of staff we have assembled, I genuinely believe we can make FBS one of the best schools in the country – state or private – over the next few years.”
Sam Johnson – Deputy Head
Sam graduated from Leeds University with a degree in History and Politics and also has an MA in educational leadership from St Marys University, Twickenham.
She is passionate about teaching and has worked in three London schools. Sam has a ‘no excuses’ attitude to teaching and learning; she is committed to creating outstanding learning experiences driven by moral purpose and student voice.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to develop and embed a skills rich and personalised learning experience at the forefront of educational change for boys in Fulham. I have absolute faith that Fulham Boys will become one of the best schools in the country, developing an alumni of diverse, driven and dedicated young men. I am thrilled to be part of this school from the very beginning and to watch it grow this year.”
Simon Kellie – Deputy Head
Simon joined us from Grey Coat Hospital, a Church of England school based in Westminster, where he worked for four years as Head of Year 10/11, playing a significant role in developing pastoral support to Key Stage 4 students. Prior to that Simon worked at Wymondham College in Norfolk for five years as Geography Teacher and Assistant Head of House in one of the boarding houses.
“I’m excited to be joining the FBS leadership team and look forward to helping to develop an outstanding boys school that pupils and the local community can be truly proud of. I’m committed to ensuring that every boy in the school knows who to turn to when they need support, with the confidence that the school has the systems in place to help them. I have always placed enormous value on the role of extra-curricular activities in supplementing a rigorous academic curriculum, and fully support FBS’s ‘co-curricular’ approach to an extended day, that will give all pupils a broad range of experiences both in and out of the classroom.”
Ben Maddison – Assistant Head
Ben read Philosophy at the University of Birmingham and also studied at the University of New South Wales in Sydney before training to teach Religious Education. He has a keen interest in educational theory and focused on the use of technology in the classroom when completing a Master’s in Education.
Having worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher, House Master and leader of two departments at Southend High School for Boys, Ben is passionate about enhancing teaching and learning. He has worked with various regional and national bodies to improve the educational experience for students in a wide range of contexts.
“Success is a choice. Having the chance to work as part of The Fulham Boys team is a wonderful opportunity to build something new and extraordinary. The energy and enthusiasm that exudes from FBS parents, staff and students is inspiring. I am committed to making FBS a benchmark for excellence by helping to create opportunities for students that help them to realise their potential and to choose to be the best.”
Oliver Hogg – Assistant Head
Oliver graduated from the University of Bath in 2007 with an undergraduate degree in Biology. He then went on to achieve a second qualification in Chemistry at the University of Bristol and has recently completed an MA in Educational Leadership from UCL Institute of Education. Oliver joined FBS from Harris Academy South Norwood and Upper Norwood, a comprehensive school in South East London with over 2,500 students. He worked there for three and a half years overseeing the Science department across two separate school sites.
“I am thrilled to be joining the senior leadership team at The Fulham Boys School and I am looking forward to working with the students and staff. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a school with Christian faith at its core. It is an exciting time for FBS and I am passionate about further developing the school into a truly outstanding place for boys to thrive.”
Martin Jeeps – Head of English
Martin has taught English in three large comprehensive schools in West Yorkshire and South Wales. In this time he has held responsibility for Key Stages 3 and 5, been a 2nd in Department, and has co-ordinated Literacy across the curriculum. Nominated by the Welsh Government as an Outstanding Teacher of Literacy in March 2013, Martin is passionate about engaging and inspiring students, especially boys, in order to improve their Literacy skills.
“The Fulham Boys School is an amazing opportunity to inspire boys to be influential communicators, perceptive readers and sophisticated writers. The boy-friendly English curriculum will ensure that every boy develops a life-long passion for the English language.”
Alex Grossman – English Teacher
Alex studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield. Following this, she gained experience at a school in Barnet as a Teaching Assistant, before completing her PGCE at the Institute of Education in London. She completed placements in William Ellis School and Parliament Hill School in Highgate.
“I am excited to be joining The Fulham Boys School and helping to teach English in a way which appeals to boys and inspires them to enjoy all aspects of English Language and Literature. I am keen to encourage the boys to take an active role in English lessons and extra-curricular opportunities throughout their time at the school.”
Morgan Browne – Head of Dickens House
Morgan studied English Literature and Philosophy at Cardiff University. Following this, he spent a year teaching English in a small town in Argentina before joining the Teach First leadership programme. He completed his PGCE whilst working at Harlington School in Hayes.
“The Fulham Boys School is an amazing opportunity to provide tailored and inspirational teaching for boys. I am very excited to be working towards The Fulham Boys School’s vision to be the best school in the country and hope to play my role by inspiring students in and out of the classroom to get the most from their education.”
Eleanor Plant – Head of Science
Eleanor studied Physics at Edinburgh University before completing a PGCE at Roehampton. She then worked at Grey Court School, teaching all three Sciences and acting as KS3 Science Coordinator while completing her MA at St Marys, before moving to The Godolphin and Latymer School where she has been teaching Physics and acting as IB and KS3 Coordinator.
“I’m excited about being able to develop a truly 21st Century Science program for the boys to stimulate their interest in all aspects of science. I want to make sure that each boy leaves The Fulham Boys School fully prepared to tackle and question the world around them, regardless of what technological advances may have occurred.”
Rowena Ritchie – Science Teacher
Rowena graduated from Durham University with a B.Sc. in Biology. She has always been passionate about Education, with experience teaching as a STEM Ambassador at Durham University and R.E. at Christians in Sport.
Rowena worked as an Executive Consultant at REESON Education. She will be retraining on the Schools Direct Programme at Kings College London, whilst Teaching Science.
“I am excited to be a part of a Church of England School, centered around providing a rounded education for boys. My ambition is for boys to leave FBS with natural enterprise skills, giving them an academic advantage in further education and careers within Science.”
Laura Staple – Head of Maths
Laura studied for a BSc in Mathematics and its Applications at Cardiff University and spent a year in industry working for a civil engineering company as a Transport Planner. Laura has been teaching Mathematics at a large comprehensive school in South Wales for the last four years. In this time she also held responsibilities as Assistant Head of Year and Assistant Head of PSHE. She is passionate about making Mathematics engaging, relevant and a subject that all boys can achieve in.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to create a Mathematics programme that inspires all boys to be enterprising problem solvers who aren’t afraid to take risks, make mistakes and learn from them. This programme will be focused on ensuring all of the boys develop excellent mathematical and reasoning skills, which will be integral to their success in adult life.”
Dana Andrejeva – Maths Teacher
After moving to the UK from Latvia, Dana obtained a BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy from University of York in 2014.During this time she gained experience in teaching through the York Students in Schools scheme. Enthused with teaching, she then went on to complete her PGCE in University of the West of England (UWE). In her spare time she enjoys reading and cooking.
“I am excited to be part of developing and delivering an innovative Mathematics curriculum at The Fulham Boys Schools. I am also looking forward to getting involved in the co-curricular activities available at The Fulham Boys’ School.”
Dan Lane – Head of Sport
Dan has taught at an all boys Sports College in South London for five years, including two as the Deputy Head of Department. He has gained many different coaching badges in various sports, and is a qualified personal trainer, qualified to set specific and measurable goals for each boys’ development as an athlete. For the past four years Dan has also worked as a coach with Harlequins RFC, for boys between 11 and 14, identifying and nurturing talented boys into talented young men.
“The Fulham Boys School is an amazing opportunity to build a legacy of sporting success. The range of sports and high quality coaching can only lead to the young men at FBS finding a sport that they will continue for the rest of their lives. I will be doing everything within my power to see that The Fulham Boys School competes in as many sports as possible, on a local, national and even international stage.”
Darren Boswarva – Sports Teacher
Darren has joined The Fulham Boys School after completing his PGCE at Edge Hill University in Lancashire. The majority of his placement was spent in Birkdale High School for boys, who were extremely successful in their sporting achievements for the academic year of 2014-15.
Darren began his path to education by volunteering in a local school PE department, which later led to him becoming a cover supervisor and teaching a variety of subjects. Outside of school term time, Darren has also worked as a youth worker in the community for Everton, facilitating the delivery of the NCS government programme. This programme helped to develop young people socially, personally and professionally.
“I am thrilled I am starting my teaching career in a school which insists upon high standards and strives towards success and being the best. I am a firm believer of the saying, ‘Nil Satis Nisi Optimum’ (nothing but the best will do) so I relish the opportunity to inspire the boys to achieve and surpass their potential in all that they do.”
Oliver White – Sports/Geography/History Teacher
Oliver completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching majoring in Geography and History at the University of New England in Australia. He comes to Fulham Boys with five years teaching experience from Australian schools. Oliver taught History and Geography at an all boys boarding school in regional NSW for three years where he was also a boarding master. Following this he taught at an Independent school in Sydney’s Northern Beaches teaching Geography and History. Oliver has also completed a Master of Educational Studies through the University of Newcastle (Aus) where he specialised in Educating Boys.
“ I am excited by the opportunity to teach at The Fulham Boys School. The chance to be apart of a team that provides such a unique and targeted education for boys is very exciting. I am very much looking forward to meeting and getting to know each student so that I can help inspire them to reach their very best within their schooling years.”
Sam Burns – Head of Performing Arts
Sam studied Music at the University of Hull before completing his PGCE in London at the University of Greenwich. He is passionate about developing a music programme at Fulham Boys School that gives students opportunities to perform, create and engage with music to the highest level.
“I am excited to be part of a school that is so dedicated to developing academic excellence alongside spiritual and physical wellbeing. I am keen to use London’s wealth of cultural resources to give students’ a rich and diverse musical experience at The Fulham Boys School, and to develop these boys into confident, creative men with a lifelong love of music.”
Holly Mazur – Music and Drama Teacher
Holly studied Drama at The University of Manchester and holds an Associate of the London College of Music. She has worked as a Theatre Director and trained young actors for stage and screen at a BAFTA award-winning company. Holly completed her PGCE at Goldsmiths University.
“The Fulham Boys School is pushing the boundaries of education in one of the most culturally groundbreaking cities in the world. I am excited to be working with these boys to reach exceptional levels of human understanding and cultural literacy through The Performing Arts programme.”
Dwayne Beckford – Art Teacher
Dwayne graduated from the prestigious San Alejandro Fine Arts School in Cuba with a BA as an art Technician. He then went on to complete his teaching Diploma in Secondary Education at the Mico University College in Jamaica, specialising in Art and Design. His career as an artist and art teacher has given him the opportunity to display murals and exhibit artworks in Cuba and Sweden.
Dwayne has over five years of teaching experience at secondary level which has garnered him with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of art. Dwayne has a track record of producing outstanding student achievements in art competitions and external and international examinations.
Jaya Chetti – Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Jaya is a native French speaker who graduated from Lille III University, France with a Licence de Langues Vivantes Étrangères (Degree in Modern Foreign Languages), followed by a Maîtrise de Traduction Commerciale. Économique et Technique (Masters in Business, Economic and Technical Translations). She also completed a PGCE at Kingston University, UK.
She started her teaching career in Lille, France; she then pursued it in the French International School Lycée Labourdonnais in her native Mauritius before finally settling in London. Before joining The Fulham Boys School as Head of MFL in September 2015, she enjoyed 7 years at Cranford Community College, Hounslow where she recorded excellent GCSE and A‘ level French results and where both her French and Spanish lessons were judged Outstanding by Ofsted during inspections. Jaya was also a UCAS Co-ordinator and Advisor, supporting sixth formers with their university applications.
Khady Konate – MFL Teacher
Khady graduated from Paris-Sorbonne University in France with a Bachelor’s degree in History followed by a Master’s degree specialised in both British and French history. She moved to the UK and completed a PGCE in Languages at Goldsmiths University of London. She has been teaching MFL (French and Spanish) at KS3 and KS4 at Brentside High School before joining The Fulham Boys School.
‘It was important to me to join a school with a clear ethos and where Languages are valued. I am glad to be part of this exciting adventure and I feel that the MFL department is full of potential and resources. Promoting the use of the target language, supporting co-curricular activities and encouraging pupils to become independent thinkers are crucial parts of my teaching‘.
Sam Brown – RE Teacher/Chaplain
Sam graduated with a BA and then an MSt in Theology from Oxford University before completing a PGCE at King’s College London. He spent a year teaching RS and Philosophy at North London Collegiate School and was then appointed Head of RE at a boarding school near Stanstead.
Before joining the FBS staff team, Sam spent over four years in full-time ministry and leadership roles in a church in Hertfordshire, where he was involved with preaching, music and working with students, teenagers and younger children.
Stuart Balmer – RE Teacher
Stuart graduated from Queens University Belfast with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. After studying Economics at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, he completed the Certificate in American Business practice and has an ongoing interest in the role of faith within the corporate world. Stuart received his PGCE from the University of Oxford.
“I am delighted to be working alongside the staff and boys at FBS in the coming academic year. For me, the school represents an invitation to partake of something very special as boys receive a holistic education that will equip them to become leaders who serve others in society. I am passionate about fostering a love of learning in my subject area among pupils from all educational backgrounds.”
Scott Greenwood – Head of Brunel House
Scott graduated from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Geography before being seconded into the Civil Service. A return to University to study for his MBA at Leeds University Business School preceded Scott’s employment as the Marketing Manager at an IT company within the Financial Services industry. After training to teach Geography through Teach First, Scott spent five years teaching Geography in South-east London. Three of these years were spent as a Head of Year.
“I am very excited to be part of the rapid and exciting development of a school which places such strong emphasis on the needs of young men. I thoroughly enjoyed my own school experience in a highly competitive boys school, and look forward to intertwining academic rigour and excellence with sporting and co-curricular opportunity. I am excited to share my passion for my subject, with my love of the outdoors and my belief in maintaining the highest standards in all walks of life.”
Ruth Adams – SENCO
Ruth graduated from Swansea University after achieving a English BA Hons before completing a PGCE in Swansea Metropolitan University. She then completed a Master’s in Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University, focusing her research on boys’ literacy and the use of technology in the classroom. Ruth has five years of varied teaching experience and previous taught in a large comprehensive school in South Wales.
Sunita Singh – Head of Liddell House
Sunita joined us from Rivers Academy West London, where she worked for 6 years in various different roles, including pastoral co-ordinator and Deputy PE curriculum co-ordinator. Sunita has experience of delivering outstanding Physical Education results at GCSE, Vocational and A-level, along side teaching Science and Psychology.
“I am excited about the opportunity to continue to develop fantastic pastoral care at Fulham Boys School. I am passionate about developing well-rounded boys and therefore I place enormous value on the co-curricular programme that FBS offers. I am committed to drive high aspirations in every boy enabling them to maximise their full potential.”
Jenny Hunt – Head of Wilberforce House
Having graduated from York University with a BA in Politics and History, she continued her studies there to complete an MA in Post-War Recovery. Since her studies she has worked for the UNDP, the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit and Oxfam. She has since worked in two inner city schools, moving from second in charge of Humanities to Head of Year 8. In her spare time she has competed for England in Hockey and is currently training for her first 140.6 triathlon.
“I am looking forward to developing a supportive and empowering Wilberforce House and working with effective practitioners at The Fulham Boys School. I can’t wait to see the students in my House grow and become passionate about improving their environment for our local and global community just as Wilberforce did in his relentless challenge of the immoral and unjust slave trade.”
Tara Johns – Learning Support Assistant
Tara joined The Fulham Boys School from Langford Primary School in April 2016. She has eight years of extensive and varied experience in supporting learning. She has gained her Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) qualification enabling her to effectively help pupils in Primary and Secondary education to further themselves and reach their full potential. She very much enjoys sporting activities.
“I am excited I have joined The Fulham Boys School because I am passionate about supporting the boys to break any barriers they may face in their learning and inspire them to believe in themselves.”
Martin Hartigan – Learning Support Assistant
Martin has spent the last seven years as the founding English tutor in a successful tutorial centre, focused on preparing pupils for the 11+ and scholarship exams needed for entry to selective and top private schools in south-west London and beyond. Working with individual pupils and groups of children aged from 9 to 16, he has gained very valuable experience in helping pupils overcome learning obstacles and achieve success. Martin has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and Postgraduate diploma in Laws. His has a varied employment history, including working with horses in Ireland, teaching English in Brazil and working as a local solicitor in Fulham. He also does voluntary work, leading in local church’s youth groups, holiday camps and bible teaching to youngsters.
“I absolutely love working with young people and seeing them come to enjoy knowledge, grow in skills and taste success, whatever the subject may be. I am particularly happy to be using all the lessons and experience I have been privileged to acquire, in service of those who find it a struggle. I know as I have often struggled to achieve.”
William Campbell – Learning Support Assistant
William has joined The Fulham Boys School having gained vital experience working with groups of younger children in previous employment. Outside of School, William is a passionate rower. Having rowed for 10 years on the coast, William has recently made the transition to river rowing and has joined Thames Rowing Club in Putney. William’s primary goal is to be in a winning boat for Henley Royal Regatta, which will next take place during the summer of 2017.
“I am really looking forward to my time here at the The Fulham Boys School and becoming a member of the Additional Learning Needs team. I am confident that I can help to improve the confidence and ability of students with additional learning needs, as well as being able to fully promote the already strong mission and ethos at the School. I feel passionately that all boys at The Fulham Boys School can and should achieve their full potential during their time in education.”
Wayne Mapako – Science Technician
Miss Mapako graduated with an Msc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Kingston University. She is very passionate about science especially the practical side of science. She enjoys watching science in action and really seeing how things work. She also enjoys working with computers and software.
‘I am very happy to be part of a school that has a huge emphasis on high standards in education and behaviour. I am pleased with the curriculum and how it is aimed at boys. I think boys benefit from learning practically.’
Ross Dimitrov – Caretaker
Ross was brought up in Bulgaria where he became a professional footballer. He also spent time in the army and later trained as a mechanic before moving to the UK with his family in 2010. He has a wide range of experience in building maintenance as a mechanic, painter and decorator, handyman and gardener. He has worked in hotels in a variety of operational roles.
‘I’m very excited about joining Fulham Boys school and helping ensure the facilities are maintained to a high standard to help the smooth running of the school. It is a great environment to give the boys an outstanding education and bring the best out of them.’
Samantha Barton – Office Administrator
Samantha Barton is half French, half English. She was born in London and grew up in France until her early 20s. She came back to England and has worked in various industries, ranging from running a restaurant to being executive PA to a private investor.
She then turned herself to motherhood and after five years moved into education working as an administrator in the office of a local primary school. She did this for six years before joining FBS when it opened in September 2014.
“I am a people person and a born communicator. I like to smile because people smile back and I believe that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Joining FBS was to me an opportunity of a lifetime and I am proud to be the face of FBS. As the first point of contact, I also deal with attendance and admissions but most importantly am here to look after the boys when they’re hurt, lost or in need of anything.”
Jane Proudfoot – Administration Assistant and PA to the Headmaster
Ms Proudfoot joined the Fulham Boys School as Administration Assistant in
September 2015 after having worked for 8 years in the NHS as a Personal Assistant and Medical Secretary to consultants in Respiratory, Pathology and Psychological Therapies services. Prior to this she worked as a qualified Beauty Therapist.
“I am excited about joining FBS and working as part of such a dedicated and
inspiring team helping to create a truly outstanding school for local boys”.
Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler – Office Support and Logistics Manager
Victoria joined the Fulham Boys School as the Office Support and Logistics Manager. Her role includes working on the extension of the temporary site and most importantly, the move to the permanent site. Victoria was the Opening Manager for the school on the Gibbs Green site in the summer of 2014. Prior to that, She was a Councillor for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for eight years. During that time, She held a number of positions, including Cabinet Member for Transport and Technical Services (Planning) and Chairman of Licensing. Victoria is also the official owner of the school pet, Alfred Winston Warlord (Alfie), a five and a half year old, West Highland Terrier.
“I am passionate about the concept of free schools, The Fulham Boys School in particular, and I am delighted to be involved in the expansion of this ground-breaking school again.”
Nina Gai – Administration Assistant
Nina gained a degree in Linguistics in Odessa, Ukraine and went on to complement it with a Masters in Project Management. Having built successful careers in media and retail she is now transferring her skills and experience to the education sector. Nina has achieved Level 3 Award in Education and Training from City and Guilds of London Institute which has equipped her with knowledge of laws and legislation applicable to education. Speaking four European languages fluently Nina teaches Russian as a second and foreign language on a voluntary basis.
“We have travelled extensively as a family and I have been especially interested in comparing educational systems of my native Ukraine and countries like Greece, Hungary and now, the UK. One thing is common for all inspirational schools I have visited is a positive, inspiring environment with clear goals and high expectations, which provides equal opportunities for children of all abilities and backgrounds. I believe The Fulham Boys School is creating such an environment and I am proud and honoured to be part of its team.”
Sophie Norvill – School Bursar
Sophie is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. After training and qualifying Sophie specialised in media and entertainment clients at one of the big four accountancy firms. Sophie then moved into the charitable sector and worked as Finance Director for the Outward Bound Trust and then Naomi House Children’s Hospice. Whilst involved in the Children’s Hospice movement she worked alongside the Department for Health on securing long term funding for the sector. Since having her family Sophie has established a small client portfolio which includes The Fulham Boys School.
“I am passionate about enhancing the lives of young people. I am excited about taking on this role and supporting FBS as it grows and seeing the positive impact it has on its boys.”