Alun Ebenezer – Headmaster
Alun Ebenezer has been the Headmaster of The Fulham Boys School since the school opened in September 2014. He has been in post since September 2013 working alongside the founders and governors in setting the school up. Altogether he has nineteen years’ experience gained in five secondary schools, including nine years at senior leadership level and seven 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 well as being the Headmaster of The Fulham Boys School, Alun Ebenezer is also a speaker and the author of two books published by The Evangelical Press: ‘Revelation’ and ‘And they Crucified him’.
“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 has a History and Politics degree from the University of Leeds as well as an MA in educational leadership from St Mary’s University, Twickenham and is currently completing the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) with UCL Institute of Education.
Sam is passionate about teaching and believes that all young people can achieve excellence. She has a ‘no excuses’ attitude to teaching and learning and is committed to creating outstanding learning experiences driven by moral purpose and student voice. High expectations for all and firm discipline are at the heart of what makes brilliant education possible.
“FBS has a distinct culture that is designed to give all boys the very best experiences and access to the highest standard of education; it’s a non-selective, state funded independent school for the Fulham community. A sharp focus on academia, enterprise and the ‘free school spirit’ are what make this such an exciting place to work. I have absolute faith that FBS will become one of the best schools in the country, developing an alumni of diverse, driven and dedicated young men. I have loved being a part of it from the very beginning and am so proud of how much our boys have achieved already.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
Cristina Santos – Head of Wilberforce House
Cristina Santos is the Head of Wilberforce House and a teacher of Physics and Science at FBS. Cristina completed her teacher training in Biology and Geology, at Portuguese and German Universities, and then an MA in Science Education at the University of York. She decided to experience teaching in London and what was planned to be a one year experience became a six year journey as a teacher of all sciences to KS3 and KS4, and of Biology to post-16 students.
As a middle leader, Cristina worked mainly with older students whilst being a Deputy Head of Sixth Form, and a KS5 enrichment Coordinator. Her interest in helping to improve post-16 provision fuelled her return to research and Cristina went on to complete an MA in ‘Leadership, Change and Innovation’ at St. Mary’s University. Before joining FBS in September 2017, Cristina taught Biology and led the school’s House System at the British school St. Julian’s in Portugal.
“I knew I wanted to teach at FBS the moment I crossed the entrance door for the first time. Each of our boys is unique and has great potential for success. It is a privilege to be part of a community where parents, school staff, and students are a team looking ahead in the same direction. As a teacher and a Head of House, I hope to help create an environment where the boys feel excited about every bit of learning, and can strive.”
Darren Boswarva – Acting Head of Liddell House
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.”
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.”
Mella Monti – English Teacher
Mella studied Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and English Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. Following this, she pursued her passion for writing as a freelance journalist, but after gaining a TEFL qualification and teaching English to students from all over the world, she discovered a true passion for teaching.
After completing her PGCE at the Institute of Education, placements at Chelsea Academy and Burntwood School, and working for two years at The Green School in Isleworth, she spent three years as the Head of KS3 English at King’s College School Madrid, Spain.
“I am excited to be joining The Fulham Boys School as an English teacher because I hope to share my enthusiasm and passion for the wonderful world of literature. I hope the boys will join me on my quest to read all the new (and old) books out there! I am delighted to join a young school and look forward to having a positive impact on a new generation of Secondary school boys.”
Randa Turqui – English Teacher
Karolina Stolarska – Librarian
Karolina has ten years’ experience of educational librarianship, in the further education and schools sector. She has an MA in Library & Information Studies from UCL and some teaching experience. She enjoys working with youth and finding new ways to engage them with reading and learning about the world, as well as developing team work and leadership skills.
She also has a BA in Philosophy & Theology and an MA in Philosophy of Religion, and is a committed Catholic Christian active in her faith community. Her interest in visual art has meant facilitating ‘Art & Prayer’ groups combining spirituality and creative expression.
“I hope to bring my background in library administration, teaching research skills and creativity to making the school library a well-run, stimulating and safe space that pupils are actively involved in.
My faith motivates me to see the intrinsic value and unique potential of all pupils and the joy of integrated learning and a holistic worldview.
I am, of course an avid reader, and I particularly love reading youth fiction : bring on the dystopias and fantasy adventures!”
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 – KS3 Science Co-ordinator
Rowena graduated from Durham University with a B.Sc. in Biology. She moved on to work at Christians in Sport and then into the City as an Executive Consultant for 3 years.
Whilst at The Fulham Boys School Rowena has completed a MSc in Science Teaching from Oxford University and completed a PGCE through Schools Direct at University College London. Rowena is taking on the role of KS3 Coordinator in the Science Department this academic year.
“I am looking forward to developing the KS3 curriculum to incorporate opportunities for pupils to be entrepreneurial, leading to pupils being at an academic advantage when perusing careers within Science. I am also passionate about providing opportunities for pupils to debate and talk about different view points within Science and reflect on Christian values.”
Catherine Singh – Science Teacher
Catherine studied Biomedical Science in Cardiff and remained there to work with students in the universities’ Christian Unions. She then moved to London and completed her PGCE at King’s College London.
Catherine is passionate about educating young people as those who will serve our nation in every sphere as future influencers and leaders. She is therefore eager to enable the boys to develop in good character, academic ability and a variety of social capitals.
“It’s a joy to be on the teaching team at The Fulham Boys School and I’m excited to be serving the boys. I am delighted by the nurturing attitude FBS has towards education and the value they place on every aspect of the boys’ lives. I can’t wait to get stuck in!”
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.’
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.”
Ibiyemi Okikiolu – Maths Teacher
After moving to the United Kingdom from Nigeria, Ibiyemi developed an interest in working with children and young adults after volunteering at the Leys Children’s Centre in Dagenham in 2012, where she offered general administrative support, ensured the smooth running of the centre, worked with play and communication workers and organised drop-in-sessions for parents, carers and children.
As part of her school experience programme she volunteered as a Maths teacher at Shooters-Hill Post 16 College in 2014 where she supported small groups of GCSE/A-level pupils in meeting their targets. In June 2015 she graduated with a PGCE Secondary Maths qualification from Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford.
During her career she has had the opportunity to work within primary and secondary schools, colleges and special needs schools across Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham and Havering.
“I am so delighted to be part of the friendly and supportive FBS community where boys are motivated to develop their enterprise skills and Christian values through co-curricular, student council, whole school assemblies, Head of House and Chaplain assemblies. My dream is for all boys to be equipped with problem solving skills, numeracy skills and an outstanding enterprising education”.
Jonathan Brophy – Maths Teacher
Having spent the previous 7 years gaining experience through a multitude of support roles in schools from ALN to Behavioural Lead, Jonathan joins us from William Morris Sixth form where he was the Student Engagement and Inclusion Manager. Having recently studied education at St Mary’s University, his varied experience has enabled him to gain a deeper insight into differing approaches that can be used to better help students strive.
“The Fulham Boys School presents a unique opportunity to teach in a co-curricular way, developing students into enterprising independent learners. I’m excited at the opportunity to be able to help inspire boys to become more passionate learners and innovators in maths’’
Jenny Hunt – STEM Co-ordinator
Finishing school with Science A-levels, she moved to a Humanities degree at University and a Masters in Post-War Recovery Studies. She has worked in three inner city schools, gaining promotions in curriculum and pastoral roles. As of this academic year she will be collaborating with the Science, Maths, Computing and Design Departments to develop STEM based projects and support new members of staff in these areas. After successfully completing her first 140.6 triathlon in 2016, she continues to train hard and competes successfully in races. Her most recent was Slateman Savage in Snowdon where she was 6th.
“I am looking forward to taking on this new role and see working within STEM as a real opportunity to create something bespoke to FBS that really embraces a new pedagogical approach, woven across these areas, and jettisons students forward to experience new careers and exciting technological developments. I will remain a Wilberforce form tutor helping to build on the successes the House has had this year.”
Jordan Angol – Business Studies and Computing Teacher
Jordan started working alongside children in the local community back in 2007 when he gained his FA Coaching Certificate and Referee Certificate. He has been working alongside children ever since, providing opportunities for children to play football to the best of their ability. Whilst building their self-confidence, he worked with them to provide other positive chances in as many areas as possible. Jordan graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with an undergraduate degree in Digital Media and he completed his PGCE in Computer Science at Roehampton University.
“I am delighted to have the chance to be part of The Fulham Boys School, a school with great ambition of becoming the best in the country. I am honoured to be part of this journey, and aim for all boys to leave FBS with the knowledge, skills and attitude to deal with whatever challenges they may come across in life.”
Alison Farrell – Head of Humanities
Alison graduated with a degree in Geography from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 1993. Before embarking on her teaching career she worked in the Policy Department of Oxfam UK for 7 years. Since completing her PGCE in 2001, she has worked in two schools in west London. She comes to The Fulham Boys School with a wealth of experience in leading the development of geography provision at a large comprehensive academy in Hounslow. She has a track record of taking risks and grabbing opportunities for students which range from leading Habitat for Humanity builds in Mozambique to filming an educational documentary in India.
‘Joining The Fulham Boys School at the beginning of its fourth year is an amazing opportunity to help shape the next phase of the school’s development. I am looking forward to becoming part of such a dynamic and ambitious learning community. Helping to support the boys prepare for the challenges ahead and ensuring that they fulfil their potential is really thrilling.’
James Freeman – History Teacher
James studied History of Art at the University of East Anglia, before doing a Master’s in Modern British History at the same university. After leaving university James began working in a school for boys with special educational needs. Whilst there James developed a love of education, and a desire to help boys of all needs and abilities to achieve academically and socially. James has a passion for education and History, with his favourite period being Victorian Britain. James wholeheartedly believes that “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again”, and this runs throughout his teaching.
“I am most looking forward to contributing to the expanding History department, and helping the whole school to achieve its aim of becoming the best school in the country.”
Dan Jarvis – RE Teacher
Dan graduated from the University of Bath Spa with a BA Hons in Education Studies. He spent 3 years in full time church ministry where he was regularly preaching and teaching whilst also leading a teenage youth group. He has a passion for seeing the impact that belief has upon every area of life.
“I am delighted to be joining the FBS teaching staff and to be in an environment that encourages critical thinking and enquiry. I am looking forward to working with the boys to equip them with the skills they need to understand the world around them in the context of religious thought.”
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.”
Josh Missen – PE Teacher
Josh studied BSC in Sports, Physical Education and Coaching Science at University of Birmingham and with International Year Abroad at the University of Queensland, Australia. He has recently qualified as a PE teacher from St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.
Throughout his PGCE year, he taught a variety of sports in two South London schools. Throughout school and university he played football, rugby and water polo and as a result now specialises in team sports. Outside of school, he currently teaches swimming and is extremely excited to continue this and will look to introduce water polo to the school when the school moves to its permanent site.
“I am extremely excited to join FBS on their journey to achieve greatness in PE and sport. Not only will I be fully committed to ensuring the school competes at the highest level possible but will ensure that the sporting activities opportunities enable and promote lifelong healthy active lifestyles. I believe that sport is fundamental to developing a ‘holistic learner’ and is a great vehicle to reinforce the importance of the school’s Christian Values”
Aaron Long – PE Teacher
Aaron joins The Fulham Boys School after teaching for two years at Twickenham Academy Richmond, where he was the Head of Rugby and a ‘Teaching Coach’. Aaron completed both his PGCE and Sports Science degree at St. Marys University where he competed in the University Rowing team.
“I very much look forward to joining The Fulham Boys School and to work in an environment that is built upon Christian principles. As a passionate PE teacher I endeavour to enthuse each boy with a love of sport and provide opportunities for them to develop within the local community. The school already has a strong reputation within the community and I hope I can contribute to this further in the years to come”.
Jack Goldberg – PE Teacher
Jack joined The Fulham Boys School having completed a BSc in Sports Science and Physiology at the University of Leeds prior to gaining his PGCE through the same university and the Red Kite Alliance initial teacher training programme.
Jack began his journey within education at Highgate Wood Secondary School in North London as a Physical Education Teaching Assistant, completing his PGCE in two outstanding schools, Harrogate Grammar School and Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley, in Yorkshire. Jack coached successful U12’s, U12’s sevens teams, worked closely with the Harrogate Grammar School 1XV backs, and supported the elite level rugby players on the Prince Henry’s Educational and Sporting Excellence Programme. With experience and specialisms in cricket and rugby, Jack hopes to add to the already growing reputation within The Fulham Boys School.
“Being offered the opportunity to complete my NQT year and contribute towards the growing status of The Fulham Boys School is hugely exciting! Not only was I blown away by The Fulham Boys School’s ambition on visiting, but having attended a boarding school for my A-levels with equally high expectations of its pupils, I can’t wait to be able to pass on my enthusiasm and passion for sports.”
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‘.
Kevin Scalia – MFL Teacher
Kevin graduated from the University of Catania where he achieved a Postgraduate in Modern Languages in 2012. Back in 2007 he was awarded a European funded scholarship that gave him the opportunity to continue his studies at Cardiff University where he focused on Spanish studies and culture.
Kevin has worked within education in Italy and in the United Kingdom; here he completed his PGSE through LDBS London. During this time he worked at Cranford Community College in West London.
“I am looking forward to joining one of the best schools in the London area and helping its students grow both personally and academically through a varied curriculum and the solid ethos the school offers.
Opening the doors to a language of growing global importance such as Spanish and help students become self-reflective of their learning and progress will be my prerogative.”
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.
Ruth Adams – SENCO
Before joining The Fulham Boys School, Ruth taught in a large comprehensive school in Cardiff as an English teacher. It was there she completed a Master’s in Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University, focusing her research on boys’ literacy and the use of technology in the classroom. Completing the NA SENCo qualification at Roehampton University in 2016, she is passionate about delivering outstanding special educational needs provision at The Fulham Boys School.
“I firmly believe that at the heart of an outstanding school is inclusion and equality for all pupils. With that in mind, I am excited to develop an Additional Learning Needs department that ensures that all boys, regardless of their ability or needs, can access the curriculum and reach their potential. I am committed to developing boys’ talents and strengths, whilst supporting them in areas they may struggle with.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Jamal Johns – Learning Support Assistant
Jamal graduated from St Mary’s University, Twickenham with a degree in Health Exercise and Physical Activity in 2016. Whilst studying he had experience of working within various sporting environments and a local school.
He is passionate about his new role at The Fulham Boys School and is committed to helping students achieve the best they can.
“I am excited to be joining The Fulham Boys School. I set out to encourage and inspire the boys to fulfil their potential. It is an exciting time to join the school with the ongoing improvements and developments being made. As a boy who has grown up in the area it’s a nice feeling for me to be able to give something back”.
Rebekah Blake – Receptionist/General Admin Assistant
Rebekah graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in Sociology, followed by studying for a Masters in Racism and Ethnicity Studies at the University of Leeds. After studying she spent 6 months travelling around South America and the Caribbean. Rebekah has worked in a variety of roles in different schools both in London and Leeds.
“I am excited about joining such a diverse and inclusive team at FBS. Through my studies I have investigated the positive impact that religion and role models can have on young boys and their levels of achievement, and I believe that the school can deliver these things. I look forward to seeing the transition of the boys from when they enter the school to when they leave as successful young men”.
Orin Fredericks – Learning Support Assistant
Orin joins The Fulham Boys School with a wealth of youth work experience, extending well over a decade. He has effectively managed large numbers of vulnerable young people from the ages of 11-25 with successful outcomes. He is also passionate about giving young people a voice to express themselves in order that they can achieve their full potential. FBS is the perfect setting for Orin to help put this into practice.
Orin is a keen footballer, and played to semi-professional level, before hanging up his boots. He now coaches an U13 team and whilst this is only his second season in charge, Orin is confident that silverware is just around the corner! He is a father of two young boys and has lived in Fulham all his life. For his faults he supports Crystal Palace FC and loves to DJ in his spare time.
“I am really excited to be joining The Fulham Boys School. I have heard so many great things from parents and pupils alike. I can’t wait to start helping the next generation achieve and become fantastic role models, not just to their peers in the school, but to the wider community.”
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 – – Headmaster’s PA, Office Manager and Clerk to Governors
Jane joined the Fulham Boys School in September 2015 after having worked for 8 years within 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. Jane is a mother of two and has lived within the borough for most of her life.
“When I joined FBS I was amazed by the dedication of the staff and governors who work tirelessly to ensure the boys receive the very best education and opportunities possible. It’s a pleasure to be a part of such an inspiring team helping to create a truly outstanding school for local boys”.
Nina Gai – Exams and Attendance Officer
Nina has degrees in Philology, Project Management as well as City and Guilds Award in Education and Training. Speaking four European languages fluently Nina teaches Russian as a second and foreign language on a voluntary basis. She joined the FBS in 2016.
“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 standards and high expectations, which provides equal opportunities for children of all abilities and backgrounds. I believe FBS is creating such an environment and I am proud and honoured to be part of its team.”
Sarah Ansah – Finance and Data Officer
Sarah has several year’s background working in finance within the retail head
office sector. This will be her first time working in an education sector. Sarah
has a BA (Hons) in Fashion Technology which includes, design, printing, textiles and garment manufacture. Whilst working in the retail industry she was given the opportunity to work in the finance department, which she enjoyed.
“I am extremely pleased to be a part of the support staff at The Fulham Boys
School. To be able to witness and work alongside a dedicated team of staff,
striving to inspire the boys to their full potential. It’s really good to be in a
school where they express and highlight high standards and good behaviour. I
am glad to be a part of The Fulham Boys School growing journey.”
Vladimir Portnykh – Trainee Teacher of Maths
Vladimir gained his PhD in Finance from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2001 and has extensive financial industry experience. As a holder of 8 international patents, Vladimir knows that research is an integral part of commercial success. He believes that relating his real-life experiences to Maths in the classroom will inspire and challenge the boys.
“I truly enjoy Maths. It is clear that my education was a door opener for me and I know that everyone can benefit from having a sound knowledge of Maths. I firmly believe lack of confidence and motivation in Maths are key problems that need to be challenged. I can’t wait to assist and lead young men at FBS to become confident in their ability to use Maths and inspire them to master Mathematics.”
Mohammed Kuddus – IT Technician
Mr Kuddus started his career in IT by enrolling in a Level 3 apprenticeship with CC media where he achieved his Level 3 qualification. Whilst working for CC media he built, maintained and repaired servers. After completing his apprenticeship Mr Kuddus worked as an ICT Technician at a school in Lewisham where he supported staff and students with ICT related problems.
“I enjoyed working with different systems used by the school as well as helping the school overcome the challenges faced by the ICT infrastructure of the school. I am excited to be working for such an ambitious school and am delighted to have the opportunity to develop/maintain the school’s systems in order to provide a better ICT experience for both staff and students.”
Sam Groves – Intern
“Having studied at Dulwich College, completing A-levels in French, History, and Politics, I am taking a year out of education to gain experience in the world of work and fulfill my ambitions of traveling. I was greatly impressed with the ambition and principles that run all the way through The Fulham Boys School. I am looking forward to supporting students, departments, and staff across the school. I am also greatly excited about the prospect of running a Politics and Current Events club during the co-curricular programme, encouraging political debate and engagement amongst pupils who are interested.”