Meet the Staff
Richard Tindell: Head of Sixth Form, Teacher of Economics and Business
I am the Head of Sixth Form teaching Economics A level and BTEC Business this year. I read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St John’s College Oxford and have a Masters in International Development and Education Economics. My passion for economics comes from its ability to help us explain and interpret the world. I have worked on development projects in Uganda, Nigeria and Kosovo as well as teaching at three different schools in London and every job I have done has shown the power of economics to transform the way world works. My particular area of interest within economics is international economics and international development. I have a deep interest in the question of how economies can make their citizens richer and whose responsibility it is to ensure that development happens.
Jess Petrie: Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Teacher of English
I am the Deputy Head of Sixth Form at KSA and I lead KS5 English Literature. I started teaching in the West Midlands as part of the Teach First programme and this is my third year at KSA. I love teaching my subject because of how much it allows students to learn about the world; it’s a myth that Literature is only the study of certain texts – it is the study of history, culture, and society across the ages. My favourite area of the subject to teach is Drama – from Shakespeare to Pinter, I love this form of Literature and how alive studying it can make a classroom!
Maddy Sakakini - Yr 12 French
Teaching Year 12 French. I graduated from Durham University in French with Arabic before working in France for an international music organisation. Language learning has given me the opportunity to work in Italy, Japan and Canada, in the field of education. I have always been fascinated by linguistics and language, and I have a special interest in Francophone literature and poetry. Please come speak to me if you want to talk about French politics and culture. I love my subject! It allows me to explore different perspectives on the world.
Kate Mungur: Lead Teacher of Psychology
I am teaching Year 12 and 13 Psychology, and Year 12 Business Studies. I graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BSc in Psychology before deciding to join teaching. I trained through the Institute of London (UCL) gaining my PGCE in 2014. From starting to study my A levels I developed a love for psychology, understanding human behavior and the motivations behind behaviour and actions. When studying psychology at university, a key area of interest for me was evolutionary theory, my dissertation had a focus on this aspect of human and animal relationships, and the relevance of this theory for specific behaviors shown in society today. Another area of interest lies around education, learning and disability, which I was able to focus on in greater detail through completing the NASENCo qualification. Psychology is all around us, and is involved with all interactions that we have, how could you not love it?
Craig Latimir: Head of Mathematics
I am teaching Year 12 and Year 13 Mathematics. I read Mathematics at Royal Holloway, University of London and graduated with first-class honours. I went on to study for a PGCE at the University of Oxford and then, a year later, studied for an MSc in Learning and Teaching. Two parts of mathematics that I enjoy are the ways in which it can be used to help describe and explain the world around us and in how it can be used to solve all manner of problems. The part of my job I love the most is seeing that moment when everything comes together for a student and they are able to make sense of whatever concept we are currently studying.
Guy Bowles: Trainee Mathematics Teacher
I am teaching GCSE Mathematics and A-level Further Mathematics. I graduated with a degree in Pure Mathematics from the University of Liverpool and an MSc in Mathematics & Finance from Imperial College where I specialised in pure mathematics, probability and game theory. I worked for 30 years in finance before selling my investment business in 2016. I hugely enjoy mathematical puzzles and always like to receive new ones!
Matt Smith: Teacher of Mathematics
I am teaching Year 12 Mathematics. I graduated with a BA in Economics from Leeds University where I specialised in Econometrics and the building of mathematical models to approximate parts of the economy.
I then worked my way up the ranks of a Spread Trading firm in London, becoming Senior Market Maker and specialising in the mathematical modelling of cricket matches and the refining of these models so as to nearly exactly mirror real-life.
The aspect of maths I most love is probability since this underpins every interaction of every particle in the universe!
Alice Dee: Access Project Coordinator
I’m Ms Dee and I graduated from St Aidan’s College, Durham University with a degree in Biological Sciences in 2015. During my degree I focused on molecular biology, taking particular interest in how cells respond to external changes in their environment and the signalling pathways triggered in the process. I love Biology because it explains so many processes that occur in a human or an animal or plant every second. Without research and technology we’d have no idea about all these processes, and they’re so interesting! After completing my studies I stayed in Durham and worked as the President of my College for a year. I was then elected as the President of Durham Students’ Union until July 2017.
David Barton: Teacher of Mathematics
I am teaching Year 12 Mathematics. I graduated with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Selwyn College, Cambridge in 2013 before deciding to join teaching. I trained through Teach First gaining my PGCE in 2014. From early in my education I enjoyed mechanics and physics, as I loved being able to model real systems as equations and understand how they worked. My speciality in maths is therefore Mechanics, come and ask if you want to know why a boomerang turns! My interests outside of work in the field are Formula 1, space travel, and sci-fi movies. One thing I love about my subject? Understanding how the world works.
Lydia Povey: Head of Maths
I am the Head of Maths at KSA and will be teaching across the secondary school this year. I graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Maths and have now been working at KSA for five years! I love finding patterns and applying theorems to new situations whilst studying maths, enabling us to model the world around us. My favourite part of the study of Maths is complex numbers.
Ania Chawluk: Teacher of Spanish
I am the Lead Teacher of Spanish at KSA and I will be teaching Year 12 and Year 13 languages this year. I graduated with a degree in French and Spanish before completing the Teach First programme to work towards by PGCE. I love the variety of cultures I can access through my study of languages and the freedom to travel; I can enjoy the music and literature of the different cultures I am able to understand by speaking French and Spanish. My areas of interest include Latin American dictatorships, the current economic situation in Spain and the anthropological topography of South American.
Alice Jackson: Teacher of Physics
I will be teaching A-level Physics this year as well as being a Year 7 class teacher! I studied at University College London, just down the road from KSA. I love my subject because Physics explains the hidden secrets of the things we think we already understand. My favourite part of studying Physics is understanding solid state physics and exploring nuclear research.
Alicia Manley: Teacher of French
I am Lead Teacher of French at KSA and will be teaching Year 12 and Year 13 languages this year. This is my second year at KSA where I have also taught History at A-level. I graduated from Durham University with a degree in History and French and I then went on to complete the Teach First programme in London. I love studying and teaching French because I love reading literature and watching film from the target culture; French Literature from the 20th century is my passion, as well as analysing the origins of the French Revolution.
Abi Taylor: Head of Humanities, Teacher of History
I am the Head of Humanities at KSA and I will be teaching A-level History. I studied at The University of Nottingham and graduated with a degree in History. I love teaching my subject because of the variety of topics you can learn; I love being able to link a topic to help explain something occurring in the present day. My specialist interests include: the Tudors, Russian 19th and 20th century and social history.
I am teaching French to Y12 this year, along with Ms Sakakini. I studied Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at New College, Oxford and I have enjoyed teaching both A Level French and Spanish over the past 6 years. I spent my year abroad working for a newspaper in Paris and as an au pair in Seville. I enjoy reading a variety of both Francophone and Hispanic literature and I have a particular interest in linguistics and language change over time.