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.
Alicia Manley: Associate Head of Sixth Form and Teacher of French
I am 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.
Kate Mungur: Head of Yr 12 and 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.
David Barton: Deputy Head of Maths and 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.
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!
Ruby Huett: Lead Teacher of History
I teach the year 12 and 13 course at A Level. I studied History at the University of Bristol, and focused on international relations through history. I especially looked at Japanese and South-East Asian history as I am very interested in the processes of cultural change caused by globalisation and colonisation. For my dissertation, I looked at the personal letters that remain from a group of English men who lived in Japan in the years 1613-23. After University, I taught English in Southern Italy for a year, before returning to the UK to teach History. I really enjoy teaching the A Level course at KSA as it is so varied and covers key moments of change and development that have created our modern world. It also offers insight into the process of change and development.
Fay Hudson: Teacher of Business BTEC
I teach Year 12 and 13 BTEC Business. Having graduated from Durham in 2016, I decided to stick around for another year. Working for the University for an extra year I helped to enhance the student experience by organising academic and extra-curricular events, leading student pastoral teams and ensuring that the transition to University was an enjoyable one. Having worked in industry for a year I decided to join the Teach First programme and become a teacher. I enjoy working with students to investigate a wide range of businesses and tackle difficult business problems to help expand our knowledge of the wider world. I particularly enjoy seeing students grow throughout the vocational course as they take part in activities both inside and outside of the classroom that help to develop confidence, communication and resilience, all of which are essential in University preparation.
Emma Harford: Teacher of Business
I teach on our Business course in the sixth form. I studied Business and Management at Durham University. I then trained to teach through Teach First and gained a PGCE from UCL and have stayed on there to study for a Masters in Leadership. I love Corporate Social Responsibility and debating the role of business in society. What role do they play in developing economies, promoting equality and protecting the environment? Finance is another exciting area of Business. I love using financial documents and ratios to analyse business performance, identify problems and recommend solutions. My favourite part of teaching Business is when students are excited about sharing how they have seen Business theory in real life outside of school.
Maddy Sakakini: Teacher of 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.
Anna Griffiths: Teacher of French
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.
Ania Chawluk: Lead 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.
Aidan Docherty: Teacher of Physics
I teach the physics A-level course at KSA. I graduated in 2016 with an MEng in mechanical engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, specialising in thermodynamics and fluid dynamics. After completing an engineering research project in India I decided to train as a science teacher through Teach First. As part of the programme I had the opportunity to teach science at a summer school in Oslo and contribute to an education project at the Institute of Physics. One of my favourite concepts in physics is the light year. It helps us appreciate the vast scale of the universe we live in and the also the beauty of the night sky. When we look up at the stars we are looking into the past, as the light we see has taken many years to reach our retinas!
Faye Styles: Teacher of Biology
I am teaching Year 13 Biology this year. I graduated from The University of Leeds with a degree in Human Physiology and a PhD in Mitochondrial Respiration in Cardiovascular Disease. I really love the Human Biology modules in the A-Level course, especially the heart dissection practical where you really delve into how the structure of this organ links to its function. You develop a detailed knowledge of the cardiovascular system and how it functions in health and disease. The course is great because the content is related to real life and it helps us to understand the world around us. A-Level Biology is also great at developing scientific skills such a problem solving, data analysis, report writing, team work, critical thinking and research skills which are all highly desirable to future employers.
Gabbie Bristow: Teacher of Politics
I teach the A Level Politics course at KSA. I graduated with a first in History and Politics from Queen Mary University London, where I focused on modern feminist history and British politics. Before training as a teacher, I worked in a variety of political roles in Westminster, including as a parliamentary assistant for an MP, a researcher for an education think tank and a constituency organiser in the 2017 General Election. My favourite part of teaching politics is seeing pupils gain an awareness of the political system around them as they begin to question the nature of UK democracy and assess where power really lies.
Holly Brown: University Access Officer for The Access Project
I run the in-school mentoring programme for The Access Project, a charity which helps students from backgrounds which are underrepresented in higher education go to selective universities. I hold a PhD in Literary Studies from Ghent University, an MA in Comparative Literary Studies from Goldsmiths University, and a BA in American Studies from the University of Nottingham.