Academic Faculty


Matthew Onwumah

Teacher of Science
  • University of Port Harcourt – BSc Microbiology (Hons)
  • University of Port Harcourt – MSc. Microbiology
  • University of Nottingham - PGCEi
  • Gems Founders School – Higher Level Teaching Ass.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes School – Science Teacher
  • Tarabya British School – Science Teacher

Mark Williams

Teacher Year 3
  • University of Central Lancashire - Ba Hons Animation/Fine Art
  • Cambridge School of English CELTA
  • University of Cumbria - PGCE
  • Shinjeong Elementary School, South Korea - EAL Teacher
  • Jeju Elementary School, South Korea - EAL

Thomas Hughes

MP1 Co-ordinator and Teacher of Year 2
  • BA Durham University: Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity
  • Durham University: PGCE, QTS (1 year)
  • St George International School, Bulgaria – Year 5 Primary English teacher
  • Greengates International School, Mexico – Year 3 Primary Teacher
  • Cambridge International School, Moscow – Year 1 Teacher

Vivienne Rose

Teacher of Year 3
  • Massey University, NZ. Bachelor of Education
  • Palmerston North Teachers’ College Diploma of Teaching
  • University of Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • British International School Serbia. Teacher of Year 3
  • Cambridge International School Armenia, Teacher of Years 3 and 4
  • Cambridge International School Moscow, Teacher of Years 3 and 4

Rob Mitchell

Science Teacher
  • University of Kent – BSc (Hons) Biology
  • Sheffield Hallam University – Secondary PGCE (Science)
  • All Saints Catholic High School – Science Teacher

Anastasia Aviss

Teacher of Year 1
  • Professional communication in English and Spanish languages at Moscow State Linguistic University (Bachelor's degree)
  • Hotel manager at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (Bachelor's degree)
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language at International Open Academy
  • EYFS Teaching Advanced Level 3 and Level 4 at International Open Academy
  • Speech development of preschool age children – for Russian speakers
  • Reception teacher at the British School of Lome
  • Learning Assistant in Year 2 and Russian curriculum teacher at Cambridge International School Moscow
  • Learning Assistant at Year 1 at Brookes Moscow

Paul Appleby

Teacher of Year 5
  • University of South Australia, Bachelor of Teaching (primart)
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Croydon, UK Montessori Preschool Diploma (NAMC)
  • Kaiwen Academy Beijing, Grade 5 British School Tashkent, Secondary English King’s School Manila, Yr 6

Michelle Cheng

Teacher of Music
  • Bachelor of Music (Hons.), The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
  • PGDE (Music), Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Curriculum Design & Development, IBE UNESCO
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Political Science, University of Iceland
  • St. Stephen's College (Hong Kong) - Teacher of Music
  • Green Hills Academy (Rwanda) - Teacher of Music
  • Ministry of Education (Singapore) - Music Specialist

Debbie Duckworth

EAL Teacher
  • Manchester University
  • Professional Studies in Nursing
  • Tameside College - Further and Adult Education Teaching Certificate
  • International TEFL and TESOL Training – Certificcate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Lyceum Alpinum, Zuoz, Switzerland – EAL class teacher and Senior Girls Boarding House Mistress
  • Lyceum Alpinum, Zuoz, Switzerland – EAL class teacher and Senior Girls Boarding House Mistress
  • International School Manila, Philippines – Health Centre Manager

David Ayliffe

Teacher of Computer Science
  • Wolverhampton University, Wolverhampton, England, BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a specialism in Software Engineering.
  • Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England: MA TESOL with Applied Linguistics
  • Cambridge CELTA
  • Cambridge DELTA
  • Qualified Teacher Status (Computer Science)
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Education from Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England
  • Computer Science Trainee Teacher, Redhill Secondary School, Stourbridge, West Midlands, England
  • Computer Science Trainee Teacher, Ormiston Forge Academy, Old Hill, West Midlands, England

Mike Duckworth

Head of Science Department
  • Staffordshire University UK. Bsc Honors degree in combined science (Biology and Physics)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Secondary Science from the Open University
  • Letovo School Moscow, teacher of IB Biology
  • British International School Ukraine, teacher of science, Gifted and Talented student coordinator Lyceum Alpinum In Zuoz, Switzerland, Head of Science Department

Jade Geldard

Reception Class Teacher
  • BA Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, England
  • Assessment Only Route to QTS, University of Reading (3-7 year olds)
  • EYFS Teacher
  • Year Group Leader for Preschool and Reception
  • Tapestry Coordinator
  • Teaching and Learning Coordinator for the Early Years Department
  • Preschool Teacher

Ollie Ives

Head of English and EAL
  • BA in English and Art History (Joint Honours), University of Aberystwyth, Wales from 2006 - 2009
  • Completed Graduate teacher program as a Secondary English Teacher in Essex, England from 2011 – 2012
  • English Teacher at the British School of Costa Rica, 2019 - 2021
  • English Teacher at the British School of Kuwait, 2015 - 2018
  • English teacher and Head of Media Studies at Ras al Khaimah Academy, UAE, 2013 - 2015

David Rutene

Teacher Assistant
  • IETT: Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Southland Institute of Technology, New Zealand: Sports Training and Development
  • Harrow International School Shanghai – EAL Teacher
  • International Academy Amman – Teaching Assistant/Sports Coach
  • International School Ikast Brande – Teaching Assistant/Sports Coach

Leah Rutene

Assistant Head of Lower Primary and Teacher of Year 1
  • University of Canterbury, New Zealand Master of Education
  • Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood)
  • Harrow International Shanghai, China
  • British School Jakarta, Indonesia
  • International Academy Amman, Jordan

Bettina Robertson

Nursery Teacher
  • Master of Education, University of Essex
  • Bachelor of Social Science -Psychology and Philosophy, University of Cape Town
  • Bachelor of Social Science Honours Psychology, University of South Africa
  • TESOL -Cape Town International School of Language
  • PGCE - Early Childhood Development and Foundation Phase University of South Africa
  • Early Years Teacher - British International School Ukraine Dnipro, Ukraine
  • Teacher- American International School of Cape Town Cape Town, South Africa
  • English Teacher- Ganseok Elementary School Incheon, South Korea

Elena Babitskaya

EAL Teacher
  • Master Diploma (Master Degree equivalent) in Linguistics. Ural Federal University
  • Bachelor Diploma (Undergraduate Bachelor Degree equivalent) in Pedagogical Education
  • Diploma in French language translation and interpretation
  • GA Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International
  • Secondary French Teacher and ESL Support St George International School and Preschool / Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Primary English Teacher Thomas Jefferson Institute / Mexico City, Mexico

Anna Ayliffe

Teacher of Year 4
  • BA (Hons) in Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultures (Tomsk State University)
  • MA in Education (The University of Derby)
  • QTS w/ PGCE, Delta, Celta, IELTS 8.5
  • Haybridge Alliance SCITT (Hagley, England) - Primary Trainee
  • Abdullah Gul University (Turkey) - Listening Coordinator
  • Eastern International University (Vietnam) - Teaching Fellows of English Preparatory Studies

Gozel Appleby

Teacher of Year 2

Gerald Toon

Teacher of Humanities
  • Dubai International Academy, UAE - Teacher of Business Studies
  • Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Brighton, UK - Head of Business Studies
  • University of Brighton, UK. BA (Hons) Business Education QTS

Suzette Sanders

Primary Teacher

John Griffin

  • University and degree UCNW History -Nautical Archaeology
  • University and teaching qualification PGSE, PGSEN
  • British School Benalmadena (Spain) KS3 Science, Math, PE
  • British International School Almeria- Year 5 Outdoor Education
  • WIST Year 7 Maths, Primary Wellbeing

Alice Bowers

Teacher of Humanities
  • PGCE in Geography Teaching. Manchester Metropolitan University
  • BA Geography 1st Class (Hons). Bangor University, University of Wales
  • Level 1 & 2 Basic Counselling Skills. Harlech Coleg, Bangor

Elretha Koch

Head of Humanities and Examination Officer
  • St Dominic’s International School, Portugal- Teacher of IB DP Geography and MYP Individuals and Society.
  • QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) - Department for Education, UK
  • St Dominic’s International School, Portugal- Teacher of IB DP Geography and MYP Individuals and Society.
  • British School of Costa Rica - Head of Geography
  • St Nicholas International School, Brazil - Head of Humanities

Emily Hansen

Teacher of English
  • IB training, CELTA and TEFL
  • BA degree in Women’s Studies and English from UNBC in British Columbia

Chris Walker

Deputy Head of Secondary - Pastoral and Teacher of English
  • Liverpool University. BA Combined Hons. English/History 2:2
  • De Montfort University. Post Graduate Certificate of Education. English Pass

Anna Cowper

Head of KS 5
Teacher of English and Media Studies
Teacher of Science
  • Royal Institute of Linguists, UK (Diploma in Translation)
  • London Institute of Education (PGCE Language teaching)
  • University of London (MA Russian Language & Literature)
  • University Of Durham (BA Russian With French)

Sandor Lukacs

Teacher of Maths
  • IB DP Category 2 Workshop, Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation, Dubai, UAE
  • IB DP Category 2 Workshop, Mathematics Standard Level, London, UK
  • ELTE UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF SCIENCE, Budapest, Hungary Master’s degree – Qualified Teacher of Mathematics and Physics (MSc)
  • PETŐFI SÁNDOR HIGH SCHOOL, Sárbogárd, Hungary Specialisation of Mathematics-Physics class, 5 Final Examinations (A level equivalent) with top grade results (A* equivalent)

Donna Roberts

Teacher of Year 6
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, Business Management Degree
  • University of Chester, PGCE in Primary Education

Ozen Kutlay

Teacher of Maths and Examination Officer
  • Bachelor of Science Mathematics Bilkent University
  • Teaching Certificate Bilkent University
  • Mathematics Head of Department
  • European Azerbaijan School - Math Teacher
  • Gems International School, Al Khail - Math Teacher
Mr. Richard Tapp

Mr. Richard Tapp

Teacher of Humanities
  • MA Hons (2:1) History, University of Aberdeen, Scotland UK.
  • International Post Graduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE), University of Buckingham, UK.

Ms. Mandy Stiebel

Head of Creative & Performing Arts
  • MA Drama Education, Middlesex University, UK
  • HDE (QTS), Edgewood College of Education (Drama and PE)

Mr. Richard Reynolds

Teacher of Art
  • Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, Second Class Honours (1st Division) University of Northumbria, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.
  • Postgraduate Higher Diploma Fine Art, Slade School of Art, University College London, London, UK.
  • Diploma in Art and Design, Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology, UK.