Adel Shirbini joined Ellern Mede School in January 2011 as Headteacher. Prior to joining the School, Adel held the position of Senior School Improvement Professional at Harrow Council, during which time he served as an Attached Adviser to four “outstanding” secondary schools, and held the remit for 14-19 Education, 16-19 Commissioning, the Strategic Lead for ICT across all Harrow schools, managed the Governor Services Support Team, and the Teachers’ International Professional Development Programme. Prior to this, Adel served on Senior Leadership teams in secondary schools in London, and the South East of England, including inner London. After qualifying from Nottingham University with a BA (Hons) in Geography, he trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education, London University.
He has always made sure he has kept abreast of current thinking in education which has resulted in his completion of the National Professional Qualification for Headteacher (NPQH) and studying for an M Phil in education at Middlesex University. Adel qualified as an Associate Inspector with Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills). Although he has spent most of his time in education, he has also gained commercial experience having spent seven years in senior roles in industry.
Marta Watroba joined Ellern Mede School in July 2013 as the School Secretary and PA to the Headteacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in Management. Marta oversees the administration, finance and secretarial functions of the school providing professional leadership and management of the support and administration team thereby enhancing the effectiveness of the school to deliver the high standards of teaching, learning and assessment. She also provides clerical support to the School Advisory Board.
Samreen has always believed that the study of English Literature allows students to understand and make sense of the world around them. Since joining the team at Ellen Mede, Samreen has enjoyed teaching each child as an individual and being able to create lessons which cater to their individual needs. She teaches English and Media Studies and is committed to helping students reach their best potential in both subjects.
Marcin has been a Maths teacher at Ellern Mede School for the last two years. He graduated from the University of Zielona Gora, Poland with a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Mathematics teaching. Marcin taught in secondary school in Poland for two years before transferring to teaching in the UK. Marcin makes a significant contribution to the local Polish community through his work with the Polish Saturday School Network. He also volunteers as a football coach for a local junior football team.
Barbara Maleki is Ellern Mede School’s general science and biology teacher. She had over ten years´ experience of highlevel science, teaching Human Physiology to nursing students before retraining as a -school teacher. Following her teaching qualification she worked in international schools in Spain teaching biology and general science. Barbara moved to the UK in 2015 to teach in schools in London. Her passion is to teach students to develop their scientific thinking based on sound reasoning and drawing evidence-based conclusions. She believes that this will help them in future to successfully face different and challenging situations and make good decisions about their future life path.
Phillip Evans is one of our longest serving members of staff at Ellern Mede School. He manages the curriculum and teaches in art as well as design technology. Phillip has had over ten years’ experience of teaching pupils with a wide range of special needs and behavioural challenges. He has also worked with very high-achieving pupils in international settings and schools. He sees Art and Design and Making activities as important forms of expression which lead to open-ended personal solutions and the development of core skills such as research, communication and problem solving which are key transferable skills in social interactions and the world of work and further education. He has also worked as a freelance graphic designer, photographer and furniture maker and brings experience of the working world outside of teaching.
Ellie has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a first class master’s degree in Gender Studies, and believes that in capturing the imagination of young people, literature truly has the potential to change the world. Though she is new to the classroom, she honed her teaching skills through one-on-one tutoring, plus a season of ski instructing in the Canadian Rockies. She enjoys every aspect of classroom support and hopes to fully qualify as a teacher in the future.