Key Member

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    Adel Shirbini

    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.

  • Karen Shirbini

    Karen Shirbini is the Inclusion Lead at Ellern Mede School Karen re-joined Ellern Mede School in January 2018. Prior to this Karen held the position of Headteacher at Rhodes Farm School, which was graded as Good with Outstanding features after it’s first inspection in November 2013, this was within two months of the school opening. Prior to this Karen had been the SENCO at Ellern Mede.  In the mainstream setting, Karen was Assistant Head in charge of Inclusion at a large Secondary School within Barnet, her department was graded as “Outstanding” by Ofsted. Karen is passionate about ensuring that all children achieve the best possible outcomes within their educational setting.


  • Marta-Watroba

    Marta Watroba

    Marta oversees the administration, finance, exams, HR 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 across 3 branches (London & Rotherham). She also provides clerical support to the School Advisory Board. Marta joined Ellern Mede School in July 2013 as the School Secretary and PA to the Headteacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in Management.

  • Samreen Shah

    Samreen Shah

    Samreen brings her experience as a teacher, Head of English and alternative provision specialist to her classroom practice. Samreen believes that for a child to succeed academically they must be taught in accordance with their learning style. She has taught in local and international schools, and over recent years specialised in working with young people with special educational needs, mainly dyslexia and dyspraxia. Samreen also has extensive experience working with young people who are struggling at school. Samreen qualified as a teacher at the Institute of Education, London, and has a Masters in Creative Writing from Brunel University.


  • Barbara Maleki

    Barbara Maleki

    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.

  • Phil-Evans

    Phillip Evans

    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.

  • Ruth-Corney

    Ruth Corney

    Ruth Corney, Ellern Mede School’s Art Tutor, has an MA in photography and a BA in sociology, a diploma in English As A Foreign Language (TEFL Dip) and a Certificate in Arts for the Community. She divides her working life between art projects in schools and photography commissions. Ruth joined Ellern Mede School in January 2015. She works with a variety of art mediums. Her aim is to help students reach their creative potential and to facilitate art and textile projects.

  • Leon-Geis

    Leon Geis

    Leon Geis is a multi-instrumental music teacher with over eight years teaching experience. Leon joined Ellern Mede in 2014 and has expanded the music curriculum to accommodate students of all abilities and needs. At Ellern Mede, Leon facilitates lessons in piano, guitar, singing, music theory and production, as well as preparing students for grades, exams, GCSEs and A-levels. He also works closely with other departments at school to organise student-led performances and shows. Prior to teaching, Leon studied Music Performance at the University of West London. He is also an active performing artist as a musician appearing in public nationally.

  • Elena Curtis

    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.

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