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Grainne Mclaughin

Grainne Kitsiou-McLaughlin

Head of School - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Grainne

11 years

Qualifications and Awards

  • BA (Hons), Maths and Statistics, Maynooth University, Ireland

  • BEd (Hons) Maths and Business, Maynooth University, Ireland

  • Diploma in Psychology, Maynooth University, Ireland

  • Leadership Pathways Qualification

I am the Head of School at The Gateway Academy with 17 years' teaching experience. The very essence of my vocation is about supporting the staff and students to be the best they can be. I have experience in a variety of leadership roles including Head of Mathematics, Head of Year, Assistant Principal and Vice Principal. Ultimately, I believe having the opportunity to get involved in so many facets of leadership has given me the confidence, resilience, skills and expertise to be effective.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Becoming a Headteacher

  • Leadership development

  • Culture for learning, managing change

  • Living a blended work life

For more information on any of these, contact::

grainne.mclaughlin@theglc.org.uk

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Ute Steenkamp

Dr Ute Steenkamp

Progress Leader Year 8 - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Ute

4 Years

Qualifications and Awards

  • B.Ed (FET) University of Pretoria

  • B.Ed (Hons) University of Pretoria

  • M.Ed University of Pretoria

  • PhD (Educational Psychology focused on inclusive education) University of South Africa

  • Pearson National Teaching Awards, shortlisted for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, 2021

I am an experienced lead with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry and holistic wellness of students. Skilled in pastoral development, inclusive education and teaching and learning with 14 years' teaching experience. Currently teaching English and psychology at The Gateway Academy as well as Progress Leader for Year 8.

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David Zeffie

Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Dave

9 years

Qualifications and Awards

  • BA (Hons) German, University of Hull

  • BEd (Hons) MFL Education (French, German, Spanish), University of Sunderland

  • Diploma in Translation and Interpreting, University of Toulouse

  • Specialist Leader of Education

  • NPQML/SL Facilitator

  • Commander’s Commendation for Services to the Community, Metropolitan Police

  • Table Tennis England Umpire

  • Certified Google Educator

I am a senior leader with 26 years' teaching experience. Having worked in three schools and been on leadership teams for the past 13 years, I am committed to ensuring that all students maximise their potential as well as providing support for staff to become the best teacher possible. My leadership experience is in MFL, pastoral, teaching and learning, inclusion, learning technologies and Sixth Form. My subject specialisms are MFL and religious studies.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Teacher development

  • Stepping up to senior leadership

  • Inclusive education

  • Becoming an SLE

  • Digital learning technologies

  • NPQML/NPQSL

  • Coaching and mentoring

  • Pedagogy in MFL

For more information on any of these, contact:

david.zeffie@theglc.org.uk

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Julian Moruzzi

Julian Moruzzi

Vice Principal - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Julian

11 years

Qualifications and Awards

  • NPQH (current)

  • MA Educational Leadership, Warwick University

  • BSc (Hons) Computer programming, University of Wales

  • PGCE Mathematics/Computer Science

  • HND Computer Information Systems

  • NPQML

  • NPQML/SL Facilitator

  • Teaching Leaders Fellow

I am a senior leader at the Gateway Academy with 12 years' teaching experience. Having worked in a range of careers, this vocation is one that provides a reward every day allowing direct, positive change to many lives. I have experienced various roles at The Gateway Academy: Assistant Principal, Head of Faculty, Mathematics/ICT/Computing/Business teacher. I have developed professionally by taking part in the Teaching Leaders programme and currently the Ambition Institute Headship Programme. 

Areas of interest and expertise

  • NPQH/ NPQSL/ NPQML

  • Stepping up to senior leadership,

  • Applying, completing a Masters in Education

  • CPOMS

  • Attitudes to Learning/ Behaviour Management

  • Ambition Institute Programmes

  • Nurturing the emotional needs of students

  • Attendance within schools

  • Support with exclusions

For more information on any of these, contact:

julian.moruzzi@theglc.org.uk

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Lisa Kelly

Lisa Kelly

Assistant Principal - Mathematics - The Gateway Academy 

Time at GLC

About Lisa

10 years

Qualifications and Awards

  • MA Educational Leadership

  • BSc (Hons) Science Education with Physics and Maths Dublin City University

  • NPQML

  • NPQSL

  • Specialist Leader of Education

  • Level 7 Apprentice in Educational Leadership

  • Pearson National Teaching Awards, shortlisted for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, 2021

I have 12 years' experience in Education. Having worked in Ireland and the Middle East, I then came to the Gateway Academy where I progressed to becoming Head of Mathematics and then Assistant Principal. It has been an amazing Journey, one which surprises and rewards day after day. I am currently studying an MA in Educational Leadership to further progress in my career and provide our students with the outstanding education that they deserve.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • NPQSL/ NPQML

  • Stepping up to senior leadership

  • Becoming a Head of Faculty

  • Showing and evidencing impact

  • Applying, completing a Masters in Education

  • Numeracy

  • Becoming an SLE

For more information on any of these, contact:

lisa.kelly@theglc.org.uk

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Ami Dixon

Ami Dixon

Progress Leader/ Teacher - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Ami

9 years

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons), Dance, University of Chichester

  • QTS - University of Essex

  • GLC Teacher of the Year Award, 2016 and 2020

  • NPQML

I have 9 years' experience within education and in this time have had the opportunity to lead the careers initiative across The Gateway Academy, support new members of staff as a mentor as well as gain my NPQML qualification. I am a dance teacher within the Academy but in the past I have taught many other subjects. Alongside my teaching role I am also a Progress Leader for year 10 where my passion is to support, guide and encourage all students to achieve their potential.

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Billy Lovelock

Billy Lovelock

Head of Technology - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Billy

3 years

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Design & Technology with QTS, University of Bangor

I am the Head of the technology faculty at The Gateway Academy with 9 years' teaching experience. I have worked in two different schools with a range of different role; these include technology SEND teacher, lead practitioner within technology as well as Head of design & technology and now Head of Faculty. I am a believer in excellent teaching, the love and passion for the art of education, particularly delivering technology and building a strong supportive team. I want every student to have a love for technology and believe that creative lesson resources enhance the learning experience. My main area of teaching is design and technology although previously I have taught food technology and media studies.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Mentoring and coaching both staff and students

  • Teaching practical units

  • Faculty leadership

  • Strong working relationships with students

For more information on any of these, contact:

billy.lovelock@theglc.org.uk

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Andrada Rus

Lead Practitioner - Mathematics - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Andrada

5 years

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Economics Studies , Coventry University 

  • QTS – Maths

  • Lead practitioner accreditation

  • Advanced Level of Linguistic Competencies in English Certificate (Interpreter)

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Teacher Subject Specialist Training – MFL – Spanish

I am a lead practitioner for maths and I have been teaching at The Gateway Academy for 5 years. My journey to teaching started at The Gateway Academy, where I trained and qualified as a maths teacher. Within three years I progressed to being the Key stage 3 Coordinator for maths. As English is not my first language, I have really enjoyed being able to utilise my translating skills to welcome and support parents who struggle with English in meetings. These skills have also benefited the students as I have been able to teach maths in both English and Romanian, to ease the pressure for some of the EAL students. I am delighted to be able to support pupils in this way and as a result I have taken the opportunity to also teach Spanish at The Gateway Academy.

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Danielle Robertson

Danielle Robertson

Mathematics/PE Teacher - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Danielle

2 years

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons), Sport and Exercise Science & Physical Education, Christ Church University in Canterbury, Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Secondary PE and Maths

After completing my PGCE in Secondary PE and maths in 2018, I joined The Gateway Academy teaching staff team. Having been successful in my NQT year within both the maths and PE departments, in my second year of teaching I was able to consolidate my skills by producing and delivering a series workshops for the current NQTs, investigating research literature and professional models and fusing these with our classroom practices. This has been especially exciting at the moment due to remote learning, allowing us as professionals to examine the effectiveness of strategies and their impact on learning outcomes. Being relatively new to the teaching profession I feel that I have a fresh perspective whilst still being keen to learn from my more experienced colleagues. I am so passionate about the process of teaching and learning and although I have only been at The Gateway Academy a short time, I feel that I have grown so much as a teacher and that is down to the exceptional team that I am surrounded by.

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Caroline Chibanda

Caroline Chibanda

Science Teacher - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Caroline

4 years

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons), Biochemistry & Nutrition, University of Bedfordshire

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Bedfordshire

I am a science teacher with 14 years' teaching experience. I have worked in three international schools with passion and dedication to make sure students improve upon their best. In 2017 l was nominated for the Thurrock Teaching Award for excellence in science and technology. My specialism is biochemistry with a very strong interest in mentoring and coaching. I am also an aspiring lead practitioner with my project focusing on aspects of EAL in teaching and learning. In addition, I enjoy playing and coaching basketball.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Coaching and mentoring

  • Teaching and learning

  • Modelling scientific experiments

For more information on any of these, contact:

caroline.chibanda@theglc.org.uk

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Jolene McManus

Jolene McManus

 Lead Practitioner - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Jolene

11 years

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Science Education, Dublin City University

  • Lead Practitioner

  • NPQML

  • Currently doing a Masters in Education Leadership

I am a middle leader with 12 years' teaching experience. I started my journey in Ireland where I trained to be a teacher in both maths and science. Moving to the UK I became a member of the Gateway Academy teaching community in 2009 and I have never looked back. I have experienced so many exciting roles during my time at the Academy. I started off as the assessment coordinator in maths, progressing to second in the maths faculty. The next part of my journey took me down the pastoral path; I became Head of College for 3 years which then developed into the role of Head of Year 11 for another 3 years. I believed this time helped shape me as a teacher and a leader. During that time I've had the pleasure of working with many colleagues in a mentoring capacity. The next stage of my educational career has enabled me to become a member of the teaching and learning team. This gave me the opportunity to train and a gain Lead Practitioner accreditation. My journey is continuing and I am excited to further collaborate with my colleagues in the Gateway Learning Community

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Teacher training

  • Coaching and mentoring

  • Teaching and learning

  • Pastoral leadership

For more information on any of these, contact:

jolene.mcmanus@theglc.org.uk

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Kate Clarke

Kate Clarke

SENCO - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Kate

4 years

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Sciences, City University of London

  • Access to HE Diploma: biology, chemistry & physics

  • NVQ Level 3 Childcare Education

  • National Qualification for Special Educational Needs

I have been working at The Gateway Academy for 4 years. Prior to this I completed 7 years working in early years' education in a nursery setting. This was where my interest grew in the area of speech and language development. I completed my teacher training and NQT year as a science teacher and I have a passion for ensuring that children with SEND embrace their dreams. I strive relentlessly with my team to support all students with SEND to achieve their full potential.

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Alex Mitchell

Alex Mitchell

Assistant Principal - English - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Alex

3 years

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in History, University of Leeds

  • Taught MA in Modern History, University of Leeds

  • CertTESOL

  • PGCE

I am a senior leader at The Gateway Academy with 8 years of teaching experience. Currently, I am the Head of English and Literacy across the school and my past experience includes being a Head of Year and as a member of the Teaching and Learning team. I am passionate about ensuring students at The Gateway Academy are provided with the opportunity to explore a range of literary works and concepts, and are challenged to become confident and articulate communicators, readying them for life beyond their secondary school experiences.

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Natasha Gazzard

Science teacher – The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Natasha

2 year

Qualifications

  • Veterinary Bioscience BSc (Hons)

  • Counselling skills (MQ)

I studied Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Surrey. I then went on to do a work placement in Valencia where I worked within a University Laboratory with Staphylococcus aureus and rabbits. My favourite subject within my degree was parasitology. I want to bring my passion for Science into the classroom and help shape the next generation of Scientists!

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Teacher training experience

  • School Direct programme

For more information on any of these, contact:

natasha.gazzard@theglc-ict.co.uk

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Cormac Fanning

Cormac Fanning

Assistant Principal - Science - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Cormac

3 years

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Biological Science, University of North London

  • PGCE Secondary Science, The Institute of Education 

  • NCSL Leadership Pathways 

  • Shokotan Karate Instructor

Since joining the teaching profession in the year 2000, I have been fortunate enough to have had an amazing journey through a series of challenging but rewarding schools with a fantastic group of professionals. I worked on introducing the National Strategy (formerly the National Literacy Strategy) in a school in Tottenham, and spent time as a Head of Year and Head of Science in Hackney and Haringey. I led on behaviour management in an Academy in Havering with recognition for our impact in the Houses of Commons and Lords. I have worked on managing assessment in an Enfield school, and now find myself as Assistant Principal for science, working with some of the hardest-working, most diligent and talented staff.

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Nathan Hunnisett

Nathan Hunnisett

Vice Principal - The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Nathan

8 years

Qualifications

  • BEd (Hons)

  • Diploma in Professional Coaching

I am a senior leader with 23 years' teaching experience. Having worked in three schools and accumulated 17 years of leadership, my drive and motivation are as strong as ever. I am passionate about ensuring students have every possible opportunity to enhance their lives through the process of education as well as supporting staff to be the best teacher they can. My leadership experiences in schools have centred predominantly around pastoral care and behaviour management, however more recently I have been working more closely with the Teaching and Learning Team. My subject specialisms are physical education and geography.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • School leadership and change culture

  • Teaching and learning

  • Pastoral leadership

  • The science of learning

  • Developing emotional intelligence

  • Professional coaching

  • Nurturing the emotional needs of students

  • Developing independence in children

  • Social mobility

  • Curriculum design

  • Behavioural management

  • Raising student aspirations

For more information on any of these, contact:

nathan.hunnisett@theglc.org.uk

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Eniola Olarinde

English and drama teacher – The Gateway Academy

Time at GLC

About Eniola

1 year

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Drama 

  • PGCE Drama

While completing my PGCE in Secondary Drama, I was offered a place at the The Gateway Academy to teach English and Drama and I knew it was an opportunity I could not pass up. I knew the GLC was the perfect place for me to develop my skills and nuture me to be the best teacher I can be. I haven't always known I wanted to be a teacher but since completing a series of voluntary work I knew this is was the career for me. Being a teacher allows me to turn the students into agents of change, inspiring, encouraging and empowering them to make a difference in our society. I want to ensure that the students are given every tool they need to have the most fulfilling life through the power of education.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Drama practitioner

  • Becoming a Head of Department

  • Behaviour management

For more information on any of these, contact:

eniola.olarinde@theglc.org.uk