We are delighted to introduce the first teaching staff at GFS.
Head of Year Seven: Mr Ben Aston
Mr Aston is a graduate of Liverpool John Moores University in Physical Education, Sport and Dance. He began teaching at Newcastle-Under-Lyme School where he was in charge of Cricket, a Housemaster, and ran the school magazine. He was then appointed as a Head of PE at Stafford Grammar School, where he had responsibility for the core PE curriculum and all the boys' extra-curricular clubs. Mr Aston is an avid footballer and cricketer, and brings a huge passion for sport to GFS.
Head of Mathematics: Mr Danny Brown
Mr Brown studied Maths at Birkbeck College, University of London, and worked in London as a mathematician before becoming a teacher. In collaboration with the Further Maths Support Programme, Mr Brown has created a network across Greenwich for improving the teaching of Maths at Key Stage 5. He has his own Maths education website, has delivered sessions at the Maths Association annual conference, and is now writing a series of articles for Mathematics in School magazine.
Modern Foreign Languages: Mme Laura Le Claire
Mme Le Claire was born in Surrey and has dual nationality (French and English). She studied French and History at Warwick, including a year studying in France, and later undertook a Masters in Educational Leadership. Through Teach First, Mme Le Claire taught French for three years in Birmingham. Recently, she has taught a variety of different languages all over London. Mme Le Claire aims to instill her passion for the importance of languages in all her pupils.
Co-Head of English and Drama: Mr Jo Parkes
Originally from the Midlands, Mr Parkes studied English Language and Literature at the University of Liverpool, and taught English at Park View, a school in Birmingham. He has lived in Uganda, where he helped to set up a new school. Two years ago he joined Teach First, and in this time Mr Parkes was able to visit many of the KIPP charter schools in the US. He brings his knowledge of building school culture and ethos to GFS.
Co-Head of English and Drama: Miss Caroline Cullen
Miss Cullen was born in Kilkenny, in the south-east of Ireland, and moved to London after completing an undergraduate degree at Trinity College in Dublin and a Masters degree in Theology at the University of Oxford. She has taught children with special educational needs, taught English to adult asylum seekers and refugees and, most recently, taught at a primary school in Peckham, where she organised for her pupils to work with the Royal Court playwright.
Head of History: Mr Harry Fletcher-Wood
Mr Fletcher-Wood was born in London, grew up in Bristol and studied History at Durham University. He taught in Kenya, Japan and India before returning to London, qualifying to teach through the prestigious Teach First programme. Mr Fletcher-Wood recently received a Distinction in his Masters in Educational Leadership, and has been selected as an inaugural Teach for All School Leadership Fellow where he will work with educational leaders from several countries.
Science: Ms Corinne Flett
Ms Flett has moved to London from Nottingham where she taught Science at a large academy. Prior to this, she was engaged in designing and building satellites and spacecraft for the European Space Agency. She's excited to engage GFS pupils with science through her lessons, during which she will challenge pupils to find answers to important scientific questions, and will run a number of extra-curricular activities in support of those lessons.
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