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Introducing our Heads of Departments

31 Aug 2017

The passion and dedication our Heads of Departments and teachers have in helping students reach their academic goals is truly unique. At EIC we take great pride in creating bespoke learning programmes tailored for all of our students' learning needs. There are many great examples at the College of members of staff going the extra mile to support and guide students here, a great example being our Vice Principal (Pastoral), Dr Liz Chare, sitting the A Level exams with her students last year. 

As the Autumn Term is fast approaching, we are delighted to share the profiles of our team of highly experienced new and returning Heads of Departments at the College. 

Dr Elizabeth Chare 

Vice Principal (Pastoral)

Dr Elizabeth Chare has two main roles within the College, namely Vice Principal (Pastoral) and Head of Science. Her role as Vice Principal gives a focus in the pastoral care of our students and as Head of Science ensures a high standard of teaching and learning is maintained in the Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics departments. She gained her science degree at Oxford University. 

Elizabeth’s passion is to guide the academic and social development of all students ensuring that they achieve their potential at GCSE and A-Level and secure the best possible university place. To this end, Elizabeth has hugely enjoyed running UCAS Preparation Days at the College. This has involved an external careers advisor giving a lecture to students and parents regarding the application process as well as individual sessions with students to discuss their specific university choices. The UCAS days have also incorporated sessions where the students have started filling in their online UCAS form as well as assisting with the structure of their personal statements.

Allan Cairns

Director of Studies

Allan Cairns is Director of Studies at the College, as well as overseeing the Humanities faculty. He studied Modern History at the University of St Andrews, and then completed a PGCE in Secondary History at the University of Gloucestershire. Before coming to the College, Allan enjoyed ten years’ state school teaching experience, serving as both head of department and faculty. Allan has also enjoyed pastoral leadership, having been Head of GCSE at the College before his promotion to Director of Studies.

During his time in the profession he has organised international school partnerships in India, helped to lead a month-long excursion trekking through the jungles of Malaysia and Borneo, climbed a 5,200 metre high mountain whilst leading the first College overseas expedition to China and transformed a History corridor into a replica First World War Trench!

Allan teaches History and Geography at the College, and is dedicated to ensuring that academic quality across all subjects consistently meets the high standards which we set for ourselves. He also leads the College's extra-curricular activity programme, providing scope for students to thrive within and beyond their studies whilst coaching the football team, West London Independent College league winners for the last two years.

Sunny Bagga

Head of Chemistry

Sunny Bagga joins Ealing Independent College as Head of Chemistry in September 2017. He has a PhD in Chemistry from University of Warwick and a BSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from University of Coventry. Sunny has a long background in higher education, his most recent post being Head of Department (Chemistry) at University of Coventry. He has previously worked at the College, and we are delighted to welcome him back to head up the Chemistry department. 

Phil Brack

Head of Social Sciences

Phil Brack is Head of Social Sciences, and a member of the College's Board of Studies. He studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University, which was followed by an M.Phil in Political Theory at Oxford. He then completed a PGCE in 11-18 History at Sussex University. Before arriving at Ealing, Phil spent three years teaching A-Level Government and Politics, and leading social science courses for International Foundation Programmes at the University of Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon College.

As Head of Social Science, Phil has responsibility for the teaching of Government and Politics, Economics, and Business Studies at the college.

Philip Carr

Head of English

Philip Carr joins Ealing Independent College as Head of English from September 2017. After a degree in English Literature at Queens' College, Cambridge University, he taught in the inner ring of Birmingham, before taking an M.A. in Victorian history and literature. In recent years he has developed an interest in linguistics and has taught English Language A-Level as well as English Language and Literature. He has taught in a wide range of schools and colleges and was Head of English for two decades in a rural comprehensive in North Powys. In Birmingham he was Head of an Adult Education Centre and also spent two years in the Middle East, where he was Head of English at a private school on the Persian Gulf. Philip has taken part in a number of secondary school drama productions, coached a junior cricket club and has for many years run a debating society. He is also involved in community affairs in the area where he lives.

Sophie Hatfield

Head of Sociology and Psychology

Sophie Hatfield joined the College as Head of Psychology and Sociology in September 2016 from Wycombe High School, a girls Grammar School in Buckinghamshire. She has over seven years' experience of teaching at Wycombe High School, where she actually also attended as a pupil herself. Having taught A-Level and GCSE and trained to teach Design and Technology as well as Psychology and Sociology, Sophie is just as comfortable with a band-saw as a text book. She has sat on a number of advisory boards for Thames Valley Police and undertaken research on their behalf, as part of her undergraduate degree. Sophie has also been an examiner for OCR for four years and has been a senior examiner for AS Level for the past two years.

Vera Messarius

Head of English as a Foreign Language & Modern Foreign Languages

Vera Messarius joined EIC in September 2013 and is the Head of English as a Foreign Language & Modern Foreign Languages. She is a German native teacher with a long and profound foreign language teaching career in several countries. Vera speaks six languages and currently teaches German, Spanish and French for GCSE, as well as German and Spanish for A levels. She also teaches English as a Foreign Language at the College and is the International Students Officer. 

Vera studied Applied Linguistics (English, French and Spanish) at prestigious universities in Germany, France and Spain and holds a Celta Certificate (Cambridge University/ ESOL). In the last 24 years she has been working for a wide range of Secondary Schools, 6th Form Colleges, Grammar Schools in different countries, teaching GCSE and A-level classes, both in state and private sectors. She is a trained Suggestopedian and uses parts of this innovative teaching method  to deliver effective, diversified and interesting language lessons. 

Languages are Vera's passion and dedication and she is very fortunate and grateful that she can combine hobby and job in a most engaging, enthusiastic and effective way.

Adrian Winiecki

Head of Engineering (Physics and Mathematics)

Adrian Winiecki joins Ealing Independent College as Head of Engineering (Physics and Mathematics) in September 2017. He holds degrees from University of Coventry and St Mary's University London in Mathematics and Automotive Engineering, and has been teaching Mathematics and Physics for the last nine years. His most recent post being Head of Mathematics at Hendon School, where he has been for the last four years. Adrian also has a former career as a professional rugby player, and is keen to get the entire college interested in this sport. 

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