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Talented and Dedicated Teachers: Introducing New Team Members

10 Jul 2018

Ealing Independent College would not be what it is without our team of truly passionate and dedicated teachers. Teachers at the College genuinely want their students to do well and go above and beyond to support students’ learning journeys. The College has little difficulty in recruiting the highest calibre of teachers, as we provide the perfect environment of small classes, strong student teacher relationships and a purposeful, academic ethos. Contrary to many other colleges, we boast a large number of full time permanent staff members, with a smaller ratio of part time teaching support. Whilst we have now waved goodbye to some staff at the end of this academic year as they embark on new challenges, we are delighted to welcome some new members to our team for September 2018.

James Garside

Head of GCSE and Teacher of Geography and Psychology

Mr Garside brings 20 years of experience acquired from independent and state schools in South Africa and England. Most recently, he has been working in a London inner city school (Hackney New School) as Head of Geography where his remit was to help set up new A-Level departments and syllabuses for Geography and Psychology. Prior to this he was Head of Geography and Head of House at an international independent school in Surrey. It was here that Mr Garside developed many online learning opportunities for the students where the focus was - ‘learn anywhere anytime’. Due to much of the work he did here Mr Garside became a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (FRGS).

Prior to working in the UK he taught in various schools in South Africa. Mr Garside worked at Camps Bay High School (Cape Town) as Head of Guidance & Counselling and Geography and at St Andrew’s College (Grahamstown) as a Geography teacher. He is a Geography and Psychology graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS, Johannesburg), has a Bachelor in Education (Bed) from the University of South Africa and holds a Masters in Environmental and Developmental Studies from London, South Bank.

“I am delighted to be joining Ealing Independent College as Head of GCSE and teacher of Geography and Psychology”, Mr Garside commented. “I look forward to working with the Principal and colleagues in ensuring the GCSE students’ time at Ealing Independent College is a positive and rewarding part of their learning experience”.

Along with his teaching and managerial roles Mr Garside has been passionately involved in extra-curricular programmes. He has coached various sports including Cricket, Rugby and Football (boys and girls) and organised many excursions ranging from geographic trips to hiking and camping expeditions (Duke of Edinburgh Award).

Naushad Sheikh

Head of Physics

As the new Head of Physics at Ealing Independent College, Mr Sheikh brings 18 years’ experience of teaching A Level and GCSE Physics. In that time he has been Head of Physics in secondary schools and Sixth Form colleges. He has worked in North London at two major secondary schools, Kingsbury High and Christ’s College Finchley, each with successful Physics Departments. After all this time, he still gets the same sense of excitement at the start of each new academic year.

Mr Sheikh commented: “I very much look forward to joining Ealing Independent College as the new Head of Physics. I always enjoyed Physics more than Mathematics, as I could see how it related to the physical world around us. Ultimately the same laws of Physics govern how the universe works. As the Head of Physics, I want to make sure every student at the College studying Physics fulfils her or his academic potential. Studying Physics is rewarding and opens career choices in many fields.”

Jaspreet Sangha Hothi

Teacher of History and Sociology

Ms Hothi is an experienced and passionate practitioner in both History and Sociology, teaching across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, seeking to inspire young people to meet their potential and to create a lasting appreciation for history. Ms Hothi has a proven record of helping children progress, providing positive learning experiences as well as building and maintaining effective behaviour management systems. She is passionate about developing each individual student within a culture of high expectations and respect.

Ms Hothi is a History graduate from Queen Mary University, and holds a Masters degree in Gender, Society and Representation from University College London. She completed her teaching qualification from the National College for Teaching and Leadership in 2015 and has since excelled in each and every role she has endeavoured. During her previous teaching role at St Marylebone School, Ms Hothi was Head of Key Stage 5 EAL and Linguistic and Cultural Inclusion across the school, and her responsibilities have included ensuring that students are given the support and access to English that they need at all levels, training new staff and organising cultural events to promote diversity and inclusiveness across the school. This soon led Ms Hothi to her roles as an Interfaith Advisor for Westminster Schools, working alongside Westminster University in supporting SMSC in schools across London. Ms Hothi previously had the pleasure of being a Year 12/13 form tutor, providing UCAS application and future pathways support, including, personal statement review and interview preparation, with a high success rate of Oxbridge specific applications, including a number of EAL/ IELTS students. During her second year of teaching, she was also promoted to Head of Sixth Form Committee and Student Voice. This additional role allowed her to support the Sixth Form Committee in organising charity events, whole-school initiatives, open evenings and fresher’s fairs.

Her implementations of extracurricular activities, such as Feminist Societies and Debating Clubs, have been a credit to her role as a teacher outside the classroom. She has organised weekly sessions, such as talks, guest speakers, presentations and debates, on a number of topics. This has led to exciting opportunities such as taking part in interviews with ITV News and working with the United Nations on the HeForShe campaign. The concept of empowerment is something Ms Hothi is passionate about within school and through her personal endeavours as a TED speaker and an award-winning poetry performer.

“I am delighted to be joining the College in September”, Ms Hothi commented. “From the outset, I knew that Ealing Independent College is a school I could truly envision myself working at as it upholds the key values I encourage as a teacher. By teaching top quality, exciting and challenging lessons of History and Sociology, I feel I will be able to promote and increase the high levels of academic achievement that the school already attains.”

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