Please click on the staff photographs below to learn more about our team.
Rob ThomasInterim Principal
I'd like to wish you a very warm welcome to Haberdashers' Hatcham College.
I've been in teaching for over 40 years and had retired but jumped at the chance of working at the College. Having worked in neighbouring Greenwich for 29 years including 9 as the Head of Thomas Tallis School I am very familiar with the Haberdashers' family of schools and the standing the college has within its local community. I have been a Headteacher for over 20 years so do bring some experience to the table but also know that each school is unique and the best way to work out how to build on the success achieved to date is by talking to the students and staff.
James HeafieldVice Principal (Achievement & Standards)
BA(Hons) in Philosophy & Politics - The University of Manchester
MA in Philosophy - King's College London
PGCE in Religious Education - Roehampton University
NPQH - Harris Federation Trust (In Progress)
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy & Politics before undertaking a Masters' degree in Philosophy at King's College London. I started my teaching career as a Newly Qualified Teacher within the Harris Federation, where I was promoted to Head of Religious Studies & Philosophy and later Coordinator of Humanities & Social Sciences.
I joined Haberdashers' Academies Trust South at Crayford Academy in 2015, where I successfully set up the Sixth Form which now recruits over 100 young adults into Year 12 every year. In June 2020, I joined Haberdashers' Hatcham College as Vice Principal and I am responsible for ensuring that students are provided with an education that enables them to achieve the highest standards.
Outside of school, I am a keen hockey player and captain of the South London Hockey team.
Mark KempVice Principal (Learning & Progress)
BSc(Hons) in Geography with Developmental Studies -
The University of Central Lancashire
MA in Geography Education - University College London
PGCE in Geography - St Martin's College, Lancaster
I joined Haberdashers' Hatcham College in 2017 as Head of Geography. I brought 16 years teaching experience, previously working in schools around Surrey and in London. As Vice Principal for Learning and Progress, I take the lead in the pastoral, inclusion and welfare teams to ensure our students' personal development and behaviour and attitudes are met.
I am a passionate Geographer and believe that all students should engage with the world around them, both locally and globally.
Outside of school, I enjoy reading the latest ideas in Teaching and Learning and geographical updates to help support the curriculum. I also enjoy cycling, running and spending time with my family.
Theo ShenbanjoBusiness Manager
BA(Hons) in Environmental Health - Middlesex University
PGCert in Careers Education & Management -
London Southbank University
PGDIP for School Business Managers - National Schools Training
I started working in education following a successful time in finance and local government. I have received multiple awards for my work as a Career Guidance Practitioner, and have been recognised nationally by the Career and Enterprise Company, Ofsted, Challenge Partners, and internationally as both outstanding and as an example of leading best practice within the Careers and Student Support Sector.
As Business Manager, I am responsible for ensuring all non-teaching aspects of the school which includes the efficient running of Facilities Management, Health & Safety, Project Management and Finance and Admissions.
Emma FearnleyAssistant Principal (Quality of Teaching)
BA(Hons) in Environmental Studies & the Media -
The University of Brighton
PGCE in Geography - Goldsmiths University
I joined Haberdashers' Hatcham College in 2014. I have a wide range of experience working in schools in South and North London in roles ranging from working with students with additional education needs to leading a successful geography department. At Haberdashers' Hatcham College, I am responsible for Monitoring the Quality of Education which means I work closely with all teaching staff and students to monitor and maintain the highest quality of teaching for our students.
I am passionate about geography and have a keen interest in current affairs. I like to keep up to date by regularly reading newspapers, geographic journals and listening to podcasts. I follow many geography blogs to find new ideas for the curriculum. Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, running and painting.
John DeaneAssistant Principal (Key Stage 4 Raising Standards)
BSc(Hons) in Mathematics - The University of Exeter
PGCE in Mathematics - The University of Gloucestershire
NPQSL - UCL Institute of Education
I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science (BSc) in Mathematics before beginning a career in teaching. Prior to joining Haberdashers' Hatcham College in January 2019, I had eight years' experience teaching within inner city London schools. During this time, my responsibilities have included raising the quality of outcomes and progress for students through effective use of data and successfully leading mathematics departments within two separate schools.
As a teacher of mathematics, I enjoy working with young people and sharing with my love for the subject. I believe that mathematics is a subject which is often misunderstood. For me, it is not fundamentally about learning sets of rules; it is about developing a way of thinking which can help to more deeply understand all kinds of situations and problems in the world around you. I love trying to develop an appreciation of the subject in pupils and I also love the fact that I use my subject knowledge, practically, within my leadership role in order to support the school's work to help all our pupils reach their full potential.
Outside of school, I enjoy running, playing football and golf and watching almost any form of sport. During school holidays, I often attempt to explore new places and countries.
Dan CrowleySenior Teacher (Head of Sixth Form)
BA(Hons) in Cultural Studies - University of East London
PGCE in Social Sciences - UCL Institute of Education
MA in Sociology of Education - UCL Institute of Education
NPQSL - UCL Institute of Education
I joined Hatcham as a Newly Qualified Teacher when I was 29 and have worked here ever since. I love the strong sense of community at Haberdashers' Hatcham College and believe that we are a school that is strongly rooted in the local identity. The Haberdashers' Hatcham College name is well-known for prestige and status as well as for inclusion and high standards.
I have worked closely with the Sixth Form team at Haberdashers' Hatcham College in a number of roles including Form Tutor, EPQ Coordinator, Oxbridge Coordinator and Head of Year. I am now the Head of Sixth Form. My vision is for young people to access all the amazing opportunities available to them at Haberdashers' Hatcham College and use them to carve out a varied and interesting future for themselves.
Hattie NevinsSenior Teacher (Conduct & Pastoral)
BA(Hons) in Social Policy - The University of Bristol
PGCE in Religious Education - UCL The Institute of Education
I am the Senior Teacher who is responsible for the Pastoral Support and Behaviour at Haberdasher's Hatcham College. After completing a Bachelors in Science (BSc) in Social Policy at the University of Bristol, I went on to train to be a teacher, completing my teacher training at the Institute of Education.
Prior to joining Haberdasher's Hatcham College, I worked at Kingsdale Foundation School as Head of Learning for Year 11 and teacher of humanities.
Radhika VilasCurriculum Director of Science
BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Engineering -
The University of Westminster
PGCE in Science - Goldsmiths, University of London
MA in Education - Goldsmiths, University of London
Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) -
National College for Teaching and Leadership
NPQSL (in progress) - UCL Institute of Education
I studied at Hatcham College as a student from Year 7 through to the Sixth Form. After successfully completing my GCSEs and A Levels at the College, I went on to read Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Engineering at university.
I continued to pursue my passions for the Sciences and embarked on my teaching career, becoming a Science teacher, having completed my PGCE at Goldsmiths, University of London. I found myself back at Hatcham College in 2008.
I grew up in New Cross and strongly believe that all pupils at Hatcham College should make the progress that they are capable of. Since returning to Hatcham College, post-student life, I have worked as an Assistant Head of Year, Head of Year, Head of Science and I am currently the Curriculum Director of Science with the responsibility of Science provision from Year 7 through to Year 13.
All my experiences and skills have allowed me to achieve the Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) status which I gained in 2015. I have worked in schools across Lewisham as well as within the Trust to evaluate and improve at the provision of Science teaching and learning. I have a strong passion for education, completing a Master's in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London and have been an elected governor in a local primary school.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, reading crime novels and watching true crime documentaries.
Robert StottCurriculum Director of English
MA(Hons) in English Literature - The University of Edinburgh
PGCE in English Teaching - UCL Institute of Education
I recently joined Hatcham College in 2020 as Curriculum Director of English. I have taught English and Drama in several schools around London. Most recently, I was regularly observed as an outstanding teacher in St Thomas the Apostle College in Southwark, where I created the school's A Level English Literature programme, which specialised in expanding the study of English Literature to include lesser-known voices within the British Commonwealth and American history. The course started with five students, but in four years had grown to 50.
When not in the classroom, I regularly work with the Curriculum Directors of English across the Trust in sharing best practice and to coordinate all aspects of the English curriculum.
I have a strong interest in poetry, and walking past the Robert Browning plaque at the front of the Jerningham Road site lifts my heart every day. By encouraging all students to explore their creativity and love of reading, I hope to continue and strengthen this unique link to our nation's literary heritage.
Tamara ShererCo-Head of Mathematics
BSc in Sociology and Social Research with Statistics - London School of Economics
MSc in Comparative Politics - London School of Economics
PGCE in Mathematics - Institute of Education
Secondary Mastery Specialist - National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics
Accredited Professional Development Lead - National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics
I joined Haberdashers' Hatcham College in 2014, and have always enjoyed Hatcham's strong sense of community, shared values, and mutual respect between staff and students. I have had the privilege of seeing students all the way through their secondary school journey and beyond, having taught a fair few all the way from Year 7 to Year 13!
During my time at Haberdashers' Hatcham College, I have worked as a Key stage Coordinator, Deputy Curriculum Director, Teacher of Mastery Mathematics and I am currently the Co-Head of Mathematics. My professional life has always been led by the firm belief that every child can succeed in Mathematics, and all of us are mathematicians.
Outside of school, I enjoy reading, going for long walks with my beagle, and baking. I'll usually (attempt to) make most of the Great British Bake Off recipes myself!
Busola GbadamosiCo-Head of Mathematics
Alex DottridgeDirector of Music
BA(Hons) in Music Technology - York University
PGCE Secondary - UCL Institute of Education
I am a highly experienced leader of music and have been a Head of Department across different schools in Lewisham for the past fifteen years. Within these roles I have worked with a large number of young people in helping to achieve their musical potential and ambitions, as well as having responsibility for curriculum development, academic outcomes and diverse extra-curricular programmes. I have worked for Lewisham Music as a Project Manager as part of the Lewisham Live festivals in 2018 and 2019, liaising with composers, conductors, performance venues and a range of schools across different ages.
I joined Hatcham College in September 2020 and I am proud of our music specialism and the support and focus for music across the whole school. I have always been a keen musician, regularly performing in orchestras and bands. I also enjoy reading a wide range of literature and the cultural opportunities that living in Lewisham and London has given me and my family.
Aruma NaeemDirector of Vocational Pathways
BA(Hons) in International Business -
The University of Central Lancashire
PGCE in Business Education -The University of Leeds
I began my teaching profession in 2009 and joined an inner city boys school in the heart of London where I worked for ten years as Head of Department for Business & Economics Quality Nominee and Enterprise Coordinator.
During this time, I also worked for Pearson as a Centre Quality Reviewer and supported the delivery of vocational curriculums across a number of schools.
In January 2020, I joined Hatcham College as the Director of Vocational Pathways and continue to support my colleagues with the delivery of vocational subjects and teaching Business & Economics at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. My work in different roles and schools has provided me with the experience and skills to help our young people prepare for life after their school career.
Emily BrickellDirector of SEND and Inclusion
MSc(Distinction) Conservation Biology -
The Manchester Metropolitan University
BSc(Hons) in Biological Sciences - The University of Sheffield
PGCE in Secondary Education - UCL The Institute of Education
Bryony WarrenHead of Modern Foreign Languages and member of the T&L Team
BA Hons (Cantab.) French and Italian - University of Cambridge, Pembroke College
PGCE in French and Italian - UCL The Institute of Education
I am the Head of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at Hatcham College. MFL is a hardworking and dynamic department, which offers French, Spanish and German. This is my third year at Hatcham College, during which time my colleagues and I have revitalised enthusiasm for our subject. We have seen a significant increase in the number of students choosing to study a language both at GCSE and A Level.
After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 2013, I spent two years working in advertising. I then completed my PGCE at UCL, the Institute of Education. I started my teaching career at an academy in West London, where I remained for three years.
Languages provide a deeper understanding of the world. Children develop enhanced communication and adaptability skills thorough our subject, whilst gaining greater cultural and global awareness. I have a particular interest in raising the profile of languages throughout the College and the wider community, as I know first-hand the benefits of studying them to a high level.
Rumi KhatunTeaching & Learning Consultant STEM
BSc(Hons) in Ecology & Conservation - Queen Mary, University of London
PGCE in Science - Goldsmiths University
MA Education - Middlesex University
I have 16 years of teaching experience in and around London, with a significant number of these in senior leadership roles. I enjoy working in leadership to develop teaching and learning as well as school improvement. I joined Haberdashers Hatcham College in November 2020 with a focus on the teaching and learning within Science. I am a science teacher by trade and this is the joy that keeps me in teaching. It is wonderful to see the advances in this field today especially when young people explore and develop their own understanding and fascination of science. I have a strong belief that every child deserves a great education and opportunities to shine and thoroughly enjoy teaching students and developing staff.
Outside of school my priority and time is to my little boy and adventures exploring the UK and beyond, with a sprinkle of baking and volumes of reading.
Ben WoodheadHead of Year 7 Transition, Achievement & Behaviour
BSc in Environmental Services - University of Leeds
I am responsible for Transition, Achievement and Behaviour across Year 7. After completing a Bachelors in Science (BSc) in Environmental Science at the University of Leeds, I began working in the salvage and oil and gas industry, performing environmental inspection works. I had a strong desire to move into a more socially driven sector, and made a career change into teaching.
I am a passionate Geography teacher, as well as being incredibly motivated to provide effective pastoral care for students, as I know this forms the foundations for their future successes. Prior to joining Hatcham College, I have been a Head of Year across Key Stages 3 and 4 in other schools across the UK.
Alex SampsonHead of Year 8
BSc(Hons) in Sport Science - Brunel University
PGCE in Physical Education - The University of Exeter
I am currently in my sixth year in teaching and my second at Haberdashers' Hatcham College. Before taking up a pastoral leadership role here at the College, I previously oversaw extra-curricular and BTEC qualifications at my previous school. I am a true believer of active and healthy lifestyles and my aim is to instil this in the pupils that we teach.
As Head of Year my goal is to make a real difference to pupils' academic, social and emotional development. I strive for pupils to grow in all aspects of their life which will enable them to become well-rounded, respectful young people who like to laugh and smile.
Outside of the classroom, I have a strong passion for sport and travelling.
Elle GeorgeHead of Year 9
BA(Hons) in History - University of York
PGCE in History - Manchester Metropolitan University
MA in Humanities Education - UCL Institution of Education
I have been teaching for nine years and this is my third year at Haberdashers' Hatcham College. I started my career as a teacher of history, progressing to second-in-charge of Citizenship and PSHCE before becoming a Head of Year five years ago.
My decision to become a teacher stemmed from my love of history: I wanted a job where I would be employing both the knowledge and the skills developed from my GCSE, A Level and degree in the subject.
During my early years of teaching, I found that I had a passion for supporting students pastorally, and it was this that led me to become a Head of Year. All students have the ability of achieve their potential, but some have more barriers in their path. My focus as a Head of Year is helping students to manage and surpass these barriers to become responsible and aspirational young people, engaged in their own learning and success. I believe that excellent pastoral care is the lynchpin of any successful school, and the day-to-day part of my role is to support this by having consistent and high expectations of both my year group and my classes.
Elia Johns-WhiddettHead of Year 10
BA in History - Bard College, Annandale- On- Hudson, NY USA
PGCE in History- UCL Institute of Education
I have been teaching for 11 years and am now in my sixth year at Haberdashers' Hatcham College. Before entering the teaching profession, I was employed as an 82nd Airborne paratrooper and a petroleum laboratory specialist in the United States Army. I also served 13 months in Iraq.
My passion to move into teaching stems for my love of history and desire to share my experiences and knowledge with others. I am a passionate believer that history is everybody's story.
As a successful Head of Year over the past four years, I believe it's vital to see each child as an individual and to build positive relationships with all of my students in my year group and tutors.
Outside of school, I enjoy travelling around the world to explore new cultures, reading historical magazines and non-fiction. I am also a keen sportswoman who loves running, tennis and gymnastics.
Jordan RowlingHead of Year 11
BA(Hons) in Physical Education & Sport - The University of Greenwich
PGCE in Physical Education - The University of Greenwich
I joined Haberdashers' Hatcham College in 2019 and have grown up in the South London area.
I achieved a First-Class Honours Degree in Physical Education and Sport at Greenwich University. I completed my PGCE at the same university.
I have competed in a variety of sports from a young age and becoming a Physical Education teacher is a career which I have always been passionate about pursuing.
Naomi SmithHead of Year 12
BSc(Hons) in Sport Science - Kingston University
PGCE in Physical Education - London Metropolitan University
I began teaching in 2006 in Croydon, where I was Head of Physical Education (PE) for five years. I joined Haberdashers' Hatcham College in September 2021 following a successful four years as Post-16 Safeguarding Lead and Teacher of PE in a Southwark School.
I have taught in Primary, SEN Schools and Pupil Referral Units and my heart lies in teaching in a large secondary context.
I am passionate about developing the whole child, inside and outside of the curriculum, supporting young people to be the best that they can be. As Head of Year 12, I hope to guide my students to have a successful academic career whilst developing life skills, to become a positive role-model to their peers and/or siblings and valuable citizens of their community.
Shafia ChoudhuryHead of Year 13
BA(Hons) in Literary & Cultural Studies
MA in Inclusive Education - University College London
PGCE Secondary English - UCL Institute of Education
I have been teaching for 15 years and love it more and more each year. I believe in access for all types of learning and learners, and understand that young people can be pushed to their best when they are looked after academically and pastorally.
Outside of work, I enjoy travelling, cooking and reading. I am currently fascinated with everything regarding the Ottoman Empire.