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Miss Marie comes from a financial background and has over 10 years experience in the field. She studied Accounting and Finance at University level and has AAT qualifications. Miss Marie joined Dukes Education in 2018 and previously worked in the finance department at Head Office before being promoted to the role of School Business Manager at The Lyceum School in September 2019.
Miss Lamond is the Assistant Head at The Lyceum. She is an excellent practitioner with nine years teaching experience, with a particular passion for the EYFS. Miss Lamond grew up and studied in Glasgow, gaining a BA (Hons) in Primary Education from the University of Strathclyde.
In 2018, Miss Lamond relocated to London. She began at The Lyceum as a Class Teacher and has since progressed to Head of Early Years and subsequently Assistant Head. She is a passionate teacher who loves her job, values her pupils and most importantly, creates a happy, engaging atmosphere for all in her care. Miss Lamond won “Staff Member of the Year” for the EYFS division in the Annual Dukes Awards in 2019. In her spare time, Miss Lamond enjoys running, cooking and attending live music gigs.
Mrs Taggart trained very close to The Lyceum at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, gaining a First-Class Honours Degree in Stage Management and Technical Theatre. It was during her time at Guildhall that she met Mr Taggart, who was training as a classical actor. Throughout her degree course, and for a few years after, she worked on various large West End shows including We Will Rock You, Joseph and Oliver.
After a number of years in the theatre world, working very late into the evenings, Mrs Taggart decided a career change was the path to follow. She took a job as an Assistant Teacher and, shortly after, was accepted onto a prestigious Graduate Teacher Programme, being thrown in the deep end with a Year 5/6 split class. During her training, she achieved outstanding in all areas and gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Mrs Taggart has taught in both state and independent schools in every year group within Key Stage 1 and 2. She particularly enjoys the challenge of working with older pupils and preparing them for the 11+ and secondary school transfer. Mrs Taggart is The Lyceum’s Safeguarding Lead and oversees the pastoral care of all the children at the school; ensuring children feel safe and happy is something she is deeply passionate about.
Outside of school, Mrs Taggart enjoys spending time with her family and pets, as well as travelling, cooking and gardening. She is currently working on a very exciting project – her first baby, and is very excited to become a mummy this spring!
Mrs Wyatt has been teaching for 30 years, 17 of which have been in senior leadership roles. During her teaching career, she has taught pupils from Nursery to A-level. She was Head of Pre-Prep at Durston House School for 8 years, before becoming Headmistress at Eaton Square, Kensington. After three exciting years at the school, she moved to head up The Lyceum in the City of London in November 2018.
Mrs Wyatt was born in Jamaica and had an unconventional childhood, travelling with her family in Africa and America and nearly getting trampled by an elephant when she was eight! She survived these adventures to become Head Girl at school and went to Sussex University to read English with African and Asian Studies. She has a Masters’ Degree in Education, an NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship), and is a compliance and Educational Quality Team Inspector for ISI. She has been inspecting schools in England since 2014 and has written about and delivered public talks on Emotional Contagion. Mrs Wyatt married her childhood sweetheart who is still her best friend and she has two beautiful daughters – Lilly who is a teacher, and Alice who works in the City. She also has a very naughty cat called Stella.
Mr Sayers has been teaching for 6 years and has consistently been graded as an ‘outstanding’ practitioner throughout this time. Prior to this, he spent 4 years as an 11+ specialist tutor for grammar schools in Greater London. Now KS2 Lead and Year 6 class teacher, Mr Sayers hopes to continue helping pupils to achieve their aspirations through collective positivity and diligence. In the future, he aspires to be a successful Headteacher and would like to set up charitable initiatives to help children who have been affected by mental health issues.
A keen sportsman with experience of playing high-level rugby, Mr Sayers used to work for a popular fitness magazine. He has always strived to propel sport at The Lyceum, focusing on inclusivity and, between 2019 and 2020 during his time as Sports Coordinator at the school, he took great pride knowing that every single pupil in KS2 was given the opportunity to play competitive sports fixtures against other schools.
After leaving sixth form, and undecided whether to enter the world of media or teaching, Mr Sayers studied Sociology, Communications and Media at Brunel University which allowed him to gain experience in both professions; he obtained a 1st Class BSc (Hons) and decided that teaching was his calling.
Miss Ismail, has been a Primary teacher for nine years, teaching the National Curriculum both in the UK and Internationally across Key Stage 1 and 2. Most recently, she spent four years in the United Arab Emirates teaching at a British School, where she excelled to the positions of Head of Year and Head of Department in English. Before teaching abroad, Miss Ismail graduated with a Psychology degree from Royal Holloway, University of London, and began her career in the Inclusion Department of a Secondary boys school. She then went on to complete the Graduate Teacher Programme in Primary Education and achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Whilst teaching, Miss Ismail has always enjoyed volunteering within the field of education. She has organised several residential summer camps where students experienced activities such as white-water rafting, kayaking, and abseiling. Miss Ismail has also maintained strong ties within her community and has regularly taught RE to primary aged children at Saturday school. Always looking to empower students, Miss Ismail is currently working on a project which is developing the Science Curriculum in schools in Tajikistan.
Miss Kaluzna has been a teacher and teaching assistant for seven years. She has experience working in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Poland and, during her time in these countries, has taught pupils from Nursery age to Year 5. She has worked with children from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds and, prior to joining The Lyceum, enjoyed teaching at Norwich School in Norfolk. She has a Masters Degree in Primary School Teaching with English and a Postgraduate Diploma in Early Music Education. In her spare time, Miss Kaluzna loves learning new languages as well as playing and listening to music. She is a keen trumpet player and plays at orchestral level.
Miss Hardman is the coordinator of Maths and Topic (History and Geography) at The Lyceum and currently teaches in Year 4 and leads assessment, Maths, Topic, and IT alongside supporting our NQTs. She joined the school in September 2020 and has enjoyed every minute since! Before venturing to London, Miss Hardman worked in Hexham at Hexham Middle School, teaching across Upper KS2 and Lower KS3.
Originally, Miss Hardman studied Nutrition, earning a 1st class BSc (Hons) degree from Newcastle University. After this she retrained, completing her PGCE with Maths specialism through Durham University and Shotton Hall SCITT. Hailing from the Lake District, Miss Hardman’s love of all things outdoors is unsurprising; if she isn’t out walking or climbing, Miss Hardman is most likely to be found in the kitchen, pursuing a love of cooking and baking.
Miss Cortez has been working in education for the past seven years. She graduated in English Language and Literature from the University of São Paulo and qualified as a primary school teacher at Nottingham University. During her undergraduate years, Miss Cortez worked across both Key Stage 1 and 2 at the Independent British school of São Paulo (St Paul’s School), a practice she has continued developing since moving to London in 2018 and joining The Lyceum.
An avid reader, Miss Cortez had learnt how to read before the age of 4 and has taught herself different languages – such as English and Spanish. Being born and bred in a multicultural environment has nurtured her curiosity, respect, and passion for learning.
Mrs Rawn gained her BA (Hons) in Primary Education, graduating with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Alongside her degree, she completed an ‘Initial Teacher Education’ course at The National Gallery, which gave her greater understanding of how to incorporate the arts into core subjects.
Mrs Rawn has previously taught in Key Stage 1 and 2 in state schools in North and East London. Prior to completing her degree in Education, she worked in a PRU (Pupil Referral Unit), focusing on art and poetry as a means of expression. Her teaching extended into her travels, teaching English to children in Hangzhou (a province of China), and Kerala in South India. Whilst studying for her degree, she worked as a private household tutor, providing tailored educational programmes, and developing her understanding of how to prepare children for the 11+ entrance exams; she has successfully helped children gain scholarships in the West London area.
Growing up, Mrs Rawn found it difficult to read and put her thoughts on paper; she was later diagnosed with dyslexia. As a result, she has strived to adapt her teaching style to ensure all pupils can reach their potential and overcome any hurdles.
Ms Moreno is from southern Spain, where she originally studied nursing. She has spent half of her life in the UK and is happily settled with her partner and 2 sons.
She has accumulated a wealth of experience in education, especially within Early Years. She began by volunteering in nurseries and schools, specifically interested in supporting children with SEN. She also volunteered for different charities within the local community, focusing on hard to reach families. Having worked in education for over 20 years, Miss Moreno has gained many qualifications, most recently obtaining a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in the Children and Young People’s Workforce.
Ms. Moreno enjoys spending time with family and friends and has a passion for cooking healthy Mediterranean food. She also enjoys developing new skills which allow her to channel her creativity, such as sewing, singing and painting.
Mrs Ufland is a Year 1 Teacher and the Art Coordinator at The Lyceum. She gained her Primary PGCE in 2017 and has since taught in the EYFS and KS1. Mrs Ufland has worked in both the state and private sector prior to joining The Lyceum in 2019.
She completed her BA (Hons) in Textile Design at the Manchester Metropolitan University, subsequently deciding to pursue a career in Education. She is a passionate teacher who is particularly fond of using creative and interactive methods to engage students. Mrs Ufland has always been a keen artist, spending many hours completing sketch books and paintings as a child. In her spare time, she enjoys painting abstract canvases, spending time with her family, and travelling.
Mrs Tomalin is a Year 1 Teacher, KS1 Phase Leader and Head of English. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology, in which she studied child development, child psychology and educational psychology. It was during this time that she became interested in a career in teaching. To pursue this interest further, Mrs Tomalin spent time in Laos and Costa Rica, volunteering to teach English to Buddhist monks and children living in serious deprivation. She then went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, gaining Qualified Teacher Status.
Mrs Tomalin has prior experience in key stage and subject leadership, as well as experience teaching in EYFS, KS1 and KS2. She has a lifelong love of learning – something she strives to instil in her students – and is currently completing an MA in Comparative Education at the UCL Institute of Education. Through this degree, Mrs Tomalin is learning about educational improvement through a national and global perspective. In her spare time, she enjoys walking the lovely Socks, reading and practising yoga.
Tanya Sultana has been teaching for almost 5 years, having completed her PGCE in Secondary English in July 2016. Her first post as a teacher was at Chingford Foundation School in East London, teaching students from Years 7 to 11, with particular focus on students undertaking their English GCSEs. Whilst there, Ms Sultana also worked closely with students with special educational needs, specifically children who were diagnosed within the autism spectrum. After three wonderful years at the school, Ms Sultana decided to challenge herself by moving her attention to Early Years. She began this journey by initially accepting a short-term contract at The Lyceum and, after a refreshing and delightful experience, she accepted a permanent post within the Early Years team.
Ms Sultana, a proud Londoner, has studied in the city throughout her life, having graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature at the University of Westminster, before embarking on her PGCE at the University of East London. Despite her fondness for the city she grew up in, Ms Sultana loves exploring different parts of the world, having been on a number of adventures around the globe.
Ms. Lowdermilk has been at The Lyceum since 2000, first as a parent of 3 children who attended the school and then as a Assistant Teacher. She has worked with children across all age groups on the academic curriculum as well as in art, music, drama and physical education. From January 2019 – July 2020, Ms. Lowdermilk worked on Learning Enrichment Activities for both gifted and SEND children.
Ms. Lowdermilk received an International Diploma in Montessori Theory and Methodology (Early Childhood Course) from the Montessori Centre International (London, 2009). She has an M.A. in Modern Art from The Courtauld Institute of Art (London, 1996), an M.A. and Ph.D. in the Economics of Developing Countries from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts, University (USA, 1991) and a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Brown University (USA, 1982).
Ms. Lowdermilk was born in Pakistan and grew up there as well as spending time with her family in India and Egypt. She returned to the United States to finish high school and to attend University. Prior to moving to the UK, Ms. Lowdermilk worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development as Food Security Adviser for Africa. She travelled and worked extensively in Africa advising governments on nutrition and food policy. Moving to the UK in 1993 was a life and career changing event. While living in London and raising a family, Ms. Lowdermilk’s interest in childhood development and the learning process prompted her to re-train as a Montessori teacher and to work in the field of education.
Ms Blosse has been teaching for 6 years. Starting as an Assistant Teacher 8 years ago, she found a great passion for teaching and trained and qualified with QTS within a year.
Ms Blosse grew up in Portsmouth where she found a love for performing. She decided to audition for a Performance School in London and, once she moved to the city, she never left. Ms Blosse attended Tech Music Schools in London and gained a BMus degree in Performance Music Practice as a vocalist. Her greatest achievement was singing and performing at the Shepherds Bush Empire. During her teaching career, she has taught in both KS1 and EYFS. With her love of performing, she enjoys leading a Performing Arts Club at The Lyceum and supporting school productions. Ms Blosse is trained in Singapore Maths and has taught Maths No Problem for 4 years.
Ms Knox has been working with young children since 1998. Originally from Lithuania, she moved to England in 1995 to join her new family. In her country, Ms Knox studied and gained a degree in Economics and Computer Programming at Vilnius University. After moving to London, Ms Knox embarked on a career change to work with children. Within 2 years, she completed Levels 2 and 3 in Childcare and Education. Since then, she has been working with children of all primary school ages.
Ms Knox has been part of Minerva/Dukes since 2002 and joined The Lyceum School in September 2019. Ms Knox is hoping to start a crocheting club soon for those with nimble fingers. Apart from her native language, Lithuanian, she speaks Russian and English and has been learning French over the last few years.
Mrs Farrell has been at The Lyceum since November 2019. Born in Hong Kong, Mrs Farrell grew up in an international learning environment, speaking three languages. Since leaving Hong Kong to pursue a BSc in Psychology at the University of Exeter, Mrs Farrell has been passionate about Early Years education and development. Upon graduating, Mrs Farrell undertook a PGCE at the Institute of Education at University College London (UCL) and has experience teaching in London and in Singapore at an international school.
Outside of education and teaching, Mrs Farrell has creative passions in the form of photography and boxing. Mrs Farrell is a weekly volunteer for the Happy Baby Community charity which provides support to young mums and their children who are refugees and asylum seekers.
Miss Leach has been at The Lyceum since September 2009. She grew up in London but has always been interested in the great outdoors. For many years, Miss Leach was a member of the Scouting movement, dedicating her spare time to volunteering. She ran her own Beaver and Cub groups, often taking the children on adventures to learn basic life skills and this is what encouraged her to pursue a career in childcare.
Before joining The Lyceum, she studied for three years at Bromley College in Kent, gaining both Level 2 and 3 in Childcare and Education. Miss Leach works in Early Years and is also our Head First Aider at The Lyceum. Each year, Miss Leach works with the Year 6 children in the Summer Term, running a course to complete their Young First Aider qualification.
David Goodhew is Head of Latymer Upper School and a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.
Born in West London, David studied Classics at the University of Oxford. During his teaching career, David taught Classics at Eton College and Bancroft’s School; he became Head of Classics at Bristol Grammar School in 2000. David gained significant experience in senior management as Director of Studies at Arnold School from 2005. In 2008, he became Senior Deputy Head at Durham School. David took up his current position as the Head of Latymer Upper School in 2012, where he works to ensure every child has an educational experience that will change their lives. In 2018 Latymer was named “Senior School of the Year” and “Independent School of the Year” by the Times Educational Supplement. David is a keen amateur violinist whose hobbies also include cycling and classical music.
Christine is an education specialist with over 30 years of experience in education. She spent 20 years working as the Headmistress at a number of co-educational, girls’, and boys’ schools. Her time at leading schools such as Godolphin Prep and Hawkesdown House enabled her to form a deep understanding of independent schools and what they are looking for in prospective students. Christine has spent 12 years as an ISI inspector, finishing as a trained Reporting Inspector (RI). She has represented children’s interests in legal cases, offering judgments in school investigations and participating in grievance panels, and has over 20 years of experience as a school governor, with four as Chairman of the Board for an overseas English international school. Alongside this, Christine has 12 years of state school experience, including overseas army schools.
Currently an independent adviser with The Child and Family Practice, she uses her wealth of experience to provide parents and their children with well-grounded education advice to help them make the right choices when considering independent education in the UK.
She supports Dukes in an advisory capacity, retaining her independence as a consultant for parents.
Aatif founded Dukes Education in 2015. He is also Chairman of Cavendish Education, a group of schools for pupils with dyslexia and autism; and a trustee of St James Independent Schools. Aatif is also on the board of CReSTeD.
Aatif has a first-class degree in Mathematics and Economics and also had a British Army commission. In 2020, he was awarded the Freedom of City of London for services to education.
Prof Mark Bailey was educated at Durham University, where he obtained a first-class degree in Economic History, and then went on to the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded a PhD in History. His academic career between 1986 and 1999 included Fellowships at two Cambridge colleges, lecturing in Medieval History, and spells as an Admissions Tutor and Domus Bursar. In 1999 he became Headmaster of Leeds Grammar School and in 2008 oversaw its merger with Leeds Girls’ High School. He has been a headteacher for 18 years.
Mark was the 2018-19 James Ford Lecturer in British History at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Fellow of All Souls, Oxford. He previously played rugby for Wasps and England and captained Suffolk at cricket. He was President of Cambridge University RUFC between 2010 and 2018.
Most recently, Mark Bailey was the High Master of St Paul’s School in London and is a Visiting Professor of Later Medieval History at the University of East Anglia.
Miss Chloe joined Dukes Education in June 2018 and became part of The Lyceum School team as the Marketing Manager in September 2019. Miss Chloe studied English Literature at the University of Westminster and then went on to study for a qualification in Marketing at the Chartered Institute of Marketing whilst working full time. Miss Chloe has previously worked in Communications and Marketing departments in companies including Care UK and Gett UK. She has a lifelong love of reading and is a member of a monthly book club. She also loves exploring the Art and Culture scene in London and plans to travel again as soon as it is safe to do so.
Miss Blessing had been an administrator for over 3 years, before joining The Lyceum in October 2020. This is the first administrative role she has had in a Primary School; before this, Miss Blessing had been an assistant teacher working with children from Reception to Year 11.
Outside of work, Miss Blessing can be found handcrafting unique, colourful and quirky clay and resin sculptures that focus on the five senses and their impact on our day-to-day lives.
Horacio was born in Portugal and was brought up in a small village in the countryside. At school, he was known for his football prowess where he played in midfield and defence. He was always first when competing in running races and was keen to trampoline until he overshot the crash mat! At 16, he followed in his father’s footsteps and worked in a brick making factory, helping out in a bicycle shop at the weekends. He was so skilled at mending things that he was soon offered a full-time job at the shop. He met his wife in Portugal and they came to England 34 years ago. He has worked at The Lyceum for over 22 years. He loves animals and has 2 Yorkshire terriers called Tiger and Lilly.
Miss Lauren has over 5 years’ experience in the education industry, her main roles being within admissions offices. Throughout her time in these roles, she has managed admissions of pupils from Nursery age to University level and has liaised with thousands of families. She prides herself on giving excellent customer service and making sure school transitions are an enjoyable experience for pupils and their families as they embark on a new schooling experience. Miss Lauren joined The Lyceum School in June 2019; this was a very exciting time in the school’s history as we had only recently moved to our new Worship Street site. Miss Lauren has been at the fore of the school’s expansion and has enjoyed the challenge of building pupil number, increasing year many year groups from one to two form entry. In her spare time, she is a food and drinks enthusiast and creates her own recipes, sharing them on her Instagram food account and inspiring her followers to cook along.
Mrs Kidd has enjoyed and created art most of her life. She has been teaching for 15 years, 6 of which have been as an arts specialist. Mrs Kidd is passionate about making her own art and sharing her skills, experience and love of the subject with the children she teaches.
She studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art. Achieving a BA (Hons) at University, she then went on to receive a Masters from Cambridge School of Art. Mrs Kidd is a practising artist, creating works in the form of installations and prints – a collaboration of art and music. These have been executed on Japanese paper using a wood block printing method. Having been awarded first prize in the Gainsborough House printing competition, Mrs Kidd has subsequently exhibited across the country extensively, London and the Royal Academy.
In addition to her art, Mrs Kidd offers complementary therapies to patients in her local Oncology department in Cambridge. She has also delivered talks and demonstrations on Story Massage and enjoys the balance that teaching brings to her life.
Miss Loh graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (AGSM) majoring in the piano, winning the Robert Wise Memorial Prize. She continued her postgraduate studies there, gaining the Advanced Solo Studies Certificate and her violin teaching diploma (LGSM). As a student and young professional, she won prizes in several national competitions, making her debut at the South Bank as part of the Maisie Lewis Young Artists series and stepped in at the eleventh hour performing in the Park Lane Group Young Artist series to critical acclaim. Miss Loh has since performed and broadcast as a soloist and chamber musician in many venues in Britain and abroad.
Miss Loh is passionate about music education and is especially interested in nurturing young learners. She has vast experience with Early Years starters, fostering in them a love of music and developing confidence through music making.
Ms Denton has been teaching for 20 years, 12 of which have been in Head of Department roles. During her teaching career, she has taught pupils from Nursery age all the way up to A-Level. Her first experience began in Cambridge as a flute tutor at The Leys Girls School before volunteering at Moshi International School in Tanzania. Returning to the UK, she undertook her PGCE and NQT years in Wales and began to teach class music as well as conduct choirs. The next 9 years were spent in inner city secondary schools, where she was responsible for GCSE and A-level music, before she took on the role of Head of Music at The Lyceum.
Ms Denton has an MA in Conducting from the University of Surrey and has conducted at prestigious venues including Christ Church Spitalfields, Llandaff Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and the Hackney Empire, as well as supporting a choir who sung with Andrea Bocelli in Leeds Arena. Ms Denton plays the flute, recorder, piano and violin to a high standard, as well as the guitar, bass guitar and the clarinet, albeit to a lesser degree! She enjoys nurturing the seed of music in all children and encouraging them to believe that they are all unique musicians through listening, singing, composing and performing. Recently Ms Denton was delighted to be asked to take on the role of Music Subject Champion for Dukes Education, a challenge she is looking forward to getting her teeth into!
Since graduating from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in 1999, with Teaching Qualifications in ISTD Tap, Modern and Ballet, Miss Haynes has worked in a variety of roles across the Entertainment Industry for the last 20 years. Her career began at a holiday park in Cornwall as a Dancer and Children’s Entertainer, before moving abroad to Greece and Cyprus. Eventually she found a small independent Entertainment Company and worked as their choreographer and Entertainment Director. This involved overseeing 4 and 5 star hotels with their entire Entertainment programme, ranging from sports activities and kids clubs to the evening Entertainment Shows. In 2019, she had the pleasure of working in a 5 star resort in Egypt, being responsible for 42 Entertainers and producing West End quality shows with professional singers and dancers.
Throughout all of this, Miss Haynes taught as a dance teacher in the UK when time would allow, teaching children aged 4 all the way up to adults. With a BA Hons in Mathematics and Statistics, and a career which has always involved children in some way, when it became time for Miss Haynes to hang up her professional dancing shoes, she naturally turned to teaching in a school setting.
Mr Lopez was born and raised in Jerez, Spain. From a young age, he loved sports including football, tennis and athletics. Mr Lopez became champion in the long jump in Andalusia (a southern region of Spain) in 2005 with 6.12 metres when he was 17 years old; he then went to compete at the National Competition in Madrid but unfortunately wasn’t so lucky this time.
Naturally, Mr Lopez chose to study sports at university and combine this with his other passion – teaching. He gained a BA in Education, specialising in PE. A few years later, wanting to improve his English, Mr Lopez decided to leave Spain and move to England. He has been teaching Spanish in the UK since 2014 and Sports since 2017.