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MEET SOME OF
THE TEAM

Queen Anne’s New Staff Members – June 2017

We always look forward to welcoming new teaching, pastoral and support staff to Queen Anne’s School.

Biographies of some of our new members of staff are available to view by accessing our New Staff At Queen Anne’s 2017 booklet below.

MR TAFIQ MCPHERSON – IT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN

Tell us about yourself

I’m an IT Support Technician here at Queen Anne’s. My role within the school is an Administrator. I’m the youngest of my team so there is still a lot for me to learn and, as a result of this, from time to time I will shadow my colleagues in order to gain more experience and knowledge about my responsibilities as an Administrator.

In my spare time, I like to play football, workout in the gym, play video games, go to the cinema, hang out with my friends and read newspapers to keep up to date with what’s going on around the world. I’m not particularly fond of pets, but if I was to have one, I’d have a goldfish!

What’s the best part of working at Queen Anne’s?

Even though I am working in a role which can be demanding, I do not feel under pressure to fix everything correctly the first time around. My colleagues provide me with plenty of opportunities to fix problems myself and use my initiative and if I am unfamiliar with what to do, my colleagues support me and demonstrate what should be done, so that I know what to do if the same problem occurs again.

What is your biggest personal achievement?

My biggest achievement to date is staying on at Queen Anne’s after originally starting here as an Apprentice IT Technician.

What tasks within school are you involved in?

The tasks that I undertake at school can range from small tasks such as replacing toners within printers in comparison to larger, more important tasks such as preparing laptops for girls taking examinations. Within the examination season, I have to ensure that all accounts are set up correctly and that they are working correctly so that no problems will occur on the day of an examination. I have also been involved in setting up Wi-Fi in several locations around the school. This was a fairly challenging task because in some areas, extra cabling was required and this involved cable splicing, which is a new skill I have learnt how to do in this job.

What makes your role special?

Within IT, faults are 100% guaranteed. This makes my role special because it is my job to help minimize the chance of faults happening or even get rid of them completely.  Some staff may not have enough experience or knowledge when working with IT in order to fix their own faults and this is where I come in to save the day.

DR DAWN BELLAMY – DIRECTOR OF SIXTH FORM

What is your teaching/pastoral experience to date?

I have been teaching English and working within education since 1994, enjoying a range of experiences from writing ‘fruit’ poetry with 11-year olds to running seminars for postgraduate students. I gained my PhD in English Literature from the University of Bristol in 2005, researching the work of Keith Douglas, a Second World War soldier-poet. I have a variety of interests beyond the classroom, including photography, playing the flute and supporting Tottenham Hotspur.

What are you most looking forward to in the coming academic year?

In my new role as Assistant Head (Senior School) I am looking forward to joining the school at an exciting time as the new Sixth Form Centre takes shape and offers fantastic opportunities for students at Queen Anne’s.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

While researching for my PhD, I visited an archive and uncovered (hidden behind something else in a picture frame) a work of art which they did not even know they owned. It’s a slightly geeky story but it really emphasised the value of research and discovery – never stop searching for those hidden treasures!

MS JENNY CLUBBE – HEAD OF MATHEMATICS

What is your teaching/pastoral experience to date?

Having achieved a 2:1 from Royal Holloway, University of London, I decided to go into teaching. I love my chosen profession and the many facets that working in a school can take. I have been lucky to see numerous areas of a school, from time-tabling and databases to sport and DofE. I have been privileged enough to live in two boarding houses during my career and I very much enjoy getting to know pupils to a greater extent than just what they can achieve in the Maths Classroom.

What are you most looking forward to in the coming academic year?

Having said the above, I look forward to the challenges of being a Head of Department, focusing on helping the girls at Queen Anne’s to achieve the best that they can in the Maths classroom. BrainCanDo is an exciting programme which I look forward to playing a part in and the ‘no limits’ approach and the view that ‘every girl has her own unique qualities that we need to help develop and encourage’ are certainly statements that concur with my view on what education should be. I look forward to learning about Lacrosse (a sport which I have had very little experience of), I am sure the girls will get me up to speed in no time!

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

There is so much to learn in life and I enjoy absorbing as much of it as possible. I like to see things first hand and therefore travel as often as I can. During my travels I have been fortunate enough to visit every continent (apart from Antarctica) and I have summited Cotopaxi in Equador (a peak higher than Mont Blanc and Mount Kilomanjaro). Music is my hobby and place of refuge after a busy day, one of the highlights of what I have achieved through music has to be when I was in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and sang Spem in Alium with ‘The Sixteen’.

MRS ELIZABETH BEER – HEAD OF BIOLOGY

What is your teaching/pastoral experience to date?

I have been a teacher of Biology for three years, teaching at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London and Badminton School in Bristol. I feel that I have really found my niche within girls’ education and am excited by the opportunity to experience life at Queen Anne’s. I have been a tutor to girls in both Year 9 and Year 11 and have enjoyed helping the girls in my forms through these important years.

What are you most looking forward to in the coming academic year?

I am really looking forward to meeting my new pupils and colleagues as well as working in such a modern science department! I am looking forward to contributing to the success of the school and its pupils in as many ways as I can.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

I owe a lot of my interest in Biology to growing up in Kenya.

MISS HANNAH SWINDELLS – DEPUTY HOUSEMISTRESS, MICHELL HOUSE

What is your teaching/pastoral experience to date?

Having spent a year teaching English in the south of France, I joined the Queen Anne’s community last September. Although I am a passionate historian, my love of Mathematics, French and the Arts is something I also bring to Queen Anne’s. I have taught all age ranges and a wide variety of subjects, in both academic and pastoral settings. As a recent graduate, I will be sharing insight into the UK university system, from freshers to finals, with the girls in Michell and may even let them in on my infamous chicken madras; a sure-fire way to impress future friends!

What are you most looking forward to in the coming academic year?

I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with the Michell girls at a very exciting time in their academic careers, as they plan for their next steps to university.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

In February 2013, I was appointed as a Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust. I have been humbled to hear the first hand testimonies of Holocaust survivors, and privileged to work alongside them to enable them to share their story with young people all over the U.K.