Staff Profiles

Geography
Mr Mark Yearsley: BA (hons) Leeds; PGCE, PGCE (Consultancy), NPQH.
Mark taught in the state sector for many years and became a head teacher in 2002. He was responsible for leading schools out of special measures and has also led schools abroad. Mark is also a qualified consultant and has worked with many schools to improve performance. As well as being Assistant Principal he teaches A level geography and is a keen cyclist in his spare time often spending the summer cycling the Tour de France routes in the Alps.

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English
Mr John Corcut: BA Durham, MA London, PGCE.
John is an enthusiastic english teacher who uses a variety of styles and approaches to bring the subject to life. John has spent much of his working life in the independent sector and has brought this experience to his role as Director of Studies along with his knowledge of what makes a ‘good’ school. He is skilled at supporting students through the university application process and tutors students who wish to apply for Oxbridge.

John Corcut Bales Independent Sixth Form College

Physics
Mr Richard Tyler: BSc UEL, PGCE.
Richard began his career in Australia working for a software engineering company after travelling through India and Asia. He began his teacher career in South Wales before moving to London to teach physics and science in large state schools. He joined Bales College in 2009 and is a respected teacher who is able to inspire his students and give them the confidence to achieve high grades.

Biology
Mr Fahrudin Mujagic: BSc London.
Fahrudin moved to the UK from former Yugoslavia in 2005 to take a BSc in Biology at Birkbeck University and then a PGCE at London Met. He has been a teacher and Science lecturer before joining Bales College in 2014. Fahrudin is skilled in matching the demands of his subject to the needs of his students and works hard to ensure that they understand the practical nature of science.

Mr Mujagic Bales Independent Sixth Form London

Chemistry
Mr Nicholas Searle: BSc Aston, PGCE.
After graduating from Aston University Nick spent some time in research with the Faraday Institute before taking his PGCE with the University of London. He has spent his teaching career in tutorial colleges and the independent sector and is skilled at supporting students to achieve at ‘A’ level and GCSE. He is a keen sportsman and has a well-developed sense of humour.

Nick Searle Bales Independent Sixth Form College London

Maths
Mr Reza Marashi: BSc (hons) KCL, MSc Sheffield.
Reza joined Bales College in 2014 and has worked with colleagues to transform the maths teaching and inspires his students to achieve the very best. He is meticulous in his attention to detail and is adept at finding the key to unlocking a student’s understanding. Reza took his maths degree at Kings College and has worked in colleges and as a private tutor.

Maths
Mr Reza Shabani-Azad: BSc (hons) London.
Reza was born and grew up in Iran but moved to the UK to study for his BSc in London in the 1990s. Reza is a consummate maths teacher who also runs his own private tutoring business and is skilled at finding which activity or explanation a student will need to progress in their learning.

History
Dr Jennifer Watkins: BA, MA, PhD Cornell (USA).
Jennifer graduated from Cornell University in the USA where she also defended her PhD. She worked extensively across USA as a tutor and researcher before moving to the UK and joining Bales College in 2015. Jennifer is an expert in her field and continues a tradition of strong history teaching at Bales and is a hard working member of her church.

Dr Jennifer Watkins History A Level

French
Mrs Anne Archer-Urbain: BA, MA, PhD Sorbonne (Paris).
Anne attended the Sorbonne in Paris for her degrees and PhD and still takes time out to return to university in Paris to lecture. She is a dedicated teacher who believes that learning languages should be fun as well as hard work and has inspired her students with her knowledge and understanding. She has travelled extensively in the far east and has settled in London to raise her young family.

Law and Business
Mrs Sharon Teji: LLB PCL.
Sharon worked in the legal profession for many years both in the UK and in the UAE. After qualifying as a teacher she spent time working in schools and colleges before joining Bales. Sharon is a deeply empathetic teacher who works hard to support her students and to ensure they find success. It is a tribute to her skill that many of our students progress to join the legal profession of after leaving us.

Economics
Mr Stephen da Costa: BA (hons) Kent.
Stephen graduated from Kent University and has spent his career lecturing or teaching in the independent sector. Politics and business are fast moving subjects and Stephen is always pushing his students to be well read and analyse the latest political events. He is also an A level examiner for Edexcel.

Economics A Level Bales Sixth Form London

Psychology
Mr William Thorne: BA(hons) Warwick, MSc Brunel, PGCE.
Will graduated from Warwick with a BA in Sociology before taking an MSc in Psychology at Brunel. He is a strong believer in ensuring that students think for themselves and his lessons are an opportunity for students to become involved and to test out their own ideas. Will is a music lover and keen festival goer and will spend part of his summer travelling around the UK

Sociology and Philosophy
Mrs Maria Skoutaridou: BA(hons) Thessaloniki, MA London.
Maria originally trained as a nurse but then took her BA in Greece before moving to London to complete her MA. She has worked in a variety of schools and colleges in the state sector before joining Bales. Maria believes part of education is experiential and organises visits and external events for her students so they have a context to apply to their learning.

Art
Ms Lily Hawkes: BA (hons).
Lily graduated from UCL and has worked as a freelance artist completing a number of commissions for metal sculptures in public places. She has also worked on exhibitions in the UK as well as in Shanghai and Bali. Lily still worked in her own design studio when she is not working at Bales. Art is a deeply personal subject and Lily is highly skilled at helping students find the right medium to express themselves.

Art teacher Bales Private Sixth Form London

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