Ms Pendergast graduated from Brunel University with a degree in English. She has dedicated much of her time to the development of literacy skills in children and young people ranging from early years to secondary school level. Experienced in pastoral care, learning support and mentoring, she is making the move into an administrative role, allowing her to gain a deeper insight into the running of a school system. Ms Pendergast is passionate about educational equality and social mobility, believing that every child deserves a chance to succeed. With a creative streak and a flair for writing, she enjoys creating content for her blog and scrapbooking in her spare time.
Ms Squire graduated from Swansea University with a degree in German. She taught English to secondary school pupils in both Germany and Thailand before moving to London. Ms Squire worked as a Secretary and PA it an independent school for over 4 years before joining Michaela in December. She is experienced in pastoral care and many different school systems and has a keen interest in travel.
Ms Collins studied a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Queensland in Australia as well as completing a Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing at the Queensland University of Technology. After working for 4 years as a paediatric intensive care nurse in Brisbane, she has moved to London to experience more of the world’s people and cultures. Spending much of her time with children and their families, she is passionate about the safety and well-being of all children and believes that access to a quality education is every child’s right. Working in an administrative capacity within a school allows Ms Collins to continue working with children, albeit from a different perspective to her professional training.
Ms Anwar studied History at the University of Westminster, graduating with first class honours. Whilst at university, she focused on modern British and European History with a particular interest in the First and Second World War. Her dissertation on the involvement of Indian soldiers on the western front combined her interest of the First World War with her intrigue in her ancestral history. She believes in continued learning and demonstrates this through her self teaching of German. In her spare time, she enjoys sampling different cuisines, karaoke and visiting the theatre.
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Ms Murphy graduated from National University of Ireland Galway with a degree in Social Policy and Economics before moving to London. She has always been passionate about education and while at university volunteered to facilitate literacy programmes in disadvantaged schools. Ms Murphy believes that children’s lives can be transformed through quality education and that every child has the ability to succeed. Prior to joining Michaela Ms Murphy worked at an independent school in North London for 2 years, gaining experience in school systems and pastoral care.
Mr Davies graduated from Huddersfield University with a degree in politics and contemporary history, having a particular interest in the political history of Britain and the far east. A keen sportsman in his youth, Mr Davies played rugby to a high level and believes that self-motivation and discipline are key to team success. He has since worked in a number of administrative and service roles, where the skills he learned on the pitch have allowed him to flourish. He is active in the community, volunteering as chair of his local Patient Participation Group and maintaining an avid interest in local, national and international politics.
Mr Baines has worked in the construction and maintenance industry for over 30 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience in site management, health and safety and managing contractors. Outside of school, Tony enjoys fishing and spending quality time with his granddaughters. Mr Baines feels lucky to be working at a school with such disciplined, well-mannered children as he believes this is becoming increasingly rare.
Ms Vudathu completed her Bachelors in Science at Andhra University, India. Ms Vudathu’s love for children inspired her to do lot of voluntary work as a Parent Staff Association Chairperson and as a Parent Governor at two schools in London. Ms Vudathu believes in hard work and leading by inspiration. Her contribution to the schools where she worked as Chairperson and Parent Governor are widely acknowledged and her ideas were implemented successfully. Ms Vudathu loves travelling and has lived and experienced life in Australia, Singapore, the Middle East, France, USA and many other countries. Her international exposure coupled with her love for children allows her to support the kids in the best possible way.
Ms Stubbs qualified as a chef after studying catering at Kilburn College. Cooking has been a passion of hers for over 25 years. She has worked as a chef in staff restaurants and at a hotel but has spent the last eleven years in education catering. This experience has been the most rewarding for her. Ms Stubbs has been nominated for company awards and she has also achieved Gold standard in Food Safety. Outside school, Ms Stubbs continues to work with children by running a Girls’ Brigade Company.
“Family dining is a great way to ensure the students have a nutritious meal and I love preparing healthy, exciting food for the pupils at Michaela and ensuring they enjoy a balanced meal, even if it means disguising vegetables!” – Ms Stubbs
Ms Young has been working in education catering for the last four years and is an accomplished caterer of desserts and cakes. Outside of school Ms Young continues to work with children as a leader in the Girl’s Brigade.
“It’s such a lovely experience having family lunch here at Michaela. I really enjoy working with the children. It’s great to encourage them to try new dishes. The children love my homemade shortbread and chocolate crunch! I relish the challenge of making cakes for children with a variety of allergies such as gluten free, dairy free and egg free that are tasty and they enjoy!” – Ms Young
Ms Forrester gained her Higher National Diploma in Hotel and Catering Management from Middlesex University. She has previous experience in education catering before joining Michaela, where she prepares the desserts and cakes. She enjoys the challenge of bringing new recipes to life. Outside of school she creates her own birthday cakes and cupcakes which is her hobby.