Name: Darren Pearson 

My job at the Archer Academy: Head of art, design & technology department 

The area of my subject I most enjoy teaching: I love practical lessons and making. I enjoy helping students turn their ideas into reality and being able to help them through the rewarding process of designing and making your own products. I am also a big fan of CAD/CAM and use of laser cutter and 3d printers. 

The enrichment activity I hope to run after school: I currently run 3 printing and a formula 1 in schools enrichment. Both of these are very popular so I hope to run these next year. 

Two top facts about me: 

  1. I am a big Manchester united fan.
  2. I have lived in many places in my life including Manchester, Ireland and Australia!

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be: A footballer…..I still haven’t given up on the dream! 

What I am most looking forward to this year at the Archer Academy: I am excited about meeting all our new Archer students and seeing our pioneer year group get their GCSE results and go on to 6th form. 

My message to our new Year 7s: I am very much looking forward to welcoming you to the Archer and helping you become excellent artists and designers while having fun working through our projects.


Name: Nimra Ashraf       

My job at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Art and Design 

The area of my subject I most enjoy teaching: You get to learn a new skill or technique using different materials every lesson which is amazing. However, totem poles is my favourite topic to teach. You get to research and design your own totem poles and make them out of Modroc and paint.  How cool! 

Two top facts about me: 

  1. I was born in Belgium.
  2. I hate pineapple.

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be: An interior designer. 

What I am most looking forward to this year at the Archer Academy: Big Draw Week – the range of exciting and innovative sessions run by artists throughout the whole week. 

My message to our new Year 7s: I am very much looking forward to welcoming you to the Archer Academy and ensuring we have a lot of fun every lesson, whilst teaching you the important skills an artist requires.


Name: Ms Au

My job at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Design & Technology and Food & Nutrition

The area of my subject I most enjoy teaching is: Nothing is more rewarding than creating something your own! That’s why I enjoy helping students to design and make quality products.

What I am most looking forward to this year at the Archer Academy: I am excited about teaching Food & Nutrition in our Upper school campus and working with our students through GCSEs. I am hoping to promote the importance of healthy eating through the practical lessons.

Two top facts about me: 

  1. I love Origami and currently run Origami club in enrichment
  2. I am very good at cooking.

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be: Open my own restaurant or carry on working as a children’s book illustrator 

My message to our new Year 7s: I am looking forward to meeting all of you and I can’t wait to show you our facilities in Archer Academy.


Name: Ms. Clarke        

My job at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Art and Design 

The area of my subject I most enjoy teaching: I am a portrait painter and I hope that we will be able to try out a wide range of different materials and techniques. However, my favourite part of the job is to share the stories that drive resilient artists to produce fascinating, original work.

Two top facts about me: 

  1. I used to paint the wax figures at Madame Tussauds.
  2. When I was a teenager, I went to school in America.

If I wasn’t a teacher, I would be: An author of children’s books (although nothing could be as enjoyable as teaching). 

What I am most looking forward to this year at the Archer Academy: Everything. I have only been with the Archer for a year so I know how you must be feeling! It’s been a new start for me, and an exciting one. I hope to arrange some eye opening gallery trips. 

My message to our new Year 7s: We have a great many different types of art to enjoy with you. Come to Art with an open mind…..


Name:  Tanuja Patel 

My job at the Archer Academy: Teacher of Design & Technology 

The subject I will teach: Design Technology

The area of my subject I most enjoy teaching: The table tennis bat project (and the end-of-project tournament to show off our creations!)

Two top facts about me:

  1. I love badminton!
  2. I have lived in Japan, Spain and India

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be: A stage designer in the theatre 

What I am most looking forward to this year at the Archer Academy: Seeing the students I worked with this year increase in confidence as they progress with their design and making skills, and being proud of their achievements.

My message to our new Year 7s:

Be open minded about the future – the world has changed so much since I was at school that many careers are possible today, such as web designers and App developers, that would be unimaginable back then. So do not worry too much if you have a bad day, or struggle with one aspect of learning, because your future is still full of opportunities!

Just try your best to gain a broad set of skills at the Archer Academy, and you will be well equipped to embrace, and enjoy, the future that today’s innovation will bring us. I love Design & Technology because it teaches you to be creative, problem solve and adapt to a challenge – a perfect combination, I think, for our changing world!

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