Name: Ms Devi

My job at the Archer Academy: Head of History

The area of my subject I most enjoy teaching: I love teaching students about how the past is incredibly relevant in understanding and shaping the present. Year 7 History is incredibly exciting and I enjoy teaching students about the crazy, interesting and sometimes shocking aspects of medieval history.

Two top facts about me: 

  1. I love reading and once read three books in one day!
  2. I want to visit every continent in the world!

If I wasn’t a Humanities Teacher I would be: An international food journalist. I love to write, travel, and eat. Why not combine the three?

What I am most looking forward to this year at the Archer Academy: Teaching GCSE classes and getting to know the new Year 7 students of the Archer Academy.

My message to our new Year 7s: You are about to embark on an amazing journey of growth and development. I am excited that I will have the opportunity to support this progress and hope to play a positive role in your future.


Name: Miss Jouhal 

My job at the Archer Academy: Senior Teacher

The subject I will teach: Geography to years 8-11 and Humanities to years 7

The area of my subject I most enjoy teaching: I most enjoy teaching human geography, crossing over with many other Social Sciences such as Sociology and Citizenship. I enjoy learning and teaching about how we interact as people, communities, cultures and economies, in relation to our geographical landscapes and physical environments. I like making personal connections through Geography in order to understand how we interact together around the globe.

Two top facts about me: 

  1. My name is spelt with a silent ‘u’! (It’s pronounced Jo-hal)!
    2. Like many Geographers, I enjoy traveling. I have been lucky enough to travel for work and leisure to locations such as Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Iceland, and five states across the USA! Next on my list are China, South America and Australia!

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be: Still studying Geography! Before applying for my Teacher Training course I debated pursing a PHD in Geography. 

What I am most looking forward to this year at the Archer Academy: I am most looking forward to inspiring our next generation of students to love our planet and people as much as I do.

My message to our new Year 7s: Welcome to the Archer Academy! My only piece of advice is to enjoy your time at school. Learning takes place in many different ways, in and outside the classroom, and you should enjoy every minute of it. Get involved as much as you can and be sure to seek help from teachers or peers if you ever feel unsure.


Name: Judith Vandervelde 

My job at the Archer Academy: History Teacher and Co-ordinator of Thematic Learning and Whole School Literacy 

The area of my subject I most enjoy teaching: As I am an inquisitive person Thematic Learning most appeals to me as it is a chance to explore a range of topics. I enjoy learning alongside my students. Similarly, History is great for someone who is naturally curious – a chance to explore places and times so different from today. 

The enrichment activity I hope to run after school: As a bit of a boardgame fiend I have run a ‘Settlers of Catan’ enrichment – a strategic game which is incredibly addictive!

Two top facts about me: 

  1. My first paid job was singing on a film soundtrack. The film (The Mission) was set in South America and they needed ‘untrained voices’ so I fit the bill perfectly.
  1. I enjoy reading – in fact I have been in a book club for over 20 years. If you are good at maths you can work out how many books we have read with us covering roughly one book a month…….

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be: Working in a museum – luckily for me I have done that too having spent 9 years at the Jewish Museum. A longstanding dream is to write a novel…something I might attempt when I retire.

What I am most looking forward to this year at the Archer Academy: Spending more time with my form and seeing them grow into lovely year 9s! 

My message to our new Year 7s: There is so much on offer at The Archer – take your time to take it all in and seize the opportunities which most appeal to you.


Name: Mrs Gillham

My job at the Archer Academy: Assistant Head – Teaching and Learning

The subjects I teach: Geography

The areas of my subject I most enjoy teaching are: I love teaching Geography and enjoy investigating the wonders of the natural world. My favourite topics are volcanoes and super volcanoes! I find volcanoes truly fascinating, they are powerful, unpredictable and surrounded by stunning landscapes. Super volcanoes are huge volcanoes, hidden in caters with the power to destroy vast areas of land. There is still so much to learn about how and why they happen and in your Geography lessons at The Archer Academy, you will have the opportunity to investigate this further.

The enrichment activities I am hoping to run after school: Bright Ideas workshops which provide you with the chance to hear from experts in a range topics such as Law, Science, Medicine, TV and Film.

What I am most looking forward to this year at The Archer Academy: meeting an enthusiastic new year group and getting stuck into some fun lessons!

Two top facts about me:

  • I love musical theatre and enjoy going to see shows!
  • My hometown, Chesterfield, is in the heart of the Peak District and I love hiking in the countryside!

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be: A volcanologist. I would love to travel to Hawaii and study Mauna Loa, one of the largest volcanoes on earth!

My message to our new Year 7 pupils: I am really looking forward to meeting you all in September.  I hope you are keen, full of energy and ready to learn. I hope you enjoy being at this fantastic school as much as I do. See you all soon!!


Name: Mr Barrow

My job at the Archer Academy: Head of KS3 Geography and Thematic Learning Co-Ordinator

The subject I teach: Humanities, Thematic Learning and Citizenship

The area of my subject I most enjoy teaching: Human geography! I find the relationship between our planet and humans fascinating. In particular, I enjoy teaching the topic of urbanisation. Urbanisation means an increase in the proportion of people living in urban areas in comparison to rural areas. This process of urbanisation is happening all across our planet and is resulting in a number of both positive and negative effects.

Two top facts about me:

  1. I’m a keen sportsman – I recently completed the Paris Marathon (26.2 miles!)
  2. I grew up in a small town in Wiltshire called Marlborough. Because of this, I am always amazed each day at sheer size of London!

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be: a travel journalist. 

My message to our new Year 7s: You are about to start a fantastic secondary school journey at a brilliant school. I hope it will leave you with memories that will last you for a life time. So I wish you all the best of luck. Be brave, be proactive and maximise all opportunities that come your way!


Name: Mr Constantinou 

My job at the Archer Academy: Head of Year 8/Humanities teacher 

The subject I teach: Humanities, Thematic Learning

The area of my subject I most enjoy teaching: Human geography, I love looking at the impact we, as a population, have on our world.  The way we interact both with each other and our environment is fascinating to study.

Two top facts about me: 

  1. I love video games, and built my own computer
  2. I am an avid fan of all things sporting, I spent a year in America where I had a season ticket to a college football team who had a stadium that seated 100,000 people!!

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be: Working with books. I worked in Waterstones for 12 years before I became a teacher!

What I am most looking forward to this year at the Archer Academy: You guys! I am excited to see you come in and explore all the opportunities the Archer provides.

My message to our new Year 7s: Welcome, work hard but above all enjoy the time you have here! 


Name: Miss Ogbaselase

My job at the Archer Academy: Head of Year 7/History teacher 

The subject I will teach: History

The area of my subject I most enjoy teaching: It’s quite hard to choose one topic that I most enjoy teaching because there are so many different topics that are equally interesting! Here are my top 3:

  • Life in the Middle Ages – I find it fascinating how life was so different during this period; in particular, how religion infiltrated every single aspect of life. Also, ideas around medieval medicine are equally fascinating especially the gore!
  • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade – So much in Britain changed as a result of our involvement in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Exploring topics such as the Industrial Revolution and growth of working-class movements (which were both triggered by involvement in the trade) also lends itself to lively discussion.
  • The Civil Rights Movement – debate is a key component of any history classroom. I particular enjoy exploring the work of activists and debating to what extent change was driven by grassroots activism or government. A very popular topic that always gets students going!

Two top facts about me:

  1. I once spent 5 weeks travelling alone around Central America Definitely a life changing experience!
  2. Yoga is a huge part of my life – it’s probably the one thing I couldn’t live without.

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be: does a yoga teacher count? 

What I am most looking forward to this year at the Archer Academy:

I am so excited about getting to know each and every one of my new Archers and welcoming you into our very special school community. I’m looking forward to getting to know you more via our VIP zone and working closely with your tutors to ensure that you are supported in every way.

My message to our new Year 7s: The Archer Academy is a truly exciting school community that will offer you endless opportunities to learn something new. I really encourage you to give anything and everything a real chance.


Name: Ms Thornley

My job at the Archer Academy: Head of Geography, upper school

The subject I will teach: Geography

The area of my subject I most enjoy teaching: In Geography my favourite topic is earthquakes and volcanoes. I love to teach about not only how they are formed, but also the positive and negative effects these natural features have on humans.

Two top facts about me:

  1. I love to travel to new and exotic places
  2. I enjoy reading all types of detective novels and watching television crime series.

If I wasn’t a teacher I would be: a diplomat or a travel writer

What I am most looking forward to this year at the Archer Academy: Meeting a new group of year 7s and continuing to be part of a vibrant school community.

My message to our new Year 7s: Try your best with everything that you do this year. Don’t be afraid to take risks, so take advantage of as many of the great opportunities available to you at your new school.


 

Name: Mr Raghuveer

My job at the Archer Academy: Teacher of History 

The subject I will teach: Humanities and Thematic Learning

The area of my subject I most enjoy teaching: I love teaching about the different interpretations in history. It shows how there’s not just one answer to a question, as long as you can explain it well!

Two top facts about me: 

  1. I love to be active, whether that is running, playing football or cricket!
  2. My favourite football team is Arsenal and I look forward to us winning a league title again. 

If I wasn’t a teacher, I would be: A sports journalist.

What I am most looking forward to this year at the Archer Academy: Our students competing (and winning) against other schools. I love to see the teamwork, drive, and passion of Archer students during athletics and football matches and competitions. I have sorely missed this over the past year.

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