Dr. Matt Lamb (Assistant Principal, Director of Central Sixth and Lecturer in Politics)

Dr. Matt Lamb has been successfully managing A Level provision for the last 13 years. He has taught A Level Politics for the past 20 years achieving consistently excellent results. Matt was educated at universities in Bristol, Birmingham, London, Worcester and Oxford and has a BA (Hons) in Politics and History, a Masters Degree in International Relations, a Masters Degree in History, an MBA, a PhD in Political Science, a Postgraduate Certificate in History and a PGCE. Matt has taught in colleges and universities, has been a senior examiner for Edexcel and has practical experience of politics as a local councillor, cabinet member and parliamentary candidate.

Dr. David Craik (Head of Lower Sixth and Lecturer in History and Politics)

Dr. David Craik leads the pastoral care and tutorial programme for our AS Level students and is an experienced lecturer in History and Politics with a track record of inspirational teaching. Dave has a very firm commitment to the values of A Level teaching in colleges and to excellent standards of teaching, and driving students towards their potential, regardless of their backgrounds. He has a degree in Politics and History, a Masters Degree in American Politics and History, a PhD in American Political History and a PGCE. Dave is an experienced examiner and is also known as a BBC broadcaster on politics and current affairs.

Gill Kendrick (Head of Upper Sixth and Lecturer in English)

Since completing her degree at Worcester University, Gill has taught English in High Schools and Sixth Forms within Herefordshire and Worcestershire. She has particularly specialised in the delivery of AS and A Level English courses during the past 22 years and has a reputation for enabling learners to achieve to the very best of their ability. Gill is an examiner for WJEC.

Matthew Banner (Lecturer in Sociology and Psychology)

Matthew (BA, PGCE, PCEL) has attended a range of universities in both Australia and the UK. His career has specialised him in behaviour management through working in pupil referral units, mainstream schools as well as colleges. This has given him a unique perspective of students’ journeys in life and he is happy to help support students regardless of their background, so all can achieve their dreams no matter what obstacles they face. Matthew is currently studying a NPQSL in his aspiration to further his FE career.

Helen Barker (Lecturer in English)

Helen has been teaching English to young people and adults in the West Midlands since 1988. She has also taught at the University of Wolverhampton and De Montfort University. She has a BA (Hons) in English and Politics from the University of Liverpool and a PGCE for Further and Higher Education from the CNAA. Working for AQA, she has been an A Level examiner since 1992, an A2 moderator and subject adviser since 2009, and a GCSE exam team leader since 1997.

Kalbinder Berrick (Lecturer in Psychology)

Kalbinder graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Reading. She attended the University of Wales College in Newport for her PGCE. She has been teaching for 16 years, and her teaching career has involved lecturing Psychology to A Level students and teaching Health and Social Care to Level 3 students. She has extensive experience in lecturing and her roles have embraced those of Head of Psychology and also managing Health and Social Care. Kalbinder has a wealth of knowledge in Educational Practice. As part of her degree in Psychology, she specialised in both Clinical and Social Psychology and would consider herself a Social and Humanistic Psychologist. Kalbinder is an Associate Examiner for Edexcel and she has experience in marking all Psychology A Level units. She has been an Associate Examiner for over 10 years.

Lisa Beckley (Lecturer in Art)

Lisa graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) degree in Craft / Applied Art, and followed this up with a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education at the University of Huddersfield. With over 13 years’ experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge, including leading, planning and delivering both Art and Design and Textiles classes. Lisa has a sustained and enviable track record of examination and moderation success, and many of her students have progressed to prestigious university courses including, but not limited to, Goldsmiths in London, Contour Fashion Design at De Montfort University, and Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University.

Heather Bishop (Lecturer in Biology)

Heather has a BSc in Biology from the University of Manchester and a PGCE in Science from Southampton University. Heather has 17 years’ experience teaching Biology to A Level students and has a track record of achieving excellent results. She also has experience in the pharmaceutical industry, delivering research into new drugs to the medical profession. Heather has carried out research for the Wellcome Trust into diabetic retinopathy. Her particular area of interest is cell biology.

Tom Callen (Lecturer in Politics, History and Sociology)

Tom graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BA (Hons) in Politics and later went on to obtain an MA in Political Science from the University of Birmingham. He gained his DTTLS from Warwick University before starting his teaching in Worcester College of Technology. Experienced at AS, A2 and Access courses, he has taught Politics, History and Sociology at these levels with excellent results, helping students to gain the qualifications they need to go to university. He also has a keen interest in philosophy, security studies and the history of warfare, as well as a more general interest in both modern and pre-modern history. He is also an examiner for Edexcel.

Sam Clare (Lecturer in Media Studies and Film Studies)

Sam has taught Film and Media Studies BTEC, A Level and International Baccalaureate for seven years. Sam was educated at the University of Wolverhampton and has a BA (Hons) degree in Film Studies. He trained as a teacher at the University of Warwick with a PGCE Specialism in Media Studies. Sam says he loves teaching and studying film and media as they offer a window into the lives and cultures of others. His favourite director is Wong Kar-Wai.

Paul Ferguson (Lecturer in Chemistry)

Paul graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc in Chemistry and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Paul has 30 years’ experience both as a lecturer and as an examiner and has a track record of achieving excellent results. Paul has huge experience of teaching and assessment including A Level Chemistry, A Level Environmental Science, BTEC National Diploma Science and NVQ laboratory operations in science-based industries.

Susan Hobster (Lecturer in Sociology)

Susan has a degree in Sociology from the University of Leicester and an MA in Cultural Studies and a PGCE in Social Science, both from Keele University. She has specialised in teaching Sociology at A Level for over 20 years, mainly in Sixth Form Colleges. Susan has wide experience in Sixth Form and was Head of a large Sociology department for almost 10 years. She has also mentored Associate Teachers from Keele for most of her time as a teacher. Susan has examined and moderated Sociology for AQA for 20 years.

Sonia Jassal (Lecturer in Business Studies)

Sonia was educated at Birmingham City University and achieved a BA (Hons) degree in Business & Finance. She successfully completed a Graduate Training Programme (GTP) in Education from the University of Birmingham. She has specialised in the delivery of A2/AS Level, BTEC National Diploma in Business Studies courses. During the past 10 years she has built a reputation for enabling learners to achieve to the very best of their ability. She has taught in schools in Wolverhampton and Halesowen. Sonia has also been an examiner for Edexcel exam board for the past 10 years and has excellent awareness of assessment and examining procedures.

Navjot Kaur (Lecturer in Psychology, Sociology and Health and Social Care)

Navjot has taught A Level AQA Sociology and Edexcel Psychology for the past nine years. She has also been a Lead Reviewer for the college’s Quality Department since 2012 and is responsible for assessing the quality of Teaching and Learning across Sandwell College. Navjot was educated at the University of Wolverhampton and has a BA (Hons) degree in Sociology and a PGCE (M) PCE which allowed her to complete her Masters too. Navjot is an examiner for both subjects and has excellent understanding of assessment and examining procedures. She is also a Teacher Training mentor for Birmingham City University and co-ordinates A Level teacher training in the Sixth Form. Navjot has links with the University of Wolverhampton, who provide specialist taster university days in her subjects. Navjot has strong links with Edexcel examiners who deliver revision seminars to her students.

Parvinder Kaur (Lecturer in Information, Communication Technology – ICT)

Parvinder has been teaching within the secondary and FE sector of Education for the past 10 years. She has coordinated and built upon new AS and A Level ICT, Education Studies and Computer Science. Educated at Newman University and the University of Leeds, Parvinder has a BA (Joint Honours), PGCE secondary and a Masters Degree all in ICT and Education Studies. Parvinder also has 20 years’ experience in Music Education, teaching at local community centres in and around the Birmingham area.

Michaël Lacoult (Lecturer in French)

Michaël has been successfully teaching A Level French to young people and adults in Worcestershire, Solihull and Staffordshire for the past 10 years. He graduated from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne in France and worked for two years as a research and development engineer in the West Midlands and internationally, making good use of his language skills. He then completed a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Birmingham. As well as lecturing French at Sandwell College, he is Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Newcastle-under-Lyme College’s Sixth Form.

Zoe Lewis (Lecturer in Psychology, Health and Social Care and Sociology)

Zoe has been successfully teaching Social Science subjects to young people and adults for over 15 years. She trained specifically for Further and Higher Education and has gained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology, a PGCE and a Masters Degree in Education Management. She is also an examiner and coursework moderator for Edexcel Health and Social Care and has an excellent understanding of assessment and examining procedures.

Azeem Mohammed (Lecturer in Geography)

Azeem is a talented individual who has achieved highly throughout his career and has had a passion for Geography from an early age. He studied Geography and Archaeology at the University of Nottingham and later went on to complete his PGCE at the same institution. Azeem has 12 years of teaching experience at secondary school level, teaching students in Year 7 through to Year 13. Of these, six years have been spent working as an inspirational Head of Department and over the last three years Azeem has been an examiner for the AQA examination board. Azeem has a passion for mountain-climbing, conquering several challenging mountains, including Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mt Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo and Mt Toubkal in Morocco.

David Muritu (Lecturer in Maths)

David graduated in Astrophysics from University College London. He has taught A Level Maths in Further Education for over 20 years. Having been a subject learning coach, he has developed and used innovative teaching and learning techniques to deliver the subject to 16-19 year-olds and adults. David is a keen sportsman; he captained the London University Hockey team and represented Essex County Cricket Club 2nd XI and Middlesex County Cricket Club at Under 25 level.

Keith Norfolk (Lecturer in Physics and Mathematics)

Keith graduated in Physics from the University of York and later took a PGCE and an MBA at the University of Warwick. He also holds qualifications in astronomy and cosmology. Over the last 25 years Keith has split his career between teaching, educational outreach and developing educational resources. During this time he has worked for the European Space Agency and studied particle physics at CERN in Geneva, home of the Large Hadron Collider. He also has a long history of teaching GCSE Astronomy. When not in the lecture room, Keith can often be found on the amateur stage, performing works varying from Shakespeare to Alan Bennett, via the musicals of Stephen Sondheim.

Dr Ade Oduloju (Lecturer in Applied Science and Biology)

Ade is an experienced science lecturer with a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine and a qualified teacher status in science and mathematics from the University of Gloucestershire (Marches Consortium). He has lectured at various colleges and universities over the years with great success rates. He has a keen interest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ) agenda in the UK, and believes the future economical prosperity of the United Kingdom will largely depend on young people moving into STEM-related careers. Ade is also involved in the study and development of veterinary pharmaceuticals in the UK. In his spare time, Ade works for the RSPCA and Cats Protection saving sick and injured animals.

Pinkeyben Patel (Lecturer in Law)

Pinkeyben has a LLB (Hons) Law degree from the University of Leicester and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law in Birmingham. Using her experience of working within the legal sector, Pinkeyben has taught across the AS and A2 Level Law courses and also teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages. With a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Wolverhampton, she has been awarded Qualified Teacher Learning Skills Status from the Institute for Learning. Pinkeyben is also an examiner for AQA assessing Law papers at A Level.

Desmond Rakhaly (Lecturer in Religious Education and Philosophy)

Desmond has successfully taught a wide range of humanities subjects such as Sociology, Philosophy, Religious Education and Twentieth Century History. He was educated at the University of Wolverhampton and has a BA (Hons) degree in Sociology and Philosophy and also a PGCE in Further and Higher Education. Desmond has 10 years’ teaching experience in both secondary and further education and was an AQA Sociology examiner. He is a member of the British Philosophical Association.

Majid Razaq (Lecturer in Business Studies and Economics)

Majid has been teaching business studies and economics for the last nine years. He has taught in the UK for six years and in the Middle East for three years. Majid was educated at Birmingham City University where he received a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and he studied his PGCE teaching qualification at the University of Wolverhampton. Majid has successfully achieved high A Level Business and Economics pass rates and grades. Majid also teaches the BTEC Diploma Business course.

Dermot Shaughnessy (Lecturer in Accounting)

Dermot has almost 25 years’ experience of teaching Accounting and Finance. Teaching primarily at A Level, but also on HNC/HND Business and Finance programmes, Dermot has an established record of achieving excellent results. He has also taught Accounting modules on first year Business degree courses and on Access to HE programmes. Dermot has an honours degree in Accounting and Finance from Manchester Metropolitan University, a PGCE from the University of Wolverhampton and a Diploma in International Accounting and Finance from the University of Birmingham. Dermot has also worked closely with new lecturers, providing support for graduate trainee teachers of A Level Accounts.

Dr Avtar Singh (Lecturer in Chemistry and Applied Science)

Avtar has a BSc in Physics from Imperial College, MSc in Protein Crystallography and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Leeds. He has been a postdoctoral research scientist in the National University of Singapore and the University of Birmingham, and his work has appeared in prestigious peer reviewed journals and has been presented at international conferences. Avtar has been awarded DTLLS, QTLS and Professional Formation status by the Institute of learning. He has been teaching diverse science courses at Level 2 and 3, primarily in the FE sector, since 2005. Avtar has been an examiner for various exam boards at GCSE and A Level. His interests include playing and listening to music and reading world literature.

Helen White (Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies)

Helen has been teaching Drama to young people and adults for the past 15 years within schools, colleges and the wider community. She has a BA (Hons) degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in Creative Arts with specialism in Drama and a PGCE in Drama from Birmingham City University. She has successfully taught Drama in secondary schools in the West Midlands, being Head of Drama for a number of years. For the past five years she has specialised in teaching at post-16 level, with consistently high results from A Level Drama and Theatre Studies (both AQA and Edexcel specifications) and Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts. Helen has also been a senior examiner for Edexcel for the past 10 years, examining the group performance pieces and individual monologues, giving her an excellent understanding of the assessment criteria for the course.

Jason White (Lecturer in Maths) 

Jason graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Mathematics and then from the University of Wolverhampton where he studied for his Postgraduate Certificate in Education (F.E.) and has since gained 20 years’ experience teaching all levels of Mathematics to all ages, from Level 1 to International Baccalaureate, from 16 to 60. He is a Team Leader/Examiner for A Level Mathematics with Edexcel, specialising in Core and Decision Mathematics and has extensive experience in lecturing and previously managing as a head of department for A Level. When not teaching Jason is a keen and accomplished rock climber, spending his time touring the north Derbyshire crags with his family.




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