Senior Leadership

TAMARYN YARTU : Co-Headteacher

TAMARYN YARTU

Co-Headteacher

Hello, my name is Tammy and I’m originally from Cape Town, South Africa, where I completed a Bachelor of Education Foundation Stage, and worked within a specialist environment catering for children with a range of learning differences and a focus on early intervention. On moving to London, I worked at a Resource Base in Camden for three years, where I started and developed the EYFS classroom. I moved to Gesher when it opened in 2017, starting out as an Early Years teacher and then joining the Senior Leadership Team in my second year, where I developed the school’s primary curriculum, ensuring it focused on the whole child and provided opportunities for personalised learning through to Year 6. I became Headteacher at Gesher in April 2021, and have now transitioned into a co-headship model alongside Nikeisha, where we will continue to develop and nurture a community which identifies the importance of personalised outcomes for each child’s future learning and achievement.

NIKEISHA WEBB-HARDY : Co-Headteacher

NIKEISHA WEBB-HARDY

Co-Headteacher

Hi, I am Nikeisha Webb- Hardy, Co-Headteacher at Gesher School. I am from the beautiful Caribbean Island of Jamaica, where I first discovered my passion for teaching. I completed my teacher training with a focus in Mathematics and English and later qualified post-grad in the areas of Language and Literacy, SEND and Inclusion, Leadership and Management, and Assessment.  I am extremely passionate about maximising opportunities for all learners which has fuelled my drive for working with students with SEND. With over 18 years’ experience as an educator, my journey started out as a teacher of English and Literacy Specialist working with students with dyslexia and other Literacy needs. I have worked in several secondary schools leading and managing SEND and Inclusion provision, EAL and psychometric assessments. I am excited to share this journey as Co-Headteacher with Tammy and our entire Gesher community, as we embark on what is destined to be a remarkable journey of growth and discovery. 

CHRIS GURNEY : Deputy-Head/Dramatherapist/Safeguarding & Wellbeing Lead

CHRIS GURNEY

Deputy-Head/Dramatherapist/Safeguarding & Wellbeing Lead

Hello! I am Mr Chris, the Deputy Head here at Gesher. My primary role is as the school’s Dramatherapist,  and I trained at Roehampton University in London. I’m passionate about using this creative form of  psychotherapy to support children with additional needs in their social-emotional development. Story, play and art are all key tools I utilise to creatively engage the children at Gesher, and explore wider themes that may otherwise be challenging to understand. As the Deputy Head, my main responsibilities are pastoral care and safeguarding, and supporting the well-being of both the children and the staff is at the core of my work throughout the school. 

ROWAN EGGAR : Assistant Head (Curriculum & Assessment) and Class Teacher

ROWAN EGGAR

Assistant Head (Curriculum & Assessment) and Class Teacher

Hi, my name is Miss Rowan and I am the Assistant Head for Curriculum and Assessment as well as Tamar’s class teacher two days a week. I have been teaching at Gesher for the past four years and it has been a pleasure being part of the school’s journey into an all-through school. I have an MSc in Psychology as well as a PGCE from UCL. I love being able to support our students to reach their academic goals in a safe, nurturing space. I am also passionate about sharing the ‘Gesher Way’ of supporting children with SEND with other schools and early career teachers. I can’t wait for this year and all the amazing projects the students will participate in. 

DANIELLE PETAR : Assistant Headteacher: Inclusion/SENDCo

DANIELLE PETAR

Assistant Headteacher: Inclusion/SENDCo

Hi, I am Miss Danielle, the Assistant Headteacher of Inclusion and also the SENDCO at Gesher. I have a degree in Psychology and a PGCE with a specialism in SEN from the Institute of Education. I have been in education for over twenty years and for the past fourteen years, I have been in the role of the Inclusion Lead/SENDCO with experience in various mainstream settings prior to joining the amazing Gesher community. I am passionate about working collaboratively and creatively to secure the best support and provision to enable all our children and young people to flourish through their own individual journeys. I am looking forward to working with you all and I am excited to see what amazing things the students achieve this year! 

VICTORIA RUTTER : Head of Therapies

VICTORIA RUTTER

Head of Therapies

Hello, I’m Miss Victoria and I’m Head of Therapies at Gesher. I am also a Speech and Language Therapist with over twenty-five years of experience, working in the NHS, as well as the education and justice system. This is my third year as part of the Gesher community. This year, I will continue to support the students in Tamar, Keren and Gevurah classes (many of whom are now taller than me…!) The Therapy Team at Gesher are passionate about weaving therapy targets and strategies into all aspects of the school day and we are excited to begin another year of innovative interventions and seeing skills and confidence continue to grow. 

BRADLEY CONWAY : Head of Kodesh

BRADLEY CONWAY

Head of Kodesh

My name is Bradley Conway, and I am very excited to become a part of the Gesher community as Head of Kodesh. I have visited the school a few times now, and the amazing warmth that the children and teachers have shown me has made me feel extremely welcome, and I am really looking forward to working with my new colleagues to educate and guide your child in developing their Jewish and Religious knowledge and values. I am a JFS alumni and a graduate of 2 years at Ohr Somayach Yeshiva in Jerusalem. 13 years ago I was able to combine my 2 passions - Judaism and working with youth – to set up the Beit (the Jewish Informal department) at Immanuel College. Throughout the years, I have attained a Masters in Jewish education and my role has evolved to my current position as the Kodesh KS3 co-ordinator.

GRAHAM FREEMAN : School Business Manager

GRAHAM FREEMAN

School Business Manager

Hi, my name is Graham. I joined Gesher School in December 2022 as the School Business Manager with responsibility for finance, personnel, property and IT. I grew up in the Netherlands but have been living in the UK since 1986. I have a degree in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge and have worked in Financial Services, Social Care and most recently in Education – a career change that has been incredibly fulfilling. I am delighted to have joined the staff Gesher School community and look forward to supporting the school in its growth and development over the coming years.

Teachers

LEIGH KENNEDY : Zayit Class Teacher

LEIGH KENNEDY

Zayit Class Teacher

Hi, I’m Miss Leigh and I am the class teacher for Zayit class (EYFS and Year One). This is my fourth year teaching our youngest students at Gesher and I love being part of the Gesher community. I am from  New Zealand and originally trained and worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in Early Years and Primary settings, before completing my teacher training in London. I have a passion for supporting children in achieving their full potential and having lots of fun while they get there! 

KATIE MCENALLAY : Seorah Class Teacher

KATIE MCENALLAY

Seorah Class Teacher

Hi I’m Miss Katie and I am the teacher for Seorah class again this year. I have worked at Gesher for four years. I started my journey at Gesher as a Teaching Assistant which sparked my interest in becoming a teacher and have not looked back since. I have recently completed my teaching qualification and I am excited to continue my journey here as a fully qualified teacher. 

STEPHANIE SUNGTONG : Gefen Class Teacher

STEPHANIE SUNGTONG

Gefen Class Teacher

Hi, I’m Miss Stephanie and I am the class teacher for Gefen class. This is my second year teaching at Gesher, prior to which I worked in mainstream primary and secondary schools. I have also worked at a school for the deaf in Thailand. I really enjoyed my first year in Gefen class and I’m really excited to see what this year will bring! 

LEAH COOMBES : Rimon Class Teacher

LEAH COOMBES

Rimon Class Teacher

Hi, I’m Miss Leah and I am the class teacher for Rimon this year. It is so exciting to step into my new role as a full-time teacher as I started my Gesher journey as a teaching assistant five years ago. I have worked within the education sector for ten years in a variety of schools and settings, whilst finding a passion for SEN. I can’t wait to see what this year holds! 

SARA MARSHALL : Chitah Class Teacher

SARA MARSHALL

Chitah Class Teacher

Hi, I’m Miss Sara and I am Chitah’s class teacher. This is my first year at Gesher and I am very excited to get to know all the students and staff. Before starting here, I taught in a mainstream school for five years; over this time, I developed my love for SEND teaching. To me, there is no greater joy than seeing children reach the ‘penny drop’ moment, when they understand something they have been working towards despite any barriers to learning they may face - it is truly magical! 

JODI SAMPSON : Tamar Class Teacher

JODI SAMPSON

Tamar Class Teacher

Hi, my name is Miss Jodi and I am one of Tamar’s teachers this year (alongside Miss Rowan). I am so excited to start my first year here at Gesher and teach three days a week! I have taught in a range of settings in London, both in and out of the classroom, since completing my PGCE with a SEN Specialism in Bristol. I spent three years as a Classroom Teacher in an Autism Resource Provision and I worked as a SEN Home Tutor for children who experience barriers to accessing a school setting. I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Autism (Children) at the University of Birmingham and I hope to continue my studies to complete my Masters in this field. I can’t wait to teach Tamar Class and support them in achieving their full potential!

EMILY BACON : Keren Class Teacher

EMILY BACON

Keren Class Teacher

Hi, I’m Miss Emily and I have been teaching at Gesher for the last three years and have nine years of experience as a SEND teacher. I have worked across London and Melbourne in a wide variety of SEND settings. I’m particularly passionate about Creative Literacy and enjoy supporting children with their mental health and wellbeing. This year I am taking on a new role as Life Skills lead and will be helping teachers to roll out our new Life Skills curriculum ‘Bridges’ across the school. 

MADISON RITCHIE : Keren Class Teacher

MADISON RITCHIE

Keren Class Teacher

Hi, I'm Miss Madi and I co-teach Keren class. I am from Melbourne, Australia, where I completed a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education. I have six years of teaching experience in Melbourne, teaching classroom and PE subjects in primary and secondary year levels. I moved to London in September to expand my teaching experience in a new setting. I am excited to learn and continue to grow as a SEND teacher at Gesher School.
BETHANY RENTALL : Gevurah Class Teacher

BETHANY RENTALL

Gevurah Class Teacher

Hi, I’m Miss Bethany and I am one of Gevurah’s class teachers. I am thrilled to be starting my career in teaching at Gesher after being a teaching assistant last year. I have absolutely loved my time at Gesher so far and have definitely found my passion. I am excited to help guide Gevurah through Year 8 and lead on Gesher’s School Council this year. 

NATASHA BRANDON : Gevurah Class Teacher

NATASHA BRANDON

Gevurah Class Teacher

Hi, I’m Miss Natasha and I am one of the secondary phase teachers, working closely with Gevurah class and Keren class. I have been working as a youth worker within the Jewish community for twelve years which initiated my passion for working with children and young people. I completed my Honours degree in Design for Performance at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama but after two years in this industry, I missed working with children. I completed my PGCE in Design and Technology and then spent two years in a mainstream setting as a cross-department teacher in Art and Design Technology. As I begin my journey at Gesher, I hope to give our young people the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world, teach them how to be innovative, to make creative use of a variety of resources and to harness the benefits of technology in order to improve the world around them.

Kodesh Department

SHOSHIE ROSS : Jewish Studies Teacher

SHOSHIE ROSS

Jewish Studies Teacher

Hi I’m Miss Shoshie and I’m delighted to continue my role from last year as a Jewish Studies teacher. This will be my fifth year at Gesher School and I will be teaching two days a week while I complete my Masters degree in Art Therapy. I look  forward to enriching the children with my passion for Judaism and helping them develop their faith  identity. 

ALANA BARNETT : Jewish Studies Teacher

ALANA BARNETT

Jewish Studies Teacher

Hi, I’m Miss Alana and I am one of the Jewish Studies Teachers. I have previously worked as a Teaching Assistant and then returned to the school last year as a member of the Kodesh team. I thoroughly enjoy enhancing our students’ Jewish identity and contributing to their religious knowledge. I am excited about bringing the Ruach and encouraging our children to embrace their faith in order to be proud of who they are. 

STEVEN WAX : Jewish Studies Teacher

STEVEN WAX

Jewish Studies Teacher

Hi, I’m Mr Steve and I am one of the Jewish Studies teachers. I mostly work with secondary students but also have experience working with the younger students at Gesher as well.  I have been teaching Hebrew, B’nei Mitzvah and Jewish Studies for thirty-five years. I am passionate  about supporting the children to engage with (and enjoy) Judaism in their own way. As Rabbi Shapira  (the Rebbe from the Warsaw ghetto) said, “the Jewish education of each child must be different,  depending on mind, character, and all other unique qualities.” 

Therapists

OLIVIA SIMMONS : Occupational Therapist

OLIVIA SIMMONS

Occupational Therapist

Hi, I’m Miss Olivia/Liv, I am the Occupational Therapist for Zayit, Seorah, Keren and Gevurah classes this year. I am from New Zealand where I originally trained and worked as an OT in a variety of mental health and school-based settings. As an OT, I am passionate about helping children to develop their skills through meaningful activities and I love seeing their ‘lightbulb’ moments when they achieve things that they were initially finding really difficult. I am really excited for my third year at Gesher, seeing all our children’s confidence and independence grow and having an exciting, new and motivating OT room for our children to use to support their OT skills and sensory processing needs whilst having fun!

CIARA O’DONOGHUE : Occupational Therapist

CIARA O’DONOGHUE

Occupational Therapist

Hi, I am Miss Ciara and I am one of the Occupational Therapists. This is my first year at Gesher, prior to this I worked as an Occupational Therapist in the community, children’s centres and in SEN schools. I am really excited about starting my journey at Gesher and for the year ahead. This year, I will be supporting the children in Gefen, Rimon, Chitah and Tamar classes, helping to develop their skills through meaningful activities, while having lots of fun! 

ASHLEIGH WOLINSKY : Speech and Language Therapist (Maternity Leave)

ASHLEIGH WOLINSKY

Speech and Language Therapist (Maternity Leave)

Hi, I’m Miss Ashleigh and I am one of the Speech and Language Therapists. I work with children in EYFS, KS1 and lower KS2. I started at Gesher in September 2019 and it has been incredible to watch the children’s progress and see the school grow and develop so much since I started. I am originally from Leeds but I moved to London when I started working in 2016 across the NHS and private sectors. I absolutely love working with the children, staff and parents here as it is so rewarding and I don’t go a day without laughing. I am looking forward to continuing to support the children until I go on maternity leave at the end of November. 

ISOBEL BYRNE : Speech and Language Therapist

ISOBEL BYRNE

Speech and Language Therapist

Hi I’m Miss Isobel, I am the Speech and Language Therapist for Zayit, Seorah, Gefen, Rimon and Chitah class. I joined Gesher at the start of this year and have really enjoyed my time so far. I previously worked with children in the NHS within the community, nurseries, schools and children’s centres. I love working as a Speech and Language Therapist to be able to develop children’s communication around activities that are engaging and meaningful to them. I am looking forward to continuing to support the children’s progress across the rest of the year.
LAURA MILES : Art Therapist

LAURA MILES

Art Therapist

Hi, I’m Laura and I’m Gesher’s full time Art Therapist. I have been part of Gesher’s journey virtually since it opened, working as a Teaching Assistant during my studies, and I feel very fortunate to continue working with these incredible children. I have a Master of Arts in Art Psychotherapy from the University of Roehampton, in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a Diploma in Contemporary Ceramics from the Geneva University of Art and Design in Switzerland. By providing our students with a safe space to express their feelings and emotions, I aim to allow them to process the things that happen in their lives using words or/and visual art media and to help them achieve their potential, especially, to be happy! 

MATTHEW SUMMERS : SENDCO Assistant

MATTHEW SUMMERS

SENDCO Assistant

Hi, I’m Mr Matt and I am SENDCO Assistant. I have been lucky to have been a part of the Gesher family for the last three years and am currently going into my 19th year working in Special Education. Gesher has allowed me to work with an amazing group of students and I am passionate about them being able to access all the tools that will help them to achieve their full potential. Having previously worked as a Graphic Designer, I love to see the students solving problems and producing work which uses their imagination, creativity and having fun along the way!  

RACHEL QUINN : Therapy Assistant

RACHEL QUINN

Therapy Assistant

Hi, I’m Miss Rachel and I will be Gesher’s first Therapy Assistant this year. I was a teaching assistant last year in Tamar class, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with the students. I learned so much and adore the positive and warm culture that Gesher brings. My journey in a SEN environment began in 2019, and as I have a degree in Psychology I am excited to embark on this new adventure working alongside the therapists at Gesher. I can’t wait to work with both new and old faces this year!

PUPLINDA GURNEY : Trainee Therapy Dog

PUPLINDA GURNEY

Trainee Therapy Dog

Hi! I’m Puplinda, and I am in training to become a therapy dog at Gesher. I am a toy cockapoo (a toy poodle crossed with a cocker spaniel), and I live with Mr Chris. I usually come into Gesher once a week as I am still very young. I love playing games and having cuddles, and the students at Gesher are learning how to take care of me whilst also helping me to learn cool tricks!

Teaching Assistants

MICHAL GELLER : Life Skills Champion & Teaching Assistant

MICHAL GELLER

Life Skills Champion & Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Miss Michal! I am super excited to be starting my new role as the Life Skills Champion, alongside assisting in Rimon class as a Teaching Assistant. I am currently in my final year of studying psychology at East London University. I look forward to seeing the children progress and develop both socially and academically and consider myself lucky to be part of the Gesher students’ learning journey this year. I am thrilled to be running life skill sessions for all of our primary students, and cannot wait for another year with the Gesher family. 

AYMANE HAMIDI : Higher Level Teaching Assistant PE Lead Secondary & Co-Teacher for English (Gevurah)

AYMANE HAMIDI

Higher Level Teaching Assistant PE Lead Secondary & Co-Teacher for English (Gevurah)

Hi, I’m Mr Aymane and I am a Teacher Assistant in Gevurah class and the PE teacher for our two secondary classes (Keren and Gevurah). I also co-teach English in Gevurah. I started working at Gesher in May 2022 with the Year 7 students and I’m honoured to be able to continue my journey with them as they move into Year 8. Despite graduating with a degree in Law, teaching is my real passion, and I couldn’t be more excited to explore that passion at Gesher. 

DANNY CAZZATO : Teaching Assistant & Media Team

DANNY CAZZATO

Teaching Assistant & Media Team

Hi, I’m Mr Danny and I am a Teaching Assistant in Tamar class. It’s my second year at Gesher and I’m very excited to be staying on in Tamar class to welcome our new students into Year 6. My previous roles and background have been in graphic design, art and project management so I am very pleased that Gesher has given me the opportunity to be part of the media team on a part-time basis, where I will be supporting with graphic design and creative support -- exciting times ahead!

CHANI GELLER : Teaching Assistant & Shomeret

CHANI GELLER

Teaching Assistant & Shomeret

Hi, I’m Miss Chani and I am one of the Teaching Assistants in Zayit and Seorah classes. This is my third year at Gesher and I look forward to seeing the children continue to flourish as the year goes on. Having just graduated with a degree in Mathematics, I am also excited to be running Maths intervention across the school. Part of my role also includes being a Shomeret (kosher supervisor) for kitchen and food-related subjects. I am keen to see what this year will bring for both staff and children!

DANA ROSEN : Teaching Assistant

DANA ROSEN

Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Miss Dana and I’m a Teaching Assistant in Seorah class. I am very excited to be starting my second year at Gesher. I have a degree in Psychology and Special & Inclusive Education and have experience working in a variety of settings including camp, nurseries, SEN schools, a primary school in Israel and supported accommodation for adults with SEN. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what this year brings in terms of the children’s growth, as well as Gesher’s exciting new initiatives!

RICARDO DECASTRO : Teaching Assistant

RICARDO DECASTRO

Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Mr Ricky and I am a Teaching Assistant in Keren class. I have been part of the “Gesher family”  since the first day and have seen first-hand how amazingly our school has grown! As a member of this great team, I look forward to another prosperous year - engaging with our students and empowering them with the best learning tools, thus providing a wholesome and effective education. 

SALMA EL BETIOUI LAMTI : Teaching Assistant

SALMA EL BETIOUI LAMTI

Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Miss Salma and I am a teaching assistant in Gefen class. I joined Gesher in April of 2022 as a member of agency staff and as a result got to know all of the amazing children and staff while I worked in different classes. This year, I have the privilege of working exclusively with Gefen class. I have worked in a variety of special needs and primary schools in London. I love working with kids and I look forward to a great year ahead. 

BRADLEY COX : Teaching Assistant

BRADLEY COX

Teaching Assistant

Hi, I'm Mr Bradley and I am a Teaching Assistant in Chitah Class. I joined Gesher in February after a wonderful time volunteering here. I'm thankful Gesher has given me the opportunity to work with such an amazing team. I enjoy creating meaningful connections with the students and helping them in fulfilling their potential. I'm looking forward to my future with Gesher.
ALISSA WARNER : Teaching Assistant

ALISSA WARNER

Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Miss Alissa and I am a Teaching Assistant in Rimon class. I am a new member of the team this year and I am so excited to see what the year will bring. I have had seven years of experience working in a mainstream school as a one-to-one with special needs children. I have a passion for supporting children and helping them grow to their fullest potential and can’t wait to get to know the students in Rimon class. 

MONIQUE LAUDER : Creative Integration Lead

MONIQUE LAUDER

Creative Integration Lead

Hi, I’m Miss Monique and I am a Teaching Assistant in Zayit class and Creative Integration Lead. As well as my role as a TA, I plan weekly art sessions and organise the outside area for Zayit and Serorah. I have a wealth of experience working with younger children with an emphasis on early years education. During my career, I have worked in nursery school settings managing and a primary school where I was a high-level TA in early years in the morning and a playgroup manager in the afternoon. I have a strong connection in my personal life too and have supported various children with additional needs during this time. I look forward to teaching your children whilst working to help them reach their full potential and be involved in this wonderful school.

KELSEAH PARNELL : Teaching Assistant

KELSEAH PARNELL

Teaching Assistant

ISABELLA AARON : Teaching Assistant

ISABELLA AARON

Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Miss Bella and I am the music teacher for EYFS, KS1 and lower KS2 and also a Teaching Assistant in Gefen class. This year, I will also be leading Gesher’s brand new Music Club. I’ve been at Gesher for two and a half years, previously working as a TA in EYFS and KS1. I love singing and playing my ukulele and cannot wait to share my passion with the school this year. 

NAZIHA GACEM : Teaching Assistant

NAZIHA GACEM

Teaching Assistant

Hi everyone! I am Miss Naz and I am a Teaching Assistant in Chitah class. I’m originally from Algeria and have a BA in English Language and Literature. I started my education journey in 2014 teaching in Turkey. Since then, I’ve worked as an ESL teacher in both the UK and Algeria. I have also worked with young learners in an Arts and Crafts Club and a primary school as a Teaching Assistant. As an educator, I have a creative approach. I know how kids learn, what they respond to best, and the energy they require for an engaging learning experience. I still have a lot to learn about supporting young people with additional needs but I am eager to learn from the great staff at Gesher! 

MALI SINCLAIR-HORNE : Teaching Assistant

MALI SINCLAIR-HORNE

Teaching Assistant

I’m Miss Mali and I am excited to start my second year at Gesher School as a teaching assistant. I look forward to working in Rimon class and getting to know the pupils. I studied Early Childhood Studies (BA Hons) which developed my passion for working with children. My experience with children ranges from aged 8 months to 12 years old, working in nurseries as well as being a nanny. I look forward to continuing my journey at Gesher School and to supporting the development of our amazing children!

YAEL BORGER : Teaching Assistant

YAEL BORGER

Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Miss Yael and I’m a Teaching Assistant in Tamar class. I am very excited to have started at Gesher this year. I recently graduated with a degree in Fine Art and have experience working in a variety of SEN settings including camps, SEN groups and youth zones. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and working with the staff to support pupils in achieving their full potential. I am motivated by thinking out of the box and being creative to help children enjoy learning. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what this year brings in terms of the children’s growth, as well as Gesher’s exciting new initiatives!

Media Team

HOLLY EDWARDS : Storyteller & Curator

HOLLY EDWARDS

Storyteller & Curator

Hello! I’m Miss Holly and I’m the school’s Storyteller and Curator. I started in this role in 2021 and since then have been very busy, from getting to know all of the children, and documenting their amazing work, to publishing our first ever adult learning journal, The Bridge. I have loved seeing the growth and pride that PBL has brought to our students’ work and culture, and I cannot wait to capture another year at Gesher. I have over eight years of experience in post-production and multimedia in a number of industries in both Australia and the UK. 

SAM DEXTER : Media Team Support

SAM DEXTER

Media Team Support

Hi, I am Mr Sam  and I am a part of the Media Team at Gesher, supporting with writing content for The Bridge journal and running our Critical Friendship Groups. Alongside my role at Gesher, I am completing my PhD at UCL, where I am exploring how special needs schools prepare their autistic young people for employment. Before starting my PhD I spent two years at Gesher as a class teacher in KS2. 

Support Staff

IMOGEN ARCANGELI : Head of Fundraising

IMOGEN ARCANGELI

Head of Fundraising

Hi, I’m Imogen! I joined Gesher in the new Head of Fundraising role in May 2023, with experience in education and the cultural sector. I first became motivated to support people with SEND when working in an adult autism assessment centre. I can’t wait to make a difference at this inspiring school!
JUDY STRAKER : School Office Manager

JUDY STRAKER

School Office Manager

Hi, I’m Judy and I’m so excited to join Gesher School as the new School Office Manager. I have worked in a number of schools both primary and secondary within a HR capacity for the past 7 years. I also teach English to adults on a part-time basis to various nationalities through a local charity. I love being able to truly make a difference in lives that are in need! This is an absolutely wonderful school to work for and I look forward to being part of its community.
ANTARA AMIN : Administrative Assistant

ANTARA AMIN

Administrative Assistant

Hello, I’m Miss Antara and I am the Administrative Assistant. I started working at Gesher in May 2022 and have loved getting to know all the staff and the wonderful students. I am excited to be a part of the school as it grows, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds. 

BARON WILDE : School Premises Manager

BARON WILDE

School Premises Manager

Hi I’m Mr Baron, I am the school’s Premises Manager/Caretaker/Minibus Driver. I have been with Gesher since it opened, supporting the school, parents and staff with their requirements and helping to keep everyone in the Gesher family safe. I look forward to seeing what this year will hold. 

NYASHA MABHUNU : School Chef

NYASHA MABHUNU

School Chef

Hello, I am Miss Nyasha and I am the Gesher Chef! My love for cooking began when I was around nine years old whilst growing up in Zimbabwe. I moved to the UK aged fourteen and continued this passion for food. I have worked as a chef in lots of different settings – from managing the kitchen at a care home to cooking in nurseries and now at the wonderful Gesher! 

CORINA SERBAN : Kitchen Assistant

CORINA SERBAN

Kitchen Assistant

Hi! I'm Miss Corina and I'm Gesher's school kitchen assistant! I joined Gesher in November of 2022 after working in hotels for over 10 years. I'm excited to assist the chef in cooking healthy meals for children and staff.
JAKUB KONOPKA : Security

JAKUB KONOPKA

Security

Hi, I am Mr Jakub and I am one of the Security Guards. I have been working at Gesher since the school opened in 2017. My role at Gesher is to ensure that everyone stays safe but I’ve also got to know all the parents, staff, and students really well. 

MARCEL MOISOIU : Security

MARCEL MOISOIU

Security

Hi, I am Mr Marcel and I am one of the Security Guards. I started working at Gesher in 2018 and really enjoy my role. As well as keeping everyone at Gesher safe while they are on-site, I also provide security for when students go on trips.