King Edward’s Witley has appointed Maria-Eleni Pevreall as the school’s new head of Biology.
Mrs Pevreall’s previous posts include a four-year stint as a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the Foundation Degree in Paramedic Science at the University of Portsmouth and four years at a local independent boarding/day school for boys aged 8-18.
A graduate of the University of Surrey (where she gained a BSc Hons) in Medical Microbiology) Mrs Pevreall went on to achieve her Masters in Immunology at Kings College London and her Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning at the University of Portsmouth. She also went on to attain her GTP-QTS from the University of Chichester.
Commenting on the new position which commenced in September 2015, Mrs Pevreall says: “I am really looking forward to this new chapter in my career heading up the biology department and teaching to GCSE pupils, as well as to those studying in the sixth form following either the new A-level or the IB course at King Edward’s Witley. When I was called for interview I was very impressed by the ‘thorough and organised’ culture, which permeates throughout the school, which of course bodes well for a progressive learning environment. I want to inspire my pupils to be more inquisitive and more interrogative in their approach to biology and of course that will involve encouraging active participation in experiments and a range of biology trips that are currently being planned.”
Anna Small has been appointed head of the Food Technology department.
Miss Small joins the school following three years of teaching at a military secondary school in Cyprus. Prior to this she worked as head of Catering, running the Food Technology and Catering Department, at King Alfred’s Academy in Oxfordshire for three years.
Commenting on her new position, Miss Small says: “I am very much looking forward to teaching the pupils of King Edward’s where it is very apparent that a strong ethos exists in terms of educating and developing the whole person, as opposed to an over dependence on academic achievements alone. I have been really impressed by the keen sense of community that permeates throughout the school and am excited by the opportunity to extend the appeal of Food Technology following the recent changes in the curriculum. Pupils will be encouraged to examine the provenance of the food that we eat and to investigate the ethical decisions affecting food production. There will of course also be a significant emphasis on eating and cooking healthy foods and snacks and recognising the important role that food plays in our lives. The catering at the school is excellent and I am keen to establish a stronger link between the study of food technology and linking this with the day to day decisions being made by the on-site catering team.”