The quality, experience and commitment of your teacher is the single most important factor in the academic success of any student. We are proud to introduce our colleagues, all of whom are experienced, inspirational and proven in teaching the British curriculum.
Our native-English speaking teaching staff are recruited from leading schools around the world, and bring maturity and dynamism to the classroom. Most hold Masters or PhDs in Education and have, on average, 15+ years teaching experience.
With smaller class sizes, our students benefit from a highly individualised teaching approach, where each teacher has a firm knowledge of his or her student’s strengths and challenges. Our teachers have the support and resources they need to personalise their teaching to ensure that each student achieves their personal best.
MEET OUR TEACHERS
Headteacher of LEH Foshan
Mrs Jane Arden
Mrs Jane Arden is the Headteacher of LEH International School Foshan. She studied at both Liverpool, John Moores University and Liverpool University where she was awarded a BA (hons)in History, and a PGCE. Prior to this role, she was the Deputy Principal of Chengdu Westminster founding team, as well Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of English. Before that, Jane spent four year as Head of Academics and English at Wellington College International. With over 20 years in education, she has led schools to achieve outstanding IGCSE and A level results. Jane Arden has also worked as Assistant Principal examiner for AQA English language. Training and mentoring teachers is key for Jane in creating schools fit for the 21st century.
Head of Prep School
Ms Mandy Bateman
Ms Bateman has 30 years of experience as an educator and leader in both British and international schools in the UK, Portugal, and Egypt. Her journey in education has been wide-ranging. In 2009 she established herself as a leader when she became a founding Headteacher of an independent school in the UK. In her last position, Ms Bateman worked as a Headteacher of Early years foundation stage (EYFS) and Primary 6 form entry school at a well-regarded British International School in Cairo, Egypt. Ms Bateman holds a BA in Education from Staffordshire University, a PGCE from Edge Hill University and a MA SEN Education from Cambridge UK.
My Philosophy on teaching and learning is to aim to make learning exciting, fun, and motivating for all – as well as enhance teachers’ enthusiasm and passion for teaching. I like students to see learning as holistic and interwoven, which leads toward mastery and a deeper understanding of the world around them.
I encourage students to be exactly who they are, whatever their current interests or future aspirations. They will benefit from the warmth, respect, and support of the curriculum as they stretch themselves to become their best, most confident selves.
I like students to have the freedom to experiment, express opinions, explore and take on new challenges. To be supported by strong role models and be inspired by their peers. To find the confidence and be able to acquire and build the skills they need to succeed throughout their lives.
Pursuing Excellence. In addition to achieving academic success, I encourage pupils to commit to finding a deeper level of purpose that transforms into success. I aim to instil in each pupil the belief that they can achieve anything.
- Prep School
- CREATIVE ARTS
- SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
- PE, SPORT & ACTIVITIES
- Mr Connor Lewis, Prep Teacher
- Mr Alexander Tennant, Prep Teacher
- Mr Robert Jones, Prep Teacher
- Ms Jennifer Clarke, Prep Teacher
- Mr Rowan Corr, Prep Teacher
- Mr Gary Lodge, Prep Teacher
- Ms Poppy Wilkinson, Prep Teacher
- Mr James Smale, Head of Prep Music
- Ms Sameen Johnson, Prep Art Consultant
Mr Connor Lewis
Mr Connor Lewis joins LEH Foshan as a multi-talented Prep Teacher and works with Ms Bateman, Head of Prep School and our Prep School team to deliver high-quality teaching to our young students. He is an experienced classroom teacher with 5 years of teaching in international primary schools in Beijing China.
Mr Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Linguistic from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Master of Education in Advancing Teaching from People’s University. His language studies have proven invaluable in China for helping children to develop their second language skills and in developing his Chinese language skills (HSK 5).
I am what I expect from children, and therefore have the mindset of a learner, am open to try new things and question my methods in order to progress. I am passionate about what I want to do, and reflective on what I have done, to ensure that I am the example that children need. In education, it is important that children are given the chance to be creative and free, and I respect their interests and needs by creating a safe and stimulating learning environment which allows for this.
Teaching is an honour and a privilege, and as such I make sure I put everything into giving children the skills they need to thrive in their future world. Technology, communication and collaboration are at the heart of all my lessons, alongside my four ‘s’ values for being a key member of our school community and successful world citizen: be Safe, be Smart, be Sensitive and be Sustainable.
Mr Alexander Tennant
Mr Tennant joins the LEH Foshan Prep School team and works as a Year 6 teacher. In his teaching career of nearly 10 years in both UK and China, Mr Tennant has gained a diverse range of teaching skills from teaching adults and children Wing Chun for a worldwide Martial Arts Organisation to working as an ELL teacher. He has rich experience in building and maintaining excellent student relationships.
Mr Tennant has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemical Science from the University of the West of England and completed a PGCE qualification.
For me, the purpose of education is to broaden a student and teachers’ horizons, especially in the younger years. Teaching different subjects with changing themes and updated curriculum is a wonderful thing to be able to share with others and improve my own perception of the world we live in. I feel that students learn best by example. Some of the most interesting lessons for me are student led with independent or team-based research happening as we progress through a topic. The most important aspects of teaching to me are teamwork and a positive attitude towards learning.
Mr Robert Jones
Mr Jones joins the LEH Foshan Prep School team as a Prep School teacher with nearly 10 years of experience as an ESL teacher and homeroom teacher in China. Mr Jones has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. He enjoys working with young students aged 6 to 12. Not only is he a well-experienced teacher, but also a capable school governor. In his last position, he was vice principal and was responsible for the supervision of foreign teachers’ performance and communication with Chinese management.
I am a strong believer in making lessons engaging, interactive and fun as this goes a long way in capturing students’ attention and aiding in their overall learning. I love implementing a student-centered approach in class, as I think it’s a fantastic way to allow each student to become the master of their own learning. This approach to education gives me some great feedback on their progression while learning a little something myself.
Ms Jennifer Clarke
Ms Clarke joins the LEH Foshan Prep School as the Year 3 teacher, bringing with her a wealth of teaching experience and expertise. Over the past 5 years, she has honed her skills in delivering the British National Curriculum, specifically in Key Stage 2 (KS2), both in the United Kingdom and in Egypt.
Ms Clarke graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a PGCE in Primary Education (5-11 years). This rigorous programme has equipped her with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a high-quality education to her young students, ensuring that they receive the best possible foundation for their future academic and personal pursuits.
Working with children makes teaching the most rewarding and enjoyable job in the world. I promise to deliver an exciting and engaging curriculum, which leaves children intrigued and desiring to know more. I am a hard-working, passionate teacher who ensures the academic, social and emotional needs of all children are a priority within the school environment. I will challenge, support and encourage children to develop holistically within my classroom whilst providing a safe learning environment where children feel happy and valued. I have high expectations for all children that I teach and will give them the confidence and resilience to challenge themselves in everything they do.
Mr Corr joins LEH Foshan Prep School as an experienced and passionate Year 6 teacher. Throughout his career in education, he has taught in English schools and has a background in teaching English to Chinese students both in China and online. Mr Corr brings a diverse range of teaching experiences, particularly in conversation. Before joining LEH Foshan, he excelled in teaching and planning engaging lessons for young students at a junior school in Ireland, aligning them with the National curriculum standards. Holding a PGCE with QTS from Leeds Beckett University and a First-Class Honours Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Environmental Management from Northumbria University, Mr Corr’s expertise and dedication will undoubtedly contribute to the success of our students.
Mr Gary Lodge
Mr Lodge, who is a dedicated and experienced Prep School Teacher, brings his passion for education and 10+ years of teaching expertise to LEH Foshan. Previously a Homeroom Teacher and Supervisor in Foshan, he created nurturing environments and delivered exceptional instruction. He guided students to achieve Trinity College London Drama Certificates and developed engaging resources for home learning, enhancing vocabulary, reading, and phonics skills. With a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Sheffield and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Durham University, Mr Lodge offers a unique combination of knowledge. As a qualified English as a Foreign Language teacher, he is devoted to fostering a love for language in his students; Mr Lodge's exceptional teaching skills and ability to develop a high-quality curriculum will contribute to maintaining a high standard of education at LEH Foshan.
Ms Poppy Wilkinson
Ms Wilkinson joins LEH Foshan Prep School in August 2023 as the new Year 2 Prep Teacher. Ms Wilkinson is an enthusiastic and reflective early career teacher with nearly 10 years' experience in education in the UK. Holding a bachelor's degree in Primary Physical Education and Sports Coaching as well as a PGCE Primary Certificate from Leeds Trinity University. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her role. With a passion for teaching young learners and experience in this area, she is knowledgeable in fostering the learning of children from diverse backgrounds and abilities. Her expertise, positive relationships, and dedication will make her an asset to LEH Foshan Prep School.
Head of Prep Music
Mr James Smale
Mr Smale, an experienced and dedicated music teacher from the UK, joins LEH Foshan as the Head of Prep Music. With 20 years of teaching experience, he strongly believes in providing first-class, research-informed music education for all students. Mr Smale's passion lies in co-curricular music, directing choirs, orchestras, rock bands, and percussion ensembles. As a music examiner for Trinity College London since 2005, he has assessed students in over 25 countries, gaining experience in cultural diversity. He has also contributed as a consultant for Trinity's Percussion syllabus. Mr Smale is a Kodály practitioner and his expertise and commitment will nurture students' musical talents and inspire a love of music at LEH Foshan.
Prep Art Consultant
Ms Sameen Johnson
Ms Johnson joins LEH Foshan and work as an Art Consultant within the Prep School, bringing over 25 years of teaching experience from diverse countries like Pakistan, Switzerland, Egypt, UAE, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and China. Previously a Class Teacher at a renowned British School in China, she successfully created an engaging classroom atmosphere that fosters student success through feedback and growth. Her true passion lies in igniting young minds with the benefits of art, nurturing curiosity, and fostering enthusiasm. Ms Johnson holds a Diploma in Textile Design and Technology from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and a TEFL qualification from the University of Portsmouth with expertise in English language proficiency and special educational needs. Her expertise, skills and experience will contribute to inspiring a love for art among our Prep students at LEH Foshan.
- Mrs Jenny Nelson, Head of Learning Support
- Ms Mary Stevens , English Teacher & Deputy Head of Sixth Form
- Mr David Richards, Second in English Department and House Parent
- Ms Nicole Homer, English Teacher
- Ms Abigail Forrest, ELA Teacher & House Parent
- Ms Wenjing Qiu, Head of Modern Foreign Languages
- Ms Sheryl Wang ,Teacher of Chinese
- Ms Merlin Xu, Teacher of Chinese
- Ms Tina Zhou, Head of Mandarin - Prep & Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Mr Antonio Lechado, Teacher of Spanish
Head of Learning Support
Mrs Jenny Nelson
Mrs Nelson joins LEH Foshan as the new Head of Learning Support, bringing over 15 years of diverse education experience from the UK, South Africa, South Korea, China, Peru, and UAE. Proficient in teaching English to native and non-native speakers, she covers levels from Year 1 to A Level and even university. Her dedication to teaching excellence was recognised with the Top Teacher in English award for Grade 12 from the South African Government in Johannesburg when she was teaching in South Africa. Mrs Nelson holds a Master’s Degree in Literary Linguistics from Nottingham University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Language and Linguistics (First-Class Honours) from the University of Ulster. Additionally, she earned a Certificate in TEFL with Distinction from London Teacher Training College.
English Teacher & Deputy Head of Sixth Form
Ms Mary Stevens
Ms Stevens joins LEH Foshan as English Teacher & Deputy Head of Sixth Form. She is a dedicated and successful English literature and language teacher, known for helping students surpass their target grades. Before joining LEH Foshan, she taught English at a renowned British school in China, covering CIE A Level literature, IGCSE Literature and First Language, IGCSE second language, and IELTS. All her literature and language students achieved A or A* grades in their IGCSEs and A levels over the past two years. In addition to her English teaching expertise, Ms Stevens possesses extensive experience in guiding students through exam preparation and university applications. Ms Stevens holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from University College London and an IPGCE in Teaching from the University of Nottingham.
Second in English Department and House Parent
Mr David Richards
Mr Richards joins LEH Foshan as the Second in English Department and House Parent with a passion for teaching English to learners of all ages. His areas of expertise include English language and literature, EAL, IELTS and university exam preparation and he has over 13 years of experience in teaching English in China, Mongolia and Vietnam. His key responsibilities at LEH Foshan include helping our A Level students to improve their academic English skills and guiding them through the university application process.
Mr Richards holds a BA in Anthropology from Durham University and a MA in Education from the University of Sunderland. He also has the CELTA and IPGCE certifications.
Alongside his role in teaching English, Mr Richards is also one of our House Parents, working with the boarding team to ensure a ‘home away from home’ experience for our boarders.
Ms Nicole Homer
Ms Homer, a highly qualified English Teacher, joins LEH Foshan from the UK with over 10 years of extensive experience in the UK and Bahamas. Holding a BA in English and Religious Education (First Class) from Stirling University, an MA in Renaissance Literature (Distinction) from Queens University Belfast, and an MEd (Distinction) from Birmingham University, she possesses in-depth subject knowledge. Throughout her career, Ms Homer has excelled in various roles to enrich her students’ language learning experience, including phonics training, Personal Development classes, rota and intervention teaching, supporting extracurricular programs, organising trips and events, fostering student well-being, encouraging student voice, fundraising for charities, and completing Mind Space training.
ELA Teacher & House Parent
Ms Abigail Forrest
Ms Forrest joins LEH Foshan as an ELA Teacher & House Parent. With a Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the University of Liverpool, Abigail’s passion for language education led her to embark on a teaching career in China. Prior to joining our school, she gained valuable teaching experience as an Oral English Teacher at a high school in China. As an English teacher, she is highly motivated and well-organised, excelling in cultivating students' English skills. With her upper-intermediate Chinese proficiency (HSK 4), Abigail can connect with our students on a deeper level, fostering cultural understanding and language acquisition.
Head of Modern Foreign Language
Ms Wenjing Qiu
Ms Qiu, a highly experienced educator, joins LEH Foshan as the Head of Modern Foreign Language. With over 15 years of teaching Chinese in international schools in Malaysia and Beijing, she brings a wealth of expertise to her role and has successfully taught Chinese to students ranging from Year 1 to A Level. Her leadership experience includes managing the department, overseeing curriculum matters, guiding teachers' professional development, setting strategic direction, conducting annual curriculum reviews, and nurturing internal and external relationships. Prior to joining LEH Foshan, she held the position of Head of the Mandarin Department at a renowned British school in Beijing. Ms Qiu's educational background includes a BA in English Literature from Geo-Science University of China and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from The University of Nottingham.
Teacher of Chinese
Ms Sheryl Wang
Ms Wang joins LEH Foshan as a Teacher of Chinese. With 17 years of teaching experience in various schools and an NGO in Hong Kong, Zhejiang, and Guangdong, she brings a wealth of expertise to her role. Ms Wang's career has been diverse, including 9 years of experience in drafting and designing customised curricula based on specific school and student needs, alongside holding middle management positions in education. During her tenure in Hong Kong, Ms Wang served as the Foundation President of a local language learning NGO for 5 years. She passionately organised workshops and international Chinese teaching seminars, providing a platform for Chinese and Mandarin teachers to enhance their professional development. Ms Wang holds a Master's Degree in Chinese Language and Literature from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, along with a PGDE in Chinese and Putonghua (Mandarin) Teaching from Hong Kong Open University.
Teacher of Chinese
Ms Merlin Xu
Ms Xu brings her expertise as a Teacher of Chinese to LEH Foshan, boasting nearly 10 years of experience teaching Mandarin Chinese to international students. Her teaching journey has taken her to diverse locations, including Cambodia, Chile, and Indonesia. Prior to joining LEH Foshan, she contributed her teaching talents to an international school in Suzhou, China. Ms Xu excels in delivering high-quality and effective Chinese classes, skillfully planning and implementing curricula tailored to students' needs. Beyond the classroom, she actively supports school-wide activities, including Chinese New Year celebrations and cultural extracurricular events. Ms Xu’s academic qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Chinese International Education from Jinan University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Gannan Normal University. Additionally, she holds a Teacher Qualification Certificate.
Head of Mandarin - Prep & Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ms Tina Zhou
Ms Tina Zhou joins LEH Foshan as Head of Mandarin - Prep & Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead with a MA degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Sun Yat-sen University. She is an experienced Chinese teacher with 8 years of teaching in universities and international schools, home and abroad. Ms Zhou has taught Chinese Language and Literature to primary students with IB curriculum and taught Chinese as a second language to students from introductory to advanced proficiencies. From her experiences, she has further developed professional skills to design teaching plans based on the syllabus and to conduct engaging classroom instructions customised to learners' age, fluency, background and the length of study.
Teacher of Spanish
Mr Antonio Lechado
Mr Lechado joins LEH Foshan as the Teacher of Spanish, bringing to our school over 8 years of language teaching experience in Spain and China. Before joining LEH Foshan, he was teaching Spanish from A1 to B2 (CEFR) as a lecturer at a college and a teacher in different academies in China for 6 years.
Mr Lechado holds a bachelor's degree in English Studies from the University of Córdoba and a PGCE and Master's degree in Spanish as a Foreign Language Teaching from the University of Sevilla. He also attained the Certificate in Official Examiner for DELE examinations B1/B2 and an International Teaching Expert in IB Diploma in recent years.
- MRS DEBORAH KIRK, Head of Mathematics Faculty and Head of Sixth Form
- Ms NICOLA PRITCHARD, Second in Mathematics Department
- Mr Andrew Chalmers, Teacher of Mathematics
- Mr Andrew Munim, Teacher of Mathematics
Head of Mathematics Faculty and Head of Sixth Form
Mrs Deborah Kirk
Mrs Deborah Kirk joined LEH Foshan as the Founding Head of Mathematics Faculty and Head of Sixth Form. She graduated from the University of Exeter with a Mathematics degree and since then, Mrs Kirk has taught Maths for over 30 years around the world in top international schools, including Bogota (Colombia), Barcelona, Dubai and Bangkok. Before joining LEH Foshan she was teaching in the UK where she was not only teaching Maths, but also enjoyed the role of Sixth Form Tutor supporting pre-university preparation as well as an A-Level Examiner.
Mrs Kirk is passionate about mathematics and believes mathematics is beautiful. Mrs Kirk says that it is her goal to instil the love of mathematics at LEH Foshan - Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding.
“At LEH Foshan I have found that the students have amazing ideas and perspectives. It’s fascinating to hear how they approach problems and explain concepts in their own words. I love the creative ideas that they come up with and the connections made to other areas in the curriculum. I love to teach, but I also love to learn—and teaching at LEH Foshan offers lots of opportunities for learning. Whether it’s researching a topic related to student interests or questions or exploring new ideas for how to teach something to students from different cultures, I get to explore new ideas a lot.”
Second in Mathematics Department
Ms Nicola Pritchard
Miss Nicola Pritchard is the Second in Mathematics Department at LEH Foshan. Before, she worked at an outstanding school linked to University of Warwick, ranked 4th in the UK for Mathematics. With her focus on innovation in learning, she joined the UK Department of Education's 'Accelerate' programme, designed for talented young teachers. She has a range of interests outside of the classroom including Forensic Science, reading and spending time outdoors in nature, she is excited to be fully involved with the growing LEH community.
“Teaching at LEH Foshan is such a rewarding experience, the students wish to be challenged and willingness to apply themselves to difficult problems brings joy, discussion and progress in every part of the student’s ability in mathematics but also as young people discovering the links between the classroom and the outside world.”
Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Andrew Chalmers
Mr Chalmers, a highly experienced educator with over 24 years of teaching expertise, joins LEH Foshan as Teacher of Mathematics. Previously, he held the position of Senior School Mathematics teacher at a renowned British School in Milan, Italy, teaching students from Years 7 to 13. Fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, French, and Catalan, Mr Chalmers' diverse linguistic skills enrich his teaching. With prior experience teaching English as a secondary language in Spain, he is well-equipped to help students master the language of Mathematics. Mr Chalmers holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, Mathematics and ICT from Valencia International University.
Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Andrew Munim
Mr Munim, an experienced and fully qualified Mathematics Teacher, joins LEH Foshan from the UK and serve as Teacher of Mathematics. With 25 years of teaching experience, primarily in London, he will bring a wealth of expertise to his role. Throughout his career, Mr Munim has excelled in various roles, including Teacher, Form Tutor, Deputy Head of Maths, Maths Coordinator, Pastoral Team member, Examinations Officer, and Head of Houses in the UK, Bahrain, and China. This diverse experience has shaped his teaching approach and understanding of the educational landscape. Mr Munim holds a PGCE in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautical Engineering, both from the University of London, showcasing his strong academic background.
- MR DAVID HOBOURN, Director of Music
- MS HELEN HAYWARD, Head of Art, Design and Computer Science Faculty
- Mr Nestor Benavides, Head of Design & Technology
- Ms Denise Davy, Head of Computer Science
Director of Music
Mr David Hobourn
Mr David Hobourn joins LEH Foshan as Director of Music with over twenty years’ experience in music education and performance. He is a Graduate of Trinity College of Music as well as Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He has worked in schools in the UK, France, and Thailand, having started his career as a cathedral organist in Canterbury and Bristol, UK. As an organ soloist and choral director, Mr Hobourn has performed in many countries around the world. He has been on the music examining panel of Trinity College London since 1999, and has also worked as an adjudicator, including twice at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival.
Mr Hobourn loves the outdoor life and keeping fit, whether running, walking, or climbing mountains. As a teenager, he was an All-England Athletics Champion.
I have been truly amazed at the depth of musical talent that exists amongst the students. Music is developing rapidly here at LEH Foshan, and I look forward to many more beautiful musical moments. For me, it is a real joy working at the school, and forming the foundation of an exciting musical future for students here.”
Head of Art, Design and Computer Science Faculty
Ms Helen Hayward
Ms Helen Hayward is the Head of Art, Design and Computer Science Faculty. She graduated from Chelsea School of Art with a Fine Art honours degree and later from the University of the Arts London, Camberwell with a Master of Arts in Visual Arts: Printmaking, with Distinction.
Ms Hayward has been teaching Fine Art for 20 years in secondary schools and colleges and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Westminster. She is a practising fine artist and exhibits her work internationally. Previous to her teaching career she worked as an Art Psychotherapist for the National Health Service.
”I really enjoy working with the students at LEH Foshan, because they are so motivated and passionate about art, it is a joy to teach them, and I love our art department, our facilities are fantastic.“
Head of Design & Technology
Mr Nestor Benavides
Mr Benavides joins LEH Foshan as Head of Design & Technology with over 5 years of teaching experience in Colombia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. In his last position, he worked as a Secondary Design Technology Teacher in a British international school in Qatar. In his classroom, he is dedicated to devising problem-based learning schemes to ensure students acquire not only disciplinary knowledge and skills but also essential social awareness and leadership skills in the 21st century. Mr Benavides holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Design Technology from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional.
Head of Computer Science
Ms Denise Davy
Ms Davy, a skilled Computer Science teacher, joins LEH Foshan as the Head of Computer Science with nearly 10 years of teaching experience in the UK and Garbon, where she had supported a diverse mix of students with varying cultural backgrounds and support needs. Ms Davy's commitment to excellence is evident in her recent exam pass rate of 100% for Computer Science. In her previous positions, she taught ICT from Years 4 to 9 and IGCSE and A Level Computer Science. Additionally, she has extensive experience supporting and coaching ESL students, fostering their success in Computer Science. Ms Davy also has experience in collaborating with the Primary team to develop ICT, ensuring Computing is seamlessly integrated throughout the school. Ms Davy’s qualifications include a QTS in Secondary - ICT and Computer Science from Bromley Schools Collegiate, as well as a BSc Joint Honours Degree in Business Information Technology and Multimedia from London Guildhall University.
- DR MARTIN KIRK, Head of Science Faculty & Head of Academics
- Mr Paul Wilton, Head of Biology
- Ms Diana Mustaeva, Head of Physics
Head of Science Faculty & Head of Academics
Dr Martin Kirk
Dr Martin Kirk joins LEH Foshan as the Head of Science Faculty & Head of Academics. Previously Dr Kirk was in the UK teaching IGCSE and A Level Chemistry, and he has also taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics in British international schools around the world including in Thailand, Dubai and Spain.
Dr Kirk has coached rugby and cricket sports teams and led students through the Duke of Edinburgh Award. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, both from the University of Leeds.
“It has been a pleasure to teach Science to all the age groups at LEH Foshan. The students have proved to be interested and interesting, curious and committed, and I look forward to helping them develop a passion for this fabulous subject, exploring some of the many facets of science that permeate throughout our lives.
Head of Biology
Mr Paul Wilton
Mr Wilton, a highly experienced and dedicated educator with nearly 20 years of experience in both South Africa and China joins LEH Foshan as the Head of Biology. His specialisation lies in teaching IGCSE and A Level Biology. Throughout his career, Mr Wilton has held various key positions in various international schools, including Head of Science, Senior Head of Biology, and Director of Teaching and Learning, showcasing his teaching and leadership abilities and commitment to excellence. Mr Wilton holds a Master's Degree in Education from the University of the Kwazulu-Natal and a Bachelor’s (Hons) degree in Marine Biology from the University of the Western Cape.
Head of Physics
Ms Diana Mustaeva
Ms Mustaeva joins LEH Foshan as Head of Physics with over 5 years’ experience as a dedicated physics teacher teaching in local and international secondary schools in Russia and China. In her previous position in China, she taught IGCSE, AS and A Level Physics as well as organised interesting hands-on physics activities resulting in a huge increase in students’ engagement.
Ms Mustaeva holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from Moscow State University and has a PGCE qualification from the University of Sunderland.
- Mr Craig Johnson, Head of Humanities
- Mr Steven Banks, Head of Geography, Head of Boarding & Pastoral Care
- Mr David Noronha, Head of History
- Ms Annabelle Ibeodo, Head of Economics & Business Studies
- Mr Gareth Nelson, Learning Consultant of Business & Economics
Head of Humanities
Mr Craig Johnson
Mr Johnson joins LEH Foshan as Head of Humanities, bringing nearly 25 years of teaching experience and a wealth of international school experience from the Middle East and Asia. Throughout his career in education, he has led a team of teachers in Geography, History, and Global Perspectives and ensured successful student outcomes at various levels. As a learning facilitator, Mr Johnson successfully fosters a dynamic environment based on high expectations, responsibility, and mutual respect. Before joining LEH Foshan, he was the Head of Humanities at a renowned British school in China, leading subject specialists and non-specialists alike with an emphasis on teamwork, support, and professional development. Mr Johnson holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status in Physical Education and Geography from the University of Brighton.
Head of Geography, Head of Boarding & Pastoral Care
Mr Steven Banks
Mr Steve Banks joins LEH Foshan as Head of Geography with over 22 years of experience in a variety of different teaching and school management roles since completing his PGCE in the University of Sheffield. He has taught Geography within the A level and IB programmes to both UK and international students and has led on many field trips to Thailand, Italy, France, Switzerland, Iceland and Nepal. With his contribution, his previous departments have been recognised as outstanding by Ofsted and the Geographical Association.
Mr Banks enjoys delivering stimulating Geography lessons and developing students into ‘natural geographers’ and he looks forward to coordinating the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at LEH Foshan and organising field trips for our students.
Asides from his teaching role, Mr Banks is also our Head of Boarding and works with the boarding team to safeguard and support the development of the Boarding programme at LEH Foshan.
Head of History
Mr David Noronha
Mr Noronha joins LEH Foshan as Head of History with nearly 10 years of teaching experience in the UK and China. His teaching roles vary from being a history teacher to a primary homeroom teacher and to a coach of a school’s football team, which makes him a dedicated teaching practitioner with valuable insights and experience across multiple subjects and grade levels.
Mr Noronha graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BA in History degree and pursued his MA in Conflict Studies at the University of Leeds. He also holds a PGCE (QTS) from the University of Leicester.
Head of Economics & Business Studies
Ms Annabelle Ibeodo
Ms Ibeodo joins LEH Foshan as Head of Economics & Business Studies from the UK with 5 years' experience in teaching Economics and Business subjects. She also has experience as a tutor and offers students revision and exam practice support, guiding A Level Business students to achieve outstanding scores in their exams. Ms Ibeodo holds a BA Hons Business Management with Law from the University of Derby and a PGCE from the University of Greenwich.
Learning Consultant of Business & Economics
Mr Gareth Nelson
Mr Nelson, an experienced educator with 10 years of teaching and over 8 years in the industry, joining LEH Foshan as Learning Consultant of Business & Economics. His diverse background includes working as a Business Studies Teacher, Subject Head, and Head of Humanities in schools across the UK, South Africa, South Korea, China, Peru, and UAE. Additionally, he served as a Lecturer in Supply Chain Management at Arden University in the UK. Mr Nelson's teaching expertise extends to IGCSE and A Level Business Studies, Economics, History, and Psychology. His academic qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Military History from Wolverhampton University and a PGCE in Business Analysis and Consulting from Ulster University.
- Mr Lee Jones, Head of Physical Education, Sport & Activities Faculty & Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Ms Sophie Smith, Head of Prep PE
Head of Physical Education, Sport & Activities Faculty & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr Lee Jones
Mr Lee Jones is our Head of Physical Education, Sport & Activities Faculty & Designated Safeguarding Lead. He was leading PE and Sports in a British school in India and prior to this, he held senior positions in schools in Mongolia, Kenya and in the UK. Mr Jones enjoys outdoor sports and activities including hiking, kayaking and rock climbing. He is an avid Rugby player and trained with the Mongolian National Rugby Team. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, and was awarded his MSc Mental Health & Well-Being in Education with distinction.
Head of Prep PE
Ms Sophie Smith
Ms Smith, an enthusiastic and passionate educator, joins LEH Foshan as the Head of Prep PE. With experience in local UK schools and an international school in Russia, she will bring a diverse perspective to our school. Over five years of teaching, Ms Smith conducted Physical Education lessons for Key Stages 2, 3, 4, and 5. In recent years, she successfully taught IGCSE and A Level Physical Education to a varied class, including EAL and Gifted and Talented students. Her enthusiasm, passion, and reliability create positive learning experiences where all students can strive for success. Ms Smith holds a PGCE with QTS from Liverpool John Moores University and a BA (Hons) degree in Physical Education & School Sport from Edge Hill University.