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 25 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.
- Prep School
- CREATIVE ARTS
- SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
- PE, SPORT & ACTIVITIES
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 kindergartens and 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).
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.
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.
- Mrs Kathryn Chapman, HEAD OF ENGLISH & LANGUAGES FACULTY
- Mr David Richards, Second in English Department and House Parent
- Mrs Carolyn Jones, Head of Learning Support & English Language Specialist Teacher & House Mistress
- MR HUA YAN, HEAD OF CHINESE
- Dr Chengming Xie, CHINESE LANGUAGE SPECIALIST
- Ms Tina Zhou, Chinese Teacher
- Ms Sara Saavedra, Head of Spanish and Head of Academics
Head of English and Head of Language Faculty
Mrs Kathryn Chapman
Mrs Kathryn Chapman is our Head of English and Head of Language Faculty, specialising in Literature. She has taught in London and Lincolnshire in a wide variety of different types of school, most recently selective. She has also been a Subject Leader in Drama, introducing it as a subject as well as running the school's theatre company and their ambitious productions, and loves bringing drama skills into English learning. She has also worked as a Sixth Form tutor, supporting pupils into their preferred universities.
“Instilling a culture of reading for pleasure amongst students through peer-to-peer reading programmes is one of the proudest things I've done. I have also led extra-curricular clubs in creative writing, film, drama and debating, and can’t wait to see how imaginative our LEH students are going to be!”
Second in English Department and House Parent
Mr David Richards
Mr Richards joins LEH Foshan as the Second in English Department 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.
Head of Learning Support & English Language Specialist Teacher & House Mistress
Mrs Carolyn Jones
Mrs Carolyn Jones is our Head of Learning Support, English Language Specialist Teacher and House Mistress. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature as well as a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Previously, she held positions in international schools as House Mistress, Head of Gifted and Talented Programme as well as teaching English Language.
Head of Chinese
Mr Hua Yan
A native of Hubei, with a first-class degree from Hubei University, Mr Yan joins LEH Foshan as Head of Chinese. Mr Yan has lived in England for the past 20 years and is excited to be home to teach at LEH. Previously Mr Yan was Head of Chinese at Oundle and Wycombe Abbey, two of the most prestigious private schools in England. He was among the first Chinese nationals to obtain qualified teacher status in England and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with research focused on student autonomy. Well known within the Mandarin teaching community in the UK, he has authored textbooks and run training courses for teachers. Under his leadership Oundle School was granted the status of Confucius Classroom by Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International.
"I believe that languages cannot be taught, they can only be learnt. My job is not to teach but to motivate pupils. I am keen on facilitating Chinese learning through sketches. Beyond the classroom, I have also helped to forge links with local communities and expose pupils to opportunities to understand that helping others bring its own rewards. I will relish the challenge of tackling new ideas in LEH Foshan, as I always do.”
Dr Chengming Xie
Dr Chengming Xie joins LEH Foshan as a Chinese Specialist. She has a PhD in Chinese Linguistics from Peking University and a Mandarin Chinese PGCE with EAL from the Institute of Education, University College London.
Dr Xie taught Chinese language and literature to both native speakers and foreigners in Beijing before she relocated to the UK, where she taught Mandarin to beginners, GCSE students and A Level to Chinese heritage speakers. Dr Xie had led a Chinese language and culture club in Oxford, teaching Chinese characters and classics to both foreign and heritage learners.
“What I enjoy most about teaching at LEH Foshan is that our school is a warm and caring community for all students. Students are given the freedom to embrace their individuality, develop their own interests and discover their potential. In our Chinese class, students are encouraged to think deeply and explore ideas beyond the curriculum and I continually get inspired by the enthusiasm and creativity our students display.”
Ms Tina Zhou
Ms Tina Zhou joins LEH Foshan as a Chinese teacher 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.
Head of Spanish and Head of Academics
Ms Sara Saavedra
Ms Sara Saavedra is our Head of Academics and Head of Spanish. She has been in the teaching and education industry in the UK and Dubai since she attained UK Qualified Teacher Status at the University of East London in 2013. Ms Saavedra is a very experienced teacher of Spanish, and her last post was Head of Spanish and IB Coordinator in a well-regarded British international school in Dubai. She has worked in both IB and British curriculum schools and gained profound insights into IB and A Level programmes from which our students will benefit.
- MRS DEBORAH KIRK, Head of Mathematics Faculty and Head of Sixth Form
- Ms NICOLA PRITCHARD, TEACHER OF MATHEMATICS
- Dr Saif Ur Rahman, 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 is her goal 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 they come up and the connections. 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.”
Teacher of Mathematics
Ms Nicola Pritchard
Miss Nicola Pritchard joins LEH International School Foshan as a Teacher of Mathematics from 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
Dr Saif Ur Rahman
Dr Rahman joins LEH Foshan as Teacher of Mathematics with over 6 years of experience in teaching mathematics at primary, middle and high school levels in different countries including Pakistan, China and the UK. Dr Rahman has a distinguished academic background. He has recently graduated with a PhD in Management Science and Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC). Prior to that, he studied for a master’s degree in Public Management from UESTC, securing a “CGPA of 4/4” and a second master’s degree in International Relations from the University of East London UK, passing with a “Distinction” grade.
- MR STUART SAVILL, HEAD OF DRAMA & CREATIVE ARTS FACULTY
- MR DAVID HOBOURN, Director of Music
- MS HELEN HAYWARD, HEAD OF ART
Head of Drama & Creative Arts Faculty
Mr Stuart Savill
Mr Stuart Savill is the Head of Drama & Creative Arts Faculty. With over 20 years of teaching experience, before coming to China, Mr Savill had most recently been Head of Drama for 11 years in Essex, UK. He has also held positions including Student Council Coordinator, and worked as a Senior Examiner and Senior Moderator for GCSE Drama. Prior to taking up a career in teaching Mr Savill worked within the Performing Arts Industry as a performer/actor and in other related roles.
He has led students to expeditions for Duke of Edinburgh Awards and adventure activity trips such as a month-long stay in Kenya. Away from school Mr Savill enjoys visiting the theatre and watching and participating in all kinds of sport, particularly rugby, for which he has also been a coach and referee. Mr Savill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Theatre Arts with English Literary Studies from the University of Middlesex.
"I am thoroughly enjoying my time here at LEH Foshan. It is fantastic to be involved in the development of such a dynamic school, alongside our incredible, enthusiastic and creative staff, and wonderful happy students."
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
in this year. 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
Ms Helen Hayward
Ms Helen Hayward is the Head of Art. 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 nearly 20 years in secondary schools and colleges. 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.“
- DR MARTIN KIRK, HEAD OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FACULTY
- Mr Neil Cairnie, Head of Biology
- MR PETER FARNSWORTH, HEAD OF design and TECHNOLOGY
- Ms Diana Mustaeva, Head of Physics
Head of Science & Technology Faculty
Mr Martin Kirk
Dr Martin Kirk joins LEH Foshan as the Head of Science & Technology Faculty. 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 Neil Cairnie
Mr Neil Cairnie comes to LEH Foshan as the Head of Biology and brings experience teaching sciences in public and international schools in Canada, Malaysia, and China. He followed his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Master’s in Science in Biology at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. His scientific interests include human origins and evolution, environmental sustainability, the molecular nature of life processes, and forest ecology.
“Teaching at LEHF is a great experience. Working with such qualified and optimistic educators and with access to resources and facilities like this opens up opportunities for teaching and learning. It's exciting to be part of a school with people like this.”
Head of Design and Technology
Mr Peter Farnsworth
Mr Peter Farnsworth joins LEH Foshan after 15 years of teaching of Design and Technology in the UK. He is experienced in teaching all aspects of the subject to GCSE and A Level but specialises in electronics and engineering. During his career Mr Farnsworth has successfully guided student teams to the finals of national competitions.
Outside of the classroom he has led students through the Duke of Edinburgh’s award and has coached successful school Rugby teams.
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 ADAM STENNING, Head of Computer Science & Head of Humanities Faculty
- Mr Steve Banks, Head of Geography and Head of Boarding
- Mr David Noronha, Head of History
- Dr Khair Muhammad, Head of Economics and Business Studies
Head of Physics
Mr Adam Stenning
Mr Adam Stenning is the founding Head of Computer Science and the Head of Humanities Faculty at LEH Foshan. Previously, he has worked as the faculty lead of Technology for over 5 years working internationally and locally in North London with over 10 years teaching experience in total. Mr Stenning has a First-class Hons Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Network Technology. The school will be promoting robotics and hope to win some competitions in the near future.
Head of Geography and Head of Boarding
Mr Steve 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 and Business Studies
Mr Khair Muhammad
Dr Khair Muhammad joins LEH Foshan as Head of Economics and Business Studies with 15 years of experience of teaching IGCSE, A Level, IBDP and AP Economics in British and American international schools in Dubai, Pakistan and China. He is a confident, enthusiastic and hardworking economics teacher who is able to teach students across the secondary spectrum as well as higher age ranges, whilst at the same time encourage them to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence. Dr Muhammad has a PhD in Economics and an International PGCE qualification.
- Head of Physical Education, Sport & Activities Faculty & Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Ms Danielle Morgan, Head of Sport and Activities
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 Sport and Activities
Ms Danielle Morgan
Ms Danielle Morgan is the Head of Sport and Activities. Ms Morgan previously taught Physical Education in Birmingham, UK and has worked as a Head of Year for several years in London.
Ms Morgan has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Dance from the University of Surrey (Roehampton), and a Master of Science in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy from the University of Birmingham. Ms Morgan has taught Dance, Yoga and Fitness in the UK and in Australia.
“It is important to me to inspire students to find joy in movement and to develop physical literacy so that they are encouraged to develop a lifestyle that values ingenuity, being creative and being physically active. One of the great things about working at LEH Foshan is its students; they are positive, enthusiastic and motivated. They take joy in, and embrace opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities and recognise the value they can bring throughout their lives.”
Mrs Ruth Farnsworth Joins LEH Foshan as school librarian. She has had experience in various departments within public libraries before moving to managing the library in a large secondary school in Lancashire for the last ten years. She has developed reading schemes, supported literacy and promoted reading throughout the school with various activities and reading clubs.
“Reading plays an essential part of learning which is also a pleasurable pastime. It is my goal to build a welcoming and relaxing library that can support learning, reading for pleasure and is the central hub of the school.”