Senco – Deb Bastow
Education: BA(hons) Education Studies
I have been working in education for about 20 years after leaving a career in IT to have my family. I have worked across all key stages from a nursery through to Post 16. During my career I have worked extensively with students with special educational needs and those with challenging behaviours. I am passionate about seeing every child succeed and achieve their goals. During my spare time I like to be creative and make jewellery and enjoy textile work something that I like to share with the young people I work with.
Chris Jakeman- Teaching Assistant
I am the school first-aider. I also work closely with the Pastoral team. I have worked in SEN, Behaviour and Pastoral for many years. When any student needs support, academic or personal, I will do my utmost to give them any help they need.
Elaine Neeld - Attendance Officer
I have worked as the Attendance Advisor at South and City College, Bournville Campus for the last 15 years, the last 3 years at South and City Academy. My job as the Attendance Advisor involves multiple responsibilities, including monitoring school attendance data and working with individual students and their families, supporting and guiding them to help raise their child’s attendance. I feel incredibly lucky to work with an amazing team of staff and positive families who want the best for their child.
Mandy Woodward – Maths
I am a teacher/lecturer at the Bournville College Academy specialising in mathematics. My relevant qualifications include English Level 2, Maths Level 3, a Level 5 Teaching Diploma and QTLS. I currently teach GCSE maths to year 10 and 11 students and have been teaching for almost 4 years. I began teaching maths and English part-time to adult learners in the community, moving into the college to teach maths full-time to learners who were re-sitting their maths, post 16 years. Progressing into the Academy gave me the opportunity to share my knowledge with younger learners, helping them to develop their own comprehension and cognition, progressing them into further education.
Martin Lonergan – Interim Head
I have been a senior leader in education in schools and colleges in both the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland for the last 25 years. My key qualifications are a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management, Bachelor of Business Studies and a PGCE (hons). I believe every learner counts equally am keen for all to improve incrementally via quality teaching and learning. I have a keen interest in exploring learning technologies to aid deeper teaching and learning. Finally, staff and student wellbeing are always my number one priority in all educational organisations I have led.
Mrs Chioma Kpogho -Lecturer of Science
My qualifications are a Bachelor’s degree in Optics Technology (Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria) and Post Graduate Certificate in Education -Physics (University of Warwick). Prior to working at the academy I have worked at Harborne Academy and Aston University Engineering Academy. I enjoy light bulb moments and love to see students get better at explaining scientific concepts in their own words. I have an interest in how technology can improve teaching and learning.
Raj Sandhar – Pastoral Mentor
A relatable, positive and determined individual, Mr Sandhar has effectively educated an array of ages for a decade. Through his experiences of being a teaching assistant, one-to-one support, mentor, teacher and business planner, he brings a unique skillset to help engage the students effectively within the academy. Having previously attended a grammar school and currently nearing the completion of a degree in youth, community, and families, Mr Sandhar credits this as being fundamental in helping to fulfil his goal of making a positive difference to society. A strong believer in practising ‘Nishkam Seva’ - otherwise known selfless service according to his faith, Mr Sandhar feels education with a person-centred approach enables learners to flourish, especially when they have positive role-models. An ethical vegan and an avid sports enthusiast, he continues to inspire young people of today through his talks on morality.
Gurdas Singh – Pastoral support
I completed my BTEC National Diploma in Care. I have worked in the community for over 9 years supporting vulnerable people. Previous to this role I supported Young Carers and supported schools to identify Young Carers.
Titus Dawo – English teacher
A Specialist Teacher in English and Media Studies with a vast amount of experience of teaching learners of all abilities at KS3 and KS4 level. I use innovative and creative approaches in teaching exam practice and preparation skills for both the English Language and English Literature (GCSE AQA) exam. Consider myself to be an easy going and confident teacher, with a passion for Aston Villa FC.
Tahmina Begum – geography teacher
I am a Geography teacher at Bournville College Academy. I am also an art specialist.
My relevant qualifications are English & Maths above C grade. I have geography qualification and finally a PGCE PCET in creative arts, media and performances.
From a young age, I always aspired to be a teacher, teaching young minds to be the best they can be for their future. I trained in a secondary school and have been working in a secondary sector for 2 years. Working for the Academy has given me an opportunity to share knowledge on both geography and art, as I combined the two for an active learning environment, which I feel is works best for me and my pupils. The subject allows pupils in the pre-16 sector, to enhance their choices when they gradually achieve and build a career pathway throughout their time in education, whilst learning about the environment and economy.