Teaching & Learning Team

The Teaching and Learning Team (TLT) comprise of two Lead Practitioners and three Advanced Lead Teachers and work alongside the Assistant Headteacher in charge of Teaching and Learning to support all staff in raising academic standards  both within the classroom and beyond.

The TLT meet regularly to plan inset sessions and discuss new initiatives, conduct learning walks to spot good practice and ensure it is shared across the staff body and develop bespoke programmes to aid teachers with their pedagogy.

They often work alongside colleagues in the Professional Learning Area (PLA), assisting with effective lesson planning and developing best practice with the assessment of student work.

A very strong coaching culture exists in the school and the Teaching and Learning Team lead the way in this aspect of school life, using the latest technology including SWIVL to encourage reflection, discussion and improved practice.

One of the Lead Practitioners leads a reading group which meets regularly to discuss latest cutting edge practice and each half term a teaching and learning newsletter is published, highlighting pedagogical news from within and beyond the school.

Meet the Team

Mr. Searle

Assistant Headteacher

Graeme has worked in several schools around London starting his career as a teacher of PE and Geography in a large mixed comprehensive school where he was promoted to the position of House Manager – responsible for the academic and pastoral welfare of 300 children.  He then moved to become the Director of Sport at a large multi-academy trust containing seven schools where he oversaw physical education and sport from Key Stages 2-5, before moving to Bushey Meads School as an Assistant Headteacher in charge of Teaching and Learning and Staff Development.

Ms. Bowe

Lead Practitioner: English & Whole School Literacy

Danielle has over two decades of experience of successfully teaching English at KS3, 4 and 5 in two inner London comprehensives. She has genuine passion for teaching and being in the classroom and her enhanced role of Lead Practitioner within the Bushey St James Trust allows her to do that, along with whole school development with the literacy strand. She has worked with other local schools and disseminates good practice, sharing and developing resources – currently taking a leading role in the development and implementation of the new GCSE changes in the English curriculum through the creation of resources and schemes of learning as well as support and training of staff. 

Ms. Pattni

Advanced Lead Teacher

Niralee is in her fifth year of teaching and since joining BMS as an NQT, she has most recently been appointed to Advanced Lead Teacher and Head of Elm house. She teaches Design & Technology across KS3, 4 and 5 in a range of disciplines, including resistant materials, food and nutrition and specialises in textiles. During her time at Bushey Meads, Niralee has fulfilled the role of KS3 leader for D&T, working with the faculty to ensure positive and meaningful learning opportunities and experiences throughout Year 7-9. She has also worked as Second in Faculty and is currently working as part of the Teaching and Learning team to help deliver staff training across the school. She has previously presented ideas and strategies at BMS inset days and also to NQT’s across the Herts & Bucks consortium, on topics such as stretch and challenge and marking and feedback. She is passionate about D&T and believes that students can foster the same enthusiasm when they are presented with exciting opportunities.

Mr. Symeou

Advanced Lead Teacher

Andrew started his teaching career at Bushey Meads as an NQT in PE and Science in 2016. He has since gone on to a Head of House role and more recently joined the Teaching and Learning team as an ‘Advanced Lead Teacher’. Andrew has a real passion for teaching both practical and classroom based lessons with experience of delivering PE and Science in KS3, 4 and 5. Andrew has a particular interest in educational research which informs his teaching methods. In his role as an Advanced Lead Teacher, Andrew regularly shares his ideas and methods with teachers across the school.

Ms. Hoskins

Advanced Lead Teacher

Kate has over twenty years experience teaching in several schools in Hertfordshire. She started her career as an Art teacher and now teaches four subjects up to A-Level: Art, Graphics, Photography and Media. When Kate joined Bushey Meads she was promoted to Deputy Head of Sixth Form, a post she held for over ten years. During this time she led a team of tutors, and was responsible for the academic and pastoral well being of the sixth form students. Kate is a passionate Art teacher and believes that every student should be given the ability to express themselves and be guided. She encourages students and other staff members to achieve their best standard without fear of failure as it can lead to self discovery and personal well-being.


Ms. Davey

Advanced Lead Teacher

Sarah has six years of teaching experience, and began her career at a mixed comprehensive in Essex. In her NQT year she was nominated for an Essex Teaching Award for ‘New Teacher of the Year’, and won a ‘Team of the Year’ Award working as part of the Science Department. She gained promotion to STEM Co-ordinator and took on responsibility for the extra-curricular programme of events. In September 2018, Sarah joined Bushey Meads School as Advanced Lead Teacher for Science and is leading staff development strands focused on differentiation and retrieval practice.