Proud of the fact that he has now worked on every continent, apart from Antarctica (!), Mr. Gamble has also taught in Greece, Australia and Spain. He grew up in North London and attended The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree. He then took a degree in Italian and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and trained to teach at the University of Cambridge before starting his career in government-funded and independent schools.
Mr. Gamble also has a Masters in Education Management from the University of Bath. He is married to Sue, a choreographer and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance. They have two sons, one a software engineer in London, the other in higher education in Manchester. Delighted to take up this appointment, Mr. Gamble looks forward to many opportunities to get to know BISC parents better and to support their children’s education. He is excited to work with BISC teachers, its Board and pupils to build an even stronger school community for 2019 and beyond.
Mrs. El Otmani has also been trained and served as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator, a role which has involved her in the professional development of teachers with regard to this curriculum.
Ms. Sarson has been teaching her subject and leading teams of teachers for ten years. She is also an examiner in A Level English Literature and GCSE English Language and is a member of both the Chartered College of Teaching and the National Association for the Teaching of English.
Working as an actor from a very young age and featuring in film, television and theatre work, Matthew attended a full time drama school for his secondary education, has directed and produced both theatre and television, had one of his plays university published and still will work as an actor, mostly in theatre from time to time. Matthew Rawcliffe began his teaching career in a British comprehensive school and quickly realised that behavioural and pastoral elements of learning were something he felt he could make an impact upon. Moving to a post pupil referral unit (PRU) behavioural unit, Matthew soon became department leader and continued work here, until a government change, meant a cut in funding. Here he became a qualified cognitive behavioural coach and gained lots of experience with disadvantaged young people. It was then that Matthew returned to another of his passions, travel, taking a role in rural Malaysia, teaching primary school teachers how to teach. This lead to him being in charge of fifteen schools, seventy five teachers and three other learner mentors. At the end of this contract he found himself in the position of deputy head and decided that he wanted more contact time with learners and so stepped down. Moving to The International school of The Hague, in the Netherlands, Matthew took on the role of a drama teacher but also ran the international award for young people, delivered on theory of knowledge courses and organised sporting events. From here, his journey took him to Hong Kong and eventually Dubai. Here he worked at Jumierah College as head of drama, whilst the school was voted number one in the world by TES and BIS. Unfortunately it was then that Matthew had to get two very serious spine surgeries and spent fourteen months having to learn how to walk again. He now joins us here at BISC with a new enthusiasm, energy and outlook after the challenging year he faced before joining our school.