Our ‘manifesto’ for change

No one can deny that our world has changed significantly. Our post industrial society, our culture of instant-knowledge, and a world in perpetual flux requires so much more from today’s learners, their teachers and from present systems of formal education. An education must respond to this change and orientate itself towards educating today’s adolescents with a capacity to actively engage with this world positively.

Complex ‘soft’ skills such as creativity, collaboration and persistence, to name but a few, are crucial skills, qualities and attributes of the individual capable of successfully navigating our complex world. Curriculum models, schools and approaches to education must be designed to facilitate the development of these skills, attributes and capacities all of which are vital in this the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The International Academy of Greenwich was founded by a group of committed parents and educationalists with a common vision for an education fit for the complexities of todays world. The founders, most of whom live in Greenwich or Lewisham, believe that a secondary school with a focus on languages, an international curriculum and a philosophy that promotes the tenets of Global Citizenship is essential, especially within the richly diverse area of Greenwich, Blackheath and Lee.

The approach, first voiced by the founders, and being developed by the whole IAG community, seeks to enable all students to master not only individual subjects but also the literacies, competencies and qualities of the lifelong-lifewide and ‘future-ready learner’.

About us

The International Academy of Greenwich  is a fast growing community of parents and educators from a diverse and rich background. As the school grows so does this community. We are passionate that IAG is not just represented as solely a body of teachers but that the community reflects the parents, community educators, the students, change partners and all those that play a role in making IAG a place where An Education for Global Citizenship can be realised.


IAG Leadership Team

Indira Purushothaman, Principal

‘Becoming a Global citizen’
Indira has been teaching for 17 years, with 10 years experience as a senior leader in two outstanding schools in inner city London. As an English teacher she is passionate about sharing her love for literature and language with her students. As a leader, Indira  believes in sustaining outstanding outcomes, and is dedicated to the investment of students’ emotional and literacy development, to ensure that they have continuous success in their lives beyond their school experience.

Indira is determined to ensure that the students at IAG actively develop their cultural, moral and social enthusiasm for learning so that they become articulate, confident and successful global citizens of the future. She firmly believes excellence for all IAG students can be achieved with a strongly unified, dedicated, supported staff team and, through engaging in a meaningful partnership with parents.


Ennelyn Schmidt­-Roberts, Vice Principal, Pastoral Care and Behaviour

Ennelyn Schmidt­-Roberts has worked in education for over 20 years in Germany and London, the last 9 years in Senior Management in an Inner City London Academy, where Ennelyn played a key role in securing outstanding features for the academy. Ennelyn works internationally with many schools worldwide and shares teaching and learning developments with other countries, especially with China. Her own teaching and her own results have always been judged outstanding. Ennelyn sees herself as a true Global Citizen and speaks English, German and French and has a basic understanding of various other languages. Ennelyn has been a supporter of the IAG since the beginning and is now looking forward to seeing a world class educational curriculum being brought to the students of the IAG. Ennelyn cannot wait to see the students of the IAG represent and live its ethos and vision on a daily basis inside the school and outside in the community.


 Andrea Sola, Associate Vice Principal

Andrea Sola has worked in education for 10 years as a mathematics teacher. After beginning her career in the United States, Andrea moved to Guatemala where she taught for three years and served as the head of maths. Before joining IAG, she was teaching maths and also head of year at an IB school in Switzerland. Andrea is excited to be joining the International Academy of Greenwich and is looking forward to integrating the MYP into the National Curriculum and being a founding member of a new school.




Hardeesh Singh

Hardeesh Singh is a Primary Maths Specialist Teacher, who has worked in both Primary and Secondary environments. After completing his Bachelor Degree in Diagnostic Radiography, he decided to study to become a teacher. He is very passionate about teaching mathematics creatively to ensure all students are engaged and motivated, so that they can utilise and appreciate mathematics in many aspects of daily life.



English Language & Literature 

 Stacey Cole

Stacey studied her joint degree in Fine Art and the History of Art at Goldsmiths, where she also completed her teacher training.She is originally from Norfolk and has lived in the Lewisham area for five years. The vibrant and diverse community is a big factor in continuing to live and work in the local area. She is passionate about promoting high standards of literacy and helping young people succeed. Stacey feels privileged to be joining such an experienced team of educationalists at IAG. Stacey teaches also Visual Arts as part of the Personal Time curriculum at IAG.

Language Acquisition 


Axelle Douillet

Axelle Douillet is a native French speaker and she has been living in London for the past 14 years. She graduated with a BA in Translation with French and Spanish at Roehampton University in 2007. She has worked on various translation projects that includes subtitling and dubbing. After working for five years as a French language conversation teacher in North London, she decided to train at Goldsmiths to become a fully qualified teacher. She is keen to use all her experience, knowledge and culture to the benefit of the children she teaches.


Eirini Boulinaki

Eirini Boulinaki is a physicist coming from Greece with nine years of one-to-one tutoring experience. Her passion for teaching has led her to further her education by completing an MBA in Environmental Sciences, which allows her to explain to students the real meaning of sciences. Her goal is for IAG’s students to find a true passion in science.

Individuals and Society 


Sarah Sheldon

Sarah Sheldon has worked in education for over 9 years in Japan, Australia and England. A love of both art and history lead her to undertake a humanities and visual arts double degree. She taught English as a second language in Japan where she discovered a love of teaching. Through her career she has taught humanities, art and textiles. Sarah teaches humanities at IAG.

Creative Arts

Manuela Zanotti

Manuela is an artist specialising in mix-media and photography; she has exhibited her work both in London (ICA) and in Europe (MIArt). Alongside her creative and commercial experience, Manuela, has worked in Higher Education for over ten years, where she has lectured, taught and coordinated a portfolio of creative short courses as well as assisting the Associate Dean in implementing and disseminating Quality Assurance strategies. Manuela has taught Art and Design at secondary level for the past four years and has recently been appointed as a Pearson’s Associate Visiting Moderator (New Specifications)s for GCE A Level Art, Craft and Design A Level; she has a passion for print-making, textiles, mix-media, installation work, photography and film. Manuela also teaches French and Latin at IAG.


Physical and Health Education

Rob Dipple

Rob has worked in education delivering PE for 15 years, he holds a wealth of qualifications in sports coaching and has a wide variety of experience of primary and secondary schools PE.

He has worked across the USA coaching football and has worked at an elite level of coaching and recruitment at Arsenal, Fulham and Manchester City academies of football.

Rob brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team which he shares on a regular basis with students and staff alike.

Adam Fahy

Adam has been a teacher of PE for over 5 years and holds a degree in PE as well as a number of sports coaching qualifications.

He has worked in both primary and secondary schools delivering and leading departmental PE and has a wealth of experience working in local sports and leisure organisations. Adam holds a deep belief for the enjoyment and enrichment that PE brings to the students and displays impassioned enthusiasm for the development of each pupil in his care. He has worked at the highest level of youth football at both Arsenal and Fulham academies.


Karl Lucken

Level 1 Football Coach

Karl has been with us for over 5 years. He has been teaching PE and field sports during this time and is invaluable across all of our projects.

Karl is also the league coordinator for our soccer schools.


Daniel Bowler

Graduating in PE, Daniel has an eclectic mix of youth and experience.

He is an accomplished coach in a number of sports and is extremely enthusiastic in his delivery.

Daniel enjoys introducing the students to new and exciting techniques and displays a unique understanding of their needs.


Ricky Black

Ricky teaches PE and core sports and works daily across our projects.

He is extremely versatile and experienced in a number of sports.



Tatiana Ellis

Tatiana has an extensive and highly respected background in performing arts, dance, fitness and a multitude of sports.

Her experience of over two decades makes her a key member of our PE department and an influential and highly respected member of the Wave team.



Harvey  Brinkley


Harvey joined Wave Coaches  from the 2017 academic year and brought a wealth of experience in a number of sports in terms of leading and participating.

Harvey plays a high standard of non league football in his spare time.



 Community Educators

Liam Chai

Liam has been practising mindfulness for over seven years. After experiencing the joy and benefits stemming from his own practice, there has been a natural call to share it with others. He is particularly interested in the dialogue between contemplative traditions and modern science. Having formally trained with Dr. Paul Ekman (an expert on emotions) and B. Alan Wallace (Buddhist scholar and interpreter for the Dalai Lama) he is dedicating his life to be of greater service to bridge the gap between the two worlds. He now teaches mindfulness at Caritas Anchor House, UCL, SOAS, leads monthly urban retreats in Whitechapel and has aspirations for long-term retreat in collaboration with scientists.

Jamie Dean Murphy

He is a co-founder of Ninja School and founder of Sports Fitness Education, a multisports development and coordination program for young children in nursery and primary education. He started practising Karate when he was 12 and since then, it has sculpted every aspect of his life. Being a martial artist has shaped his outlook on everything and has enabled him to live a life full of passion.

He has had a successful, competitive career in karate winning various regional, national and international titles in four weight classes (middleweight, light heavy, heavyweight and open weight). After taking a step back from competitive karate to focus on the traditional aspects of the discipline, he earned his First-Dan black belt after 8 years of intense training.

Harry Bovill

Over the last three years has been engaged with several international social projects with entrepreneurs at the Hub Westminster, Permaculture and the EU-supported group  Edgeryders. These projects centred around education and innovation; they included: Viral Academy, Africa UK, and UnMonastery. Born and raised in South East London, Harry has worked for the For Jimmy Foundation, a charity dedicated to help young people in the Lewisham borough.

Being involved in many different styles of Martial Arts from a young age he was never quite satisfied until I stumbled upon Mixed Martial Arts. In 2014 he joined Gracie Barra London Bridge where he earned his Blue Belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu. He has found the open and interactive format of Martial Arts he has been looking for at Ninja School; “this”, he says, “is the journey I have taken over the last four years and the Martial Arts class I wish I could have been part of as a boy.”

Reece Fletcher

Reece is a co founder of Ninja School and owner of his own movement and training company called ‘Guerrilla Movement’. He is a certified personal trainer/class instructor, and boxing coach. He has been heavily involved in martial arts from a young age, starting with a style of Wu Shu (traditional Chinese Kung Fu), moving to Tae Kwon Do (Korean Kung Fu) in which he has won 1st , 2nd and 3rd place medals at junior level. As he got older, he trained in Western boxing, Kick Boxing and Muay Thai. As an adult, he has competed at amateur level in mixed martial arts and kick boxing and hopes to continue that journey in the near future.

Jonathan Hatzimasouras

Jonathan Hatzimasouras is one of the co-founders of Ninja School . He was born in Greece and raised in London, he speaks two languages, he also has a BA in History from the University of Chichester. He has competed and trained in sport for most of his life and has practised a number of Martial Arts for the last three years. He has been practising Brazilian Jiujitsu for three years, he says: “this has taught me the valuable lesson that you can learn not only from success but even when you lose. This does not mean that we focus on failure, but we accept that it is integral for young children to progress. At Ninja School we aim to reinforce its benefits in understanding humility and discipline, as well as taking away the fear of failure that exists in our society today.”

Learning Coaches


Shelisa Raffington, Learning Support Assistant

Shelisa is a young Drama and Media Graduate. Since graduating in 2014 she has worked in Pupil Referral Units and in a Specialist EBD school working as support staff and cover teaching students of small groups. She wants to share her extensive experience to support pupils in schools, not only with their education but also their social, emotional, and behavioural challenges to help them integrate into society as young, independent and intelligent citizens.


Coruna Bibi, Learning Support Assistant

Coruna Bibi is a young business graduate with a passion for education and teaching. Having experience in tutoring children from Primary Years through to A Levels, she has decided to bring her knowledge of providing extra support for students with many different types of educational needs to The International Academy of Greenwich.

Tailoring support methods to each individual student is Coruna’s approach to engage students in their academic studies and aid students to develop into young succesful citizens. The field of education is where Coruna’s interests have always lied and she hopes to continue her work in this field and become an English teacher in the near future.

Support Staff

sharonvan_dermaasSharon Van Der Maas,  Front of House

Sharon is a Human Resources professional with experience of working in Broadcasting, Media, Advertising, Manufacturing and the NHS over the past 20 years. She has been working with IAG in its start-up phase since January 2016. Sharon has a BA Hons in Business and a postgraduate qualification in HR Management. She has had responsibility for Operational and Strategic HR and more recently, she has been providing HR Consultancy to small and medium sized businesses.


Manuela Zanotti, Marketing & Creativity Coordinator

After achieving her Bachelor Degree in Fine Art at Central St Martins’ (UAL) and a Masters Degree in Photography at the Royal College of Art, Manuela Zanotti launched her creative career as an independent Photographer and Art Director by collaborating with Magazines, Marketing Agencies and Charities, creating and presenting visual content aimed at youth, fashion and music publications, (ID, FACE, Touch, L’Espresso, Panorama). Recently, Manuela has run and coordinated an art based mentoring project which featured in the Guardian; the ensuing art work was screened at the Venice Biennale and exhibited in UK and Europe.


goldie_yereGoldie Yere, Aspiring Graduate and Support Staff Officer

Goldie studied business administration and health social care. She has extensive experience in administration and customer care; and she worked for two years for Lewisham Council supporting young people on a one-to-one basis, communicating with parents/carers, writing case studies, organising workshops and presenting. Goldie is a native French speaker.



 Marrianne Baker, General Technician

Marrianne studied graphic design and illustration and has a passion for photography and film-making. She has experience working in customer care in the fashion industry and she is proficient in the use of different software packages for art & design. She has written and illustrated a series of books for Autistic children with various titles under the name The Rainbow Series. Marrianne provides ICT, science, and art and design support at IAG.

 Arif Alpay, Site Manager

Arif has lived and worked in London since moving here from his native Turkey eleven years ago. As a family man with children, Arif appreciates the importance of providing a good education for all our young people and is delighted to be involved in the origins of this innovative school. Arif is a qualified part-time youth worker and has many years experience of working with young people in the 13-19yrs age range. He is also multi-lingual and is pleased to be able to support the students in the Turkish language classes.

Change Partners 

We work with education leaders at every level from national organisations to individuals leading the way in re-imagining education. We are committed to working with the local community as it is this community that every system of education should first serve.