Year 7 Tutor Team

A massive welcome from the Year 7 Tutor Team.

Director of Learning – Miss Gordon

Hello Year 7. I am delighted to be your Director of Learning (Head of Year) in September. This means that, along with your form tutors, I am responsible for keeping you safe, happy, and ensuring you are settled at Townsend. I have worked at Townsend Church of England School for two years and teach English and Maths. I teach a lot of Year 7 classes so am excited to get to know you better both inside and outside of the classroom. My favourite hobbies are swimming, walking (in the mountains), travelling and photography. I like to travel as much as I can: my favourite country that I have visited is Slovenia as its lakes and mountains are truly spectacular. I think my love for the mountains really blossomed when on my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition in the Transylvanian mountains (Romania): an incredibly beautiful part of the world. I am inspired by all of our students – those who learn to use new vocabulary in their work, those who ask a question when previously they were too worried to, those who help others to feel welcome at school and those who strive to better themselves each day. I wonder how you will inspire me. I look forward to meeting the wonderful students I have been told so much about in September.


Canterbury – Mr Glanville

Hello Year 7. My name is Mr Glanville. I teach English and Media Studies and will be the form tutor for 7 Canterbury. I have been teaching in different forms for the last fifteen years – ten of those at Townsend School. I went to university in London, where I studied Print Journalism and Media Studies. I have many good memories from secondary school: My English teacher, Mr Pearce, was also my form tutor. He was funny, strict and really pushed pupils to think for themselves. I loved every lesson I had with him. One of my favourite hobbies is longboarding, which – if you haven’t heard of it – is like skateboarding but more about going down hills than doing tricks. I’m new to it and building up my confidence! If you get a chance, give it a go – it’s really rewarding. Wear a helmet though! Something unique about me is that I can beat-box and do a robot dance. At the same time. But never when asked. So don’t ask! Our school well-being team inspire me and remind me what is important in life – that we try our best to understand and support everyone around us. This year I aim to write more. As an English teacher I help and encourage others to write every day; students sometimes ask me why I don’t write too… so I will!  I’m really looking forward to getting to know you all in September.


Durham – Miss Gbedemah

Hello, my name is Miss Gbedemah and I teach Mathematics at Townsend school. I graduated from Manchester with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and completed my postgraduate degree at the University of London. I have been teaching for over 20 years, with a ten-year break in between to raise a family as well as work in industry as a business consultant and events manager. I originally hail from Sierra Leone in West Africa, but I currently live in Germany, which is home and in England, where I work. I speak fluent German and I am a keen runner with several runs under my belt to include 5ks, 10ks and a half marathon. I am a devout Christian and fundraiser supporting two charities: Children in Need, (making childhood safe, happy and secure) and Compassion UK, which seeks to release children from poverty and empower them. I love baking and my aim in 2020 is to become a certified baker even though Covid has thrown me slightly off course! Someone who inspires me is Albert Einstein, an average student with speech challenges whose name has become synonymous with genius and creativity. This leads me to my best memory for school where I won my fear of public speaking by giving motivational speeches at Thanksgiving ceremonies. You, too, have the power to change peoples’ lives — the lives of fellow students, staff and the wider public, and I look forward to doing this with you! Best of luck to each and every one of you as you embark on this journey with the Townsend Family!


Exeter – Miss Chakir

Welcome to 7 Exeter. My name is Miss Chakir and here is a little bit about myself. I studied English at Portsmouth University, and I am currently a learning supervisor at Townsend school. My favourite thing to do is travel. One of my favourite places I have visited is Italy; there are so many different cities to see and so many different types of food to taste. I love learning about new cultures, learning new languages and meeting new people. One thing which makes me unique is my kindness. I have always been told that I am a very kind person. I never realised that until I started university. My mother is someone who inspires me every day. She is kind, resilient and patient. The reason I look up to my mother is because of her hard-working personality. I have seen her work, study and look after a family without ever saying “I cannot do this”.  One of my main goals is to be a supportive and understanding form tutor. I want my students to feel happy coming to school to enjoy their time learning and socialising. This would be my most important goal: to ensure my form are always happy and respectful.


Norwich – Miss Prakash

Hello, my name is Miss. Prakash. I teach Science at Townsend school and will be the form tutor for 7 Norwich. I did a degree in Biomedical Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and did my teacher training course at The University of Hertfordshire. I have been teaching for 5 years. I really enjoy travelling, dancing, reading, and watching movies. I am from India and am fluent in three languages and, also understand two others. I am inspired by people who are strong, independent, positive, and kind. In 2020, I hope to achieve my goal of reading one book per month and to help my new form to settle and grow at Townsend. At school, I enjoyed doing all the practical subjects like science, PE, art and DT, going on school trips and spending time with my friends. I am really looking forward to meeting my new form and starting our journey as a family at Townsend.


York – Miss Bryanton

Hello. My name is Miss Bryanton and I am very excited to be 7 York’s form tutor in September. I am joining Townsend in September and will be part of the History department. I have been teaching History in Watford for the last two years and have taught in Kent before that. I have a real passion for history, and I love reading about different time periods and travelling to visit lots of historical places. Travelling is a passion of mine and I love to visit different countries around the world. Someone who inspires me is Amelia Earhart who was the first women to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She inspires me because she never gave up on her passion and worked hard to achieve her goals whilst shaping history in the process. Like you, in September, I will be new to the school and my goal for 2020 is to learn something interesting about every member of my form. Form time was always something I enjoyed during my time at secondary school and I hope to make it a memorable and enjoyable experience for my form. I hope you all enjoy your summer holiday and I look forward to meeting you in September.


Stay safe,
Miss Gordon, Director of Learning (Head of Year), Mr Wyatt (SENCO), Miss Prakash (Science), Mr Glanville (English), Miss Chakir (English), Miss Bryanton (History) and Mrs Gbedemah (Mathematics)