Call 020 8806 6048

Meet The Team

Ms Gulcan Metin-Asdoyuran

Headteacher

Being a teacher and educator for 27 years means that I have seen a lot of changes and recycling in education. I believe that primary education is the launching opportunity for all aspirations. Pupils at Simon Marks will grow in confidence and know they have a voice in today’s society.

Mr Robin DasGupta

Deputy Headteacher

I am very proud to be the Deputy Headteacher of Simon Marks as it is a very special school.  I have been teaching for over thirteen years and have a strong belief in helping pupils reach their potential. Outside school, I enjoy reading, food, weightlifting, watching Liverpool FC and current affairs.

Mr Zachary Jacobs

Assistant Headteacher (Acting)

I have been working in Primary education for over 20 years. Being born and raised in North London, the traditions and cultures of Jewish life have been woven into me. I am passionate about computing, maths and Science. Moreover I believe in making Jewish education relevant, meaningful and fulfilling for every child. 

Rabbi Nicholas Goldmeier

Consultant Rabbi in Residence

I have been involved in Anglo-Jewish education for the past 25 years, working with a number of different schools and teacher training organisations. I am passionate about the continuity of Modern Orthodox Judaism and imparting the wonderful and rich Jewish traditions to children of all ages.

Ms Helen Goldman

School Business Manager

I have worked as the School Business Manager at Simon Marks for 9 years. I thoroughly enjoy my job and the role I play as part of a team in ensuring children reach their full potential. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, spending time with family and friends and watching Arsenal play.

Ms Louise Morgan

Nursery Teacher

I have been a teacher for 12 years, working mostly in the borough of Islington.  I trained as a teacher in London and enjoy the challenges the Capital brings.  Early Years is my specialism and I love working in nursery and reception classes, but have also taught year one.

Ms Bianca Kehinde

Nursery Support Staff

Hi I’m Bianca.  I work in early years as a support worker.  I have been doing this for 16 years.  I’m very dedicated to my role and passionate in what I do.  In my spare time I like going to the gym.

Ms Jillian Harkness

Reception Class Teacher

I have been a teacher in inner city London for over ten years and this is my third year at Simon Marks Jewish Primary School. I love learning with the children in the early years and enjoy teaching phonics and art.  When I’m not teaching children you will find me stretching and balancing on my yoga mat.

Mr Wayne Anthony

Reception Support Staff

I’ve been at Simon Marks for four years in a variety of roles. I enjoy a range of sporting activities as I believe that pupils benefit greatly from being active.

Mr Hakan Durak

Year 1 & Year 2 Teacher

Hello, my name is Hakan Durak. I’ve been working in education for 10 years and have enjoyed every second of it. I’m passionate about teaching and helping children achieve their best.

Mrs Sophie Jones

Year 1 & 2 Support Staff

My name is Mrs Jones.  I have been a Teaching Assistant at Simon Marks for 5 years.  I have over 15 years of experience of working with children in all age groups.  In my spare time I love spending time with my children and family.

Mr Syed Gilani

Year 3 & 4 Teacher

My name is Syed Gilani and I currently teach the year 3 and year 4 classes. I also coordinate PE and health and well-being across the school. I love teaching and feel there is no other job like it. This is my third year at SMJPS and I am thoroughly enjoying teaching the children and working with all of the amazing staff. My passion for teaching stems from my grandparents who were both teachers. An interesting fact about me is that I can sing (well, at least that’s what I think- the children disagree).

Ms Sevcan Keskin

Year 3 & 4 Support Staff

My name is Miss Sev and I am a Teaching Assistant at Simon Marks Jewish Primary School.  Although I’ve been here since September 2018, I have over 10 years’ experience working with children from EYFS to KS2.  I enjoy working with children and young people and seeing them progress in life to achieve their personal goals.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my nephews, drawing and doing various sports. 

Ms Ayesha Khatun

Year 5 Teacher

Hello, my name is Miss Khatun and I am the class teacher for year 5! I am in my second year of teaching and have a passion for education and working with children. I have a history of working in politics and enjoy travelling.

Mrs Sabiha Pathan

Year 5 Support Staff

I have been a teaching-assistant, breakfast supervisor and midday supervisor at Simon Marks Jewish Primary School since 2005.

Ms Lucy Milner

Year 6 Teacher

I’m Miss Milner and this is my second year at Simon Marks. I’ve been a teacher for 4 years and my favourite subjects are maths, reading and grammar. I also enjoy all things musical and can play 4 different instruments.

Mrs Libby Johnstone

Year 6 Support Staff

My name is Elizabeth Johnstone, known as Libby.  Although I have only been working 4 years in Simon Marks, I have been a Teaching Assistant for 23 years.  In my spare time I enjoy cooking and baking.

Mr Paul Russell

Music Teacher

I trained at one of London’s top conservatories for performing arts. Upon graduating I performed in West End musicals, tours, and even sang for The Queen at Balmoral Castle. As a music educator I have been Director of Music at schools in London and New York. I run a company, Standing Ovation Choir Ltd, where singing is brought into the workplace as a team building tool to connect employees and strengthen work culture and community.

Mrs Tally David

Ivrit Teacher

I have been working in Primary education for over 20 years. I was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, but have been living in North London for over 30 years. I truly believe that learning another language helps to open up the world and Ivrit also helps children to not only be part of another modern society, but also helps them to relate to the culture and traditions of the past. In my spare time I enjoy getting fit and dancing.

Mrs Irit Cohen

Ivrit Support Staff

I love my role supporting Ivrit and staff around the school, and I have over 20 years’ experience in the classroom. After growing up in Tel Aviv, Israel, I moved to London when I was in my 20s. Helping children gain the skills of a modern foreign language and expand their knowledge and view of the world is extremely rewarding. When not in the classroom, I spend my time working out in the gym, but I am also passionate about music and dance. 

Mrs Jackie Osborne

Learning Mentor

I have been involved in primary education for nineteen years and the Learning Mentor at Simon marks for over a year. I enjoy all types of sport and encouraging pupils to take part in all aspects of school life.

Mrs Sue Zion

School Admin Officer

I have been working at the school for the last 17 years in various roles.  I am the school reception and admin assistant.  I enjoy working at Simon Marks and being part of the changes in the school over the years. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family.

Ms Dulcie Anderson

Cleaning Team

I’m Dulcie and I have been working at Simon Marks for over 30 years.  In my spare time I enjoy taking walks and shopping.

Ms Mona Kennedy

Cleaning Team

Hi, I’m Mona and I have worked at Simon Marks for 12 years.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and reading.

Ms Zelma McLeish

Cleaning Team

I’m Zelma.   I have been working at Simon Marks for nearly 9 years now.  I love reading in my spare time and watching television.

Mr Roland Kiraly

Security

I’m from Hungary and I joined Simon Marks in April 2018 as a security guard.  I’m responsible for the safety of the children, and I always ensure that no unauthorized people enter the school and that children leave with a known person.  I’m also a student in the Department of Computer Science at University of London.  In my spare time I enjoy traveling, hiking and I’m a devotee of international and modern contemporary art.

Mr Samuel Limer

Security

I have been working at Simon Marks for two months and I’m originally from Sardinia in Italy.

Ms Angela Babapulle

Cook

I have been making lunches for children for over thirty years. I enjoy cooking and working with all of the pupils.

Ms Marilyn Forlonge

Catering Assistant

I have been working at Simon Marks for three years and enjoy serving the children and seeing them smile.

Ms Semha Faiz

Catering Assistant

I have been working with children for many years. I really enjoy working in an amazing, inclusive Jewish school.

Mrs Ranjit Kaur

Midday Meal Supervisor

I have been at Simon Marks for fourteen years. I enjoy making sure that all pupils have a high-quality, nutritious lunch.