LEADERSHIP (in alphabetical order)

Ben Mearhart – Head (Joint)

benBen has an M.Ed in Educational Leadership (University of Buckingham), Qualified Teacher Status (University of Kent), a BA in Drama with English (University of Exeter), a BA: Certificate in Dance Education (The Royal Academy of Dance, London) and a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Trinity College, London).

An English, Drama and Physical Education specialist, he has been teaching in Primary Schools since 2003. He comes to us from Cranbrook School (Essex), last judged by Ofsted as being a Good school with Outstanding features. There he progressed from being Learning Support Co-ordinator, to Head of Key Stage Two and Deputy-Head of the Prep. School before becoming Deputy-Head of the School (3-18 yrs.) and Head of the Prep. School (3-11 yrs.).

Ines Saltalamacchia – Head (Joint)

ines-may13Ines has been involved in the project La Scuola Italiana a Londra since March 2006, first as Trustee and, once the School opened, in the management of the School.

She graduated in Philosophy at the Università degli Studi in Milan, where she also took a MSc in Information and Communication Technology for Human Sciences. She worked as editor and website editor at the Einaudi Scuola Editorial office in Milan. From 2001 to 2004 she worked as a researcher at the Università degli Studi in Milan and at King’s College London, obtaining a PhD in Logic. Ines is currently a Governor of Salusbury Primary School.


SSI – Scuola Secondaria di I Grado – Year 6, Year 7, Year 8 (in alphabetical order)

Silvia Gattoli – Italian SSI teacher (Years 6, 7 and 8) – Italian, History, Geography and Latin

profiloSilvia has a degree in Modern Literature and is fully qualified to teach Italian, History, Geography and PSCHEE in the Italian SSI and Italian, Latin and Classic Greek in the Italian Secondary Schools. She also has a Ditals Certificate and a Ditals Masters (to teach Italian as a foreign language).

Silvia has several years of experience as an SSI teacher in Italy.

Vito La Ghezza – Italian SSI teacher (Years 6, 7 and 8) – Maths, Science and DT

profiloVito has a degree in Biological Sciences, a Masters in Agricultural Chemistry and is fully qualified to teach Maths, Science, Chemistry and DT in the Italian SSI. He also has a Masters in Education Technologies and a Masters in ‘Nature and Science: Epistemology and Didactics’ (level II).

Vito has several years of experience as an SSI and young adults’ teacher in Italy.

Oliver Rose – English SSI teacher (Years 6, 7 and 8) – English

profiloOliver studied at Cranleigh School and went on to read English at Corpus Christi, Cambridge graduating with a First-class degree.

Oliver has been tutoring or teaching for over ten years. He has in-school teaching experience in English and Drama at Sherborne School (Secondary School) in Dorset and several years of experience in tutoring with the private tutoring agency Keystone.

PRIMARY (in alphabetical order)

Barbara Attinà – Italian KS1 teacher (Years 1 and 2)

profiloBarbara has a degree in Primary Education from the University of Milano-Bicocca and is also specialised in teaching SEN (Specific Educational Needs)

Before joining us, Barbara worked in Milan as a Primary Teacher and as an Italian teacher for the Department of Education of the Italian Consulate in London.

Suzanne Draycott – English KS2 teacher (Years 3, 4 and 5) – also supporting our SSI – Assistant Head Teacher and KS1&2 Co-ordinator

profiloSuzanne has a B.Ed Hons (Bachelor of Education) from the University of Southampton and an R.E. Certificate in Catholic Education.

She has been teaching in Primary Schools since 1996. Before coming to us in September 2014 Suzanne was Head of KS2 at Cranbrook School. spazio spazio spazio spazio spazio

Stefano Nero – Italian KS2 teacher (Years 3, 4 and 5) and specialist Drama teacher

IMG_6013Stefano qualified as a Primary teacher in Lamezia Terme (Italy) and then graduated in Italian Language with a specialization in Drama in Bologna.

Before coming to us, Stefano worked in Bologna as a Primary teacher for 10 years.

Junette Norman – English KS2 teacher (Years 3, 4 and 5)

profiloJunette has a degree in English and Creative Writing from Brunel University and is a Secondary education English specialist.

Junette has several years of experience as a Primary teacher, working in St. George’s Primary School and Prendergast Vale College (London) and as a Y8-Y10 teacher at Ark All Saints (London).

Serena Olmeda – Italian KS2 teacher (Years 3, 4 and 5) – Deputy KS1&2 Co-ordinator & Staff Governor

IMG_6062Serena has a degree in Primary Education and a degree in Modern Literature.

Serena has worked for several years as a Primary teacher and as a SEN teacher in Italy and, since she moved to London in 2013, as an Italian teacher for the Department of Education at the Italian Consulate in London.

Katherine Whiteside – English KS1 teacher (Years 1 and 2)

katieKatherine has a BA Hons. in Linguistics from the University of Leeds and a Certificate in English Language Teaching.

She has strong experience as a Primary teacher and ESL (English as second language) teacher working in various primary schools in the UK, Australia, USA and Italy, including international and bilingual schools and a specialist school for children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (in alphabetical order)

Franca Boschi – Italian Nursery teacher

franca-may13Franca graduated as a Nursery and Early Years school teacher in Bologna (Italy) and when she arrived in London she obtained the NVQ level 2 in Childcare Education at Westminster College.

She worked as a teacher of Nursery and Early Years schools in Bologna (Scuola Pianoro and other state schools) and Rome (Gioca e Crea, for which she was responsible for the opening of the Nursery and Early Years School). In London she was a teacher for Early Years and Nursery in the Little House Nursery and Lancefield Nursery.
She also currently teaches Italian at Francis Holland School to GCSE and A-level students.

Linda Elfrey – English Reception teacher

linda-may13Linda graduated at Middlesex University in Business Information Systems with Combined Studies and has also obtained an NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.

She has worked for several years as a teacher in Nursery and Early Years schools in London.

Merlica Elfrey – English Nursery teacher

merlica-may13Merlica is fully qualified in Childcare Education.

She taught in a Kindergarden in London from 2004 until July 2010, taking the role as deputy manager in 2009 and then came to us in 2010. spazio spazio spazio spazio spazio

Gloria Gentile – Italian Nursery teacher – EYFS Co-ordinator – Currently on Maternity Leave

gloriaGloria joins us with a Graduate Diploma in Education/Pedagogy and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University Bicocca of Milan.

She has several years of experience as a Nursery/Early Years Teacher both in Italy and the UK and has also worked in two International Schools in Italy and Malaysia.

Alessia Sbicca – Italian Reception teacher

alessiaAlessia has a BA in Oriental Languages and Cultures, an MA in Teaching Foreign Languages and a Ditals Certificate (to teach Italian as a foreign language).

She has experience as a Nursery Teacher and an Italian and Chinese Teacher. Since 2014 she has been working as an Italian Teacher for the Department of Education at the Italian Consulate.


Mariana Gregorio – English TA and EAL & IAL specialist teacher

marianaMariana possesses a BA in Italian from the University of Reading, a Certificate in teaching Italian as a foreign language and the CELTA qualification to teach English as a foreign laguage.

She has experience in teaching both English and Italian as foreign languages.
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Vito La Ghezza – Italian TA

profiloFor this academic year 2017-2018, Vito, who is one of our SSI teachers, will also support our Primary teachers as a TA. Vito has a degree in Biological Sciences and a Masters in Agricultural Chemistry, a Masters in Education Technologies and a Masters in ‘Nature and Science: Epistemology and Didactics’ (level II).

Vito has several years of experience as an SSI and young adults’ teacher in Italy.

Erika Mangialardi – English TA

profilo Erika is fully bilingual (Italian and English) and is also fluent in French and Hindu. She has a degree in Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, a Masters in Linguistics and Didactics to Teach Italian to Foreigners, the CEDILS certificate (also to teach Italian as a foreign language) and the Cambridge CELTA (to teach English as a foreign language).

Before coming to us Erika has worked as a private tutor of English and Italian.

Samantha Norte – English TA

profilo Samantha has a BA in Communication Studies and Film Studies (Middlesex University) and the CELTA qualification (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages).

For the last 4 years Samantha has taught English as a second language at Cavendish House in Portugal, teaching groups of students at mixed levels and of different age groups.

Tiziana Pizzi – Italian TA

tizianaTiziana arrives with a Bachelor Degree in Education Sciences from the University of Roma 3 (Rome).

She has experience as a childminder, EYFS educator and teaching assistant both in Italy and the UK.
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Eleonora Strangis – Well-Being Supervisor

profiloEleonora has a Teaching Graduation Diploma (Including Foundation Year), a BS in Health Professional Educator SNT/2 (Health Professions for Rehabilitation – University of Turin), a Masters Degree in Educational Studies (University of Messina) and a Vocational Training Certificate in Social Education. Further qualifications include: Expert in Smile Therapy, Attention Autism Workshop, Learning disability Theatre and recovery, Makaton Signing Training, Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, Counselling Children, Son-Rise Programme, Practical Autism Training For Support Assistants and Elements Of Art Therapy.

Eleonora has worked as a Health Professional Educator in the Children’s Residential Home of Turin, as a Special Needs Teacher in a Primary School and EYFS in Italy and London, as a SEN/Inclusion Teaching Assistant in a primary school in London and, for the last two years, as a Multi Therapy Assistant (SLT, OT, PT) in Neuroscience Paediatrics at King’s College Hospital (London).

SPECIALIST TEACHERS (in alphabetical order)

Fabrizio Bonacci – Specialist Guitar teacher

fabrizioFabrizio has been teaching classical, acoustic and electric guitar as well as music theory and harmony to children (both individually and in groups) for over 10 years.

His teaching experience covers a variety of different levels, from beginners to advanced learners. When appropriate he can also prepare students for external exams.

Christabel Forbes – Specialist Art Teacher (Primary and SSI)

profilo Christabel has a BA (Hons.) in Fine Art from Falmouth University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Drawing and Tutor Training both from the Royal Drawing School of London.

Christabel has several years of experience as an Art Teacher in selected London Primary schools.

Souheila Haimiche – Specialist French teacher (Primary and SSI)

souheliaSouhelia has a Bachelor’s degree in Languages from London Metropolitan University and has been working as a French and Spanish teacher in both primary and secondary schools in London.

She is also a translator and interpreter in French, Spanish and English.

Dawn Rolt – Specialist Music Teacher (EYFS, Primary and SSI) and piano, recorder and singing teacher

dawnDawn has been a primary music teacher for over 25 years. For many of these years she taught at Pembridge Hall School, whilst also setting up and running music departments in two other emerging London day schools.

She is a keen singer and recorder player and regularly accompanies children on the piano in concerts and exams. In addition to teaching at the Italian School, she has a private practice, directs three children’s choirs and teaches part time in a local Catholic state school.

Wanat T. – Specialist Violin teacher

profiloMr. Wanat has been teaching in schools for over 10 years.

He prepares students for external exams when appropriate and is equally happy working with beginners and advanced learners.
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SCHOOL OFFICE (in alphabetical order)

Carla Noli – School Administrator

carla-may13Carla has a BA in Business Management Administration and an MSc in Business Management from the University of Cagliari (Italy) and an Msc in Finance and Strategic Management from the University of Coimbra (Portugal).

Carla has worked as a marketing assistant and trade analyst in several companies in Italy and Spain.

Lara Rosset – Office Assistant

laraLara has a NVQ in Business and Administration.

Before coming to us she worked as an office assistant and apprentice business administrator in London.
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SCHOOL ASSISTANTS (in alphabetical order)

Jenny Randazzo – Chef

jenny-may13Jenny has NVQ Level 2 in Hospitality and Professional Cookery and NVQ Level 3 in Supervising Food Safety in Catering and a certificate in Nutrition For Children.

She worked as Chef and Head Chef in restaurants and came to us from running a restaurant in a Garden Centre just outside London.

Jenny earned the highest accolade for our kitchen from the hygiene inspector who awarded her the full 5 stars.

Ronnie San Lorenzo – School Caretaker

ronnieBefore coming to us Ronnie was working for several years as a general porter and then hospital assistant at the Portland Hospital in London.

He has a NVQ Level 1 in Food Safety for Catering.
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Paolo Solazzo – School General Assistant

paoloPaolo studied at the Istituto Albeghiero Paolo Borsellino in Palermo. In London he obtained his SIA (Security Industry Authority) door supervisor licence from Green Man Security and NVQ Level 2 in Food Safety for Catering.

He has worked for six years at an Italian restaurant in Surrey and before joining SIAL he worked as a SIA security officer.