Meet the staff
Mr Sajid Ghaffar | CHAIRMAN
Mr Andy Henderson | PRINCIPAL
Mr Henderson is delighted to be joining Cardiff Academy at a very exciting time for the organisation. He has a wealth of Leadership experience having worked in the maintained school sector for 36 years. For 23 of those years he has acted as a Head teacher in 2 different schools in both England and Wales.
Mr Henderson worked on secondment to Welsh Government from 2009 – 2011 helping to shape key Education reforms and he remains active with the Welsh Government sitting on a number of working parties.
His passion for staff development is apparent from his continued work with a number of Universities across Wales and he acts as the lead on the Leading and Managing in ALN module for the University of South Wales. He has been commissioned by a number of Consortia in Wales to provide Middle and Senior leadership programmes for staff both in the Special and Maintained schools sectors. In addition he recently carried out an audit on effective Leadership practice in ALN on behalf of the National Academy for Leadership
He continues to be active as a Peer Inspector for Estyn and was recently part of an Inspection in 2019 . It is intended that he will start to join Inspections Independent school Inspections in the near future.
Mr Henderson joins the Academy having been carrying out the role of a Challenge Advisor in the EAS for the past 3 years. During that time he successfully supported a number of schools to be removed from Estyn Category and can bring a currency for school improvement to his new role as Principal.
Mrs Jennifer Davies | VICE PRINCIPAL & FRENCH & GERMAN
Qualifications | M.A. (Cantab), M.Litt.| Subject(s) Taught : Vice Principal / French / German
Jenne Davies has an M.A. from Cambridge University in French and German and a Masters Degree
in French from the University of Bristol. She has qualified teacher status and has taught French and
German at all levels in a wide variety of state and private schools and colleges both here in the UK
and overseas for nearly forty years. She has, in addition, held many Senior Responsibility posts
including Housemistress at Clayesmore School for three years and Head of Modern Languages, Head
of Sixth Form and Head of General Studies at The Royal School in Bath for five years. She was also
Head of Modern Languages at New College in Cardiff for four years. Jenne has been an Examiner at
GCSE and A-level in both French and German for many years and has worked for a variety of Exam
Boards including AQA, Edexcel, WJEC and International Baccalaureate. Together with her husband
Paul and the late Anthony Huxley, Jenne is co-author of an authoritative guide to European Orchids
called “Wild Orchids of Britain and Europe”.
Jenne Davies has been the Vice Principal and a Director of Cardiff Academy since 1999. As such she
is responsible, together with the Principal, for running all aspects of Cardiff Academy as a business
and educational institution. She is also Student Welfare Officer, UCAS Advisor and Examinations
Officer at The Academy.
Dr Stephen Wilson | BIOLOGY
Mr Sajid Hussain | HEAD OF OPERATIONS
Mr Matthew Cocks | DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Mrs Caroline Williams | CHEMISTRY
Caroline has more 20 years teaching experience in both Biology and Chemistry A Levels as well as all areas of GCSE Sciences. She began her teaching career in Leicester and has taught in South Wales since 1999. During that time she has been Head of Department and Deputy Head of Faculty. Caroline has been an examiner for WJEC since 2003 and currently is on the teams for both GCSE and A Level.
Mr John Holland | PHYSICS TEACHER | DIRECTOR OF FOUNDATION STUDIES
Qualifications |B.Sc., M.Sc. Physics, PGCE
Subjects taught: Physics, Mathematics. John has a B.Sc and M.Sc in Physics from Cardiff University, specialising in particle physics and cryoelectronics, and has a PGCE in FE from the University of South Wales. John has taught at several independent sixth form colleges and academies in Cardiff and the South West, managing and delivering both A-Level and foundation courses for access to undergraduate degree programmes in science and engineering.
Mr Tom Beard | MATHEMATICS
Mr John Webb | HISTORY TEACHER, GOVERNMENT & POLITICS TEACHER
Teacher of History,Politics and Sociology.
Head of Sixth Form at two different Comprehensive schools for a total of 19 years.
AS/A2 History Examination marker for A.Q.A.
Ms Angelika Janiak | ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES FOR FOUNDATION YEAR TEACHER
Qualifications | B.A in English Philology and PGCE in TEFL from the Social School of Sciences in Poland and M.A in TESOL from the University of Bath.
Subject(s) Taught : Angelika has taught EFL in several places in both Poland and the UK but after graduating from the University of Bath she focused on English for Academic Purposes and taught
pre-sessional courses at the University of Liverpool and the University of Birmingham. Currently, she takes another teaching course- Diploma in TESOL (Trinity College London) and works as a Casual Research Assistant at the University of Bath/ Education Department.
Mr John Price | TECHNICIAN
Mrs Elizabeth Evans | PSYCHOLOGY
Mr. Jeffrey Jones | ECONOMICS
Jeff Jones has a B.Sc. in Economics and a Masters Degree in Education from Cardiff University. He is also a qualified teacher with a PGCE from Birmingham University. Jeff has over thirty five years experience teaching and lecturing on a wide range of Economics and Business Courses including A-level in many different schools and FE colleges in England and South Wales. He has been an Examiner at A-level in Economics and Business Studies for Edexcel, WJEC and International Baccalaureate for over twenty five years.
Mr Byron Davies | LAW
Mrs Lynne Jones | ENGLISH LITERATURE
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Ms Deborah Barclay | IELTS TEACHER
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Ms Fleur Bryan | Marketing Coordinator
Ms Laura Leon | SOCIOLOGY
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Ms Heather Fuller | MUSIC
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