Meet the team

Senior leadership team

Cristalina Fernandes Cristalina Fernandes Headteacher

Cristalina joined the Academy in June 2016, having previously worked as a senior leader at Ark Globe Academy in Southwark, where she was also Vice Principal. Cristalina is passionate about Social Justice and ensuring that our young people at Crest receive the very best opportunities to allow them to flourish as successful, articulate and polite members of the community.

Errol Comrie Errol Comrie Deputy Headteacher Behaviour and Pastoral Systems

Errol joined the Academy in April 2015, as Assistant Vice Principal Director of KS4. Errol has a strong track record in Pastoral Support and in raising achievement, joining us from Wanstead High School in Redbridge. Errol leads on Behaviour and is also a teacher of Business and Economics.

Sophie Grant Sophie Grant Deputy headteacher

Sophie joined the Academy in 2009, originally as Curriculum Director for English at Crest. Passionate about both her subject and learning and teaching, Sophie has quickly moved into a substantive leadership role. An alumni of the Future Leaders Flagship programme, Sophie is committed to achieving excellent outcomes for students at Crest. Sophie is responsible for Inclusion and Culture and Ethos, including the induction and integration of our Year 7 students into life at the Academy.

Paul Morgan Paul Morgan Assistant Headteacher- Head of Sixth Form and Careers, Curriculum Director of Humanities

Paul joined Crest in September 2015, as a Lead Practitioner within the Humanities and Languages faculty and taking whole school responsibility for Beginner Teachers. Paul now leads on the progress and achievement of KS5 students in the Academy’s sixth form, ensuring that they are reaching their potential and on track to achieve their target grades. Paul is currently a participant on the NPQSL with the Institute of Education. Paul is committed to addressing educational disadvantage in urban school settings and has a wealth of inner London teaching experience, most recently at Saint Mark’s Church of England Academy in Merton. Paul is also a member of the Academy’s teaching team, delivering Sociology and RE to GCSE and A Level.

Danielle Finlay Danielle Finlay Associate Deputy Headteacher - Teaching and Learning, Curriculum Director for English

Danielle joined the Academy in September 2016, as Interim Curriculum Director for English. Passionate about both her subject and learning and teaching, Danielle is excited to lead the English team at Crest to bring the subject to life. A graduate from the prestigious Teach First programme, Danielle has recently had a leadership role at Balaam Wood Academy in the West Midlands

Sabah Ghani Sabah Ghani Deputy Headteacher - Assessment and Achievement

Sabah joined the Academy in April 2015. Sabah is a graduate of the Teaching Leaders Middle Leadership Development programme and has played a key role in developing the Maths provision at the Academy. Since May 2016, Sabah has taken on the role as a Deputy Headtecher at Crest. Sabah has a wealth of experience teaching in Inner London schools, most recently at Oasis Academy Hadley in Enfield.

Vanessa McCrossen Vanessa McCrossen Deputy Headteacher - Safeguarding, Sixth Form and Culture and Ethos

Vanessa joined Crest in 2009 originally as Head of PE before leading the Performance Faculty at Crest. Passionate about her social justice and empowerment, Vanessa leads our Sixth Form provision at Crest, taking day to day responsibility for the welfare and safety of our Sixth Form students. Vanessa works closely with the Assistant Vice Principal: KS5 Progress, to ensure that all sixth form students leave our Academy ‘ready for university’.

Esther Marshall Esther Marshall Associate Deputy Headteacher - Inclusion

Esther joined the Academy in September 2017 from Harris and is responsible for ensuring the development of our SEND and EAL support. She is also a teacher of Spanish.

Mame Appah Mame Appah Curriculum Director for Vocational Education

Mame is a teacher of Health and Social Care and was a teacher at the Girls school prior to the academy’s amalgamation. Mame is responsible for our vocational subjects which include Business, Economics, ICT and Product Design.

Jennifer Hughes Jennifer Hughes Curriculum Director MFL and EAL
Jennifer Hughes Jennifer Hughes Curriculum Director MFL and EAL
Handan Ercan Handan Ercan Curriculum Director of Mathematics
Handan Ercan Handan Ercan Curriculum Director of Mathematics
Tracey Marquis Tracey Marquis SENCo
Tracey Marquis Tracey Marquis SENCo
Zeena Al Hilli Zeena Al Hilli Director of Science
Zeena Al Hilli Zeena Al Hilli Director of Science
Bukky Yusuf Bukky Yusuf Curriculum Director for Science
Bukky Yusuf Bukky Yusuf Curriculum Director for Science
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