Meet the Team

Below are the stories, experiences and backgrounds of just some of the people who make up the diverse staff at St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Juniors.

Ibe Akoh

Teacher of Computing, St Paul’s Juniors

Ibe has been at St Paul’s Juniors since autumn 2017. His early impressions of the school were shaped by his colleagues; he has always been impressed by their friendliness and approachability and grateful for how they welcomed him in and helped him get up to speed with life at the school. He has enjoyed teaching the boys and is enthused by their energy, their intelligence and how they keep him on his toes!

Ibe has a varied role at St Paul’s Juniors. He is a Teacher of Computing, a Lower Second Form Tutor, the Head of Beech House, one of the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads and he also has the opportunity to teach Rugby, Football and Cricket as a Games Taker. He loves the balance that his role offers between classroom teaching and the chance to be outside teaching a variety of sports. As part of the computing department, he has also worked on supporting his colleagues with the greater roll-out and use of technology across the school.

Ibe started his career at Accenture as an IT consultant before moving across to the Dragon School, a co-educational boarding and day prep school in Oxford, as Head of Computing. He spent four enjoyable years there but took the opportunity to relocate to London after he had been impressed by St Paul’s Juniors after a number of visits for sporting fixtures. He enjoys working with people who have come from different professional backgrounds that bring with them a wide range of experiences that makes for interesting conversations in the Common Room.

Ibe keeps busy in his spare time, too. He enjoys playing football for a Sunday league team and also likes cooking and going to the movies. When he has the time and space, he also likes to make and upcycle furniture.

Nick Arnold

Pastoral Deputy Head, St Paul’s Juniors

Nick started at St Paul’s Juniors in September 2020 having previously been Deputy Head at Hereward House School for six years and prior to that at University College School in Hampstead for seven years.

Nick leads the pastoral team at St Paul’s Juniors, working closely with the Heads of Year and School Counsellor, as well as being the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school. His priority is to make sure that all the pupils at SPJ are happy, healthy and safe so they are able to fully enjoy school and all of the excellent academic and co-curricular opportunities available to them. Nick also works closely with his counterpart at St Paul’s School to make sure that the pupils have a smooth transition when they leave SPJ at the end of Year 8 and start at SPS in Year 9.

Nick enjoys working with such intelligent, thoughtful and inquisitive pupils and appreciates the very wide range of clubs that are available to them, wishing that he could take part in many of them himself! Outside of the school day, he likes keeping fit through swimming, going to the gym and long walks with his dog, as well as enjoying spending time at the theatre.

Malcolm Cocks

Head of Inclusion and Teacher of English

Malcolm joined St Paul’s in 2021. He previously taught English at Dulwich College where he was also the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Head of Debating. Prior to this, he held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Shakespeare and Global Audiences at Shakespeare’s Globe and taught for several years in the University of London.

Malcolm enjoys the rich intellectual life of the school and is happiest being in the classroom talking to students about literary texts and the social, cultural, and political questions which they invite. He loves the many opportunities there are at St Paul’s to learn and to engage with colleagues and pupils who are bright and curious about the world and their roles in it.

As an inclusion specialist, Malcolm feels inspired in his work by young people who care deeply about social justice and who want to build more inclusive futures for themselves and others. As a new member of the school, Malcolm is particularly struck by the great sense of care and support that pupils and staff create for one another. He sees his role as essentially an opportunity to help foster a culture where diversity is valued and where every member of the school community finds belonging.

In his spare time, Malcolm is a keen playgoer and maintains active research interests in early modern literature and performance and literature of the African diaspora. He also enjoys hiking, an interest he shares with his partner, and has walked several pathways of the Camino de Santiago.

Katie Douglass

Director of Engineering and ICT

Katie joined St Paul’s in 2010 as a Teacher of Product Design, having completed her teacher training qualification and an Open University degree while teaching at a St Cecilia’s, a secondary school in Wandsworth. In 2016, she was appointed to the role of Director of ICT and, the following year, to Director of Engineering, which was expanded to include Head of Engineering for St Paul’s Juniors in 2020.

As Director of Engineering, Katie’s role is to develop the curriculum and department, manage the GCSE and A level qualifications, and line-manage and support her team. She is also responsible for developing the co-curricular activities for engineering, with lunchtime activities for all year groups, and for engineering outreach. She also continues to teach Product Design from Lower Second (Year 5) to Lower Eighth (Year 12).

In 2016, Katie started Firefly Racing at St Paul’s, now a hugely successful racing team, where she met her partner, Arthur. She was appointed Greenpower Ambassador for London, helping other London schools to start and run their own Greenpower Racing Teams.

As Director of ICT, Katie was appointed by Microsoft as a MIEE (Microsoft Innovative Educator) and is also a Google Certified Trainer. She is responsible for developing the curriculum and the training for all staff and pupils on the ICT systems in school. She is also the E-Safety Office for St Paul’s School, supporting colleagues in ensuring online safety for pupils.

Katie loves working with colleagues who share the same kind of passion about engineering and showing how amazing the subject can be. She also enjoys working with the younger boys and seeing their excitement with using tools for the first time, as well as seeing the same pupils develop into young men as they move through the school years.

Katie is a single parent to a now 20-year-old daughter. She initially studied Silversmithing and Jewellery and still enjoys a range of crafts including embroidery, sewing, and weaving, as well as writing a blog about crafting and gaming.

Iva Franjić

Teacher of Mathematics

Iva joined St Paul’s in 2020 as a Teacher of Mathematics. She studied Mathematics at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, gaining a MMath, MPhil and PhD.

She started her career at the same university as a Research Assistant, progressing to the role of Associate Professor. On relocating to the UK, Iva felt she needed a new challenge and moved into teaching mathematics in schools. She spent four very happy years at Ruthin School before accepting the role at St Paul’s.

At St Paul’s, Iva teaches Maths and Further Maths and across all year groups. She enjoys having the privilege of teaching bright and ambitious students, as well as the company of her work colleagues who are also academics of the highest calibre.

In her spare time, Iva enjoys spending time outdoors and travelling to explore other countries when Covid restrictions allow. Having only moved to London in this academic year, Iva is very much looking forward to exploring the capital and everything it has to offer.

Caroline Gill

Fourth Form Undermaster

Caroline started her professional career in Sales and Marketing for AstraZeneca before re- training to be a teacher.  She started her career in education at Paul’s Juniors in 2006 and taught there for seven years. She then wanted to focus on teaching her degree subject of political sciences, so after a time at Dulwich College as a History and Politics teacher, she returned to St Paul’s School as Head of Politics. She’s been back here for five years and has been Undermaster (Head of Year) to the Fourth Form for the last four.

As Undermaster, Caroline is responsible for setting the tone for the year group, getting the pupils settled into St Paul’s and establishing good work habits. She enjoys working with such bright and self-motivated pupils and the unpretentious and purposeful nature of the school. Alongside the wider pastoral care and wellbeing team, she’s also there as a support to any pupils who are finding things harder and enjoys the one-to-one meetings with pupils where she is able to help them.

Caroline looks forward to catching up with colleagues each day over lunch as there’s always someone interesting to sit and chat with. She also enjoys  the variety that her role offers between teaching and the wider pastoral care. Outside of work, Caroline can be found absorbing all the culture that London has to offer, enjoying the outdoors, trying to keep fit in the gym and spending time with family and friends.

Tom Killick

Deputy Head – Co-curricular

Tom joined St Paul’s School in 2012 after twelve years in the City as a trader. With both parents being University academics, teaching has always been present in his family, so Tom always knew he would want to change career. Tom’s first impressions of St Paul’s were of energy and enthusiastic activity, scholarly colleagues and pupils who always had something interesting to say.

Tom’s current role at the school is Deputy Head – Co-curricular, he is responsible for all activity which takes place outside of the academic curriculum. He is also a teacher of Mathematics and a coach of rowing, having been a previous President of the Boat Club.

During the time Tom has been at St Paul’s, he’s noticed the many physical changes to the campus, with new buildings completed during the renewal campaign, and also the composition of the Common Room, with new colleagues and more female teaching staff. However despite the changes he feels that the unique ethos of the school has been preserved.

Tom met his wife at the school, a teacher of French and German, and he now spends much of his spare time at home with his young family. He’s also a keen sportsman, enjoying rowing, cycling and triathlon, and he loves getting out on the River Thames during the long lunchbreak.

Becky Ryan

Facilities Manager

Becky came to St Paul’s following seven years working within facilities in the property and investment banking sector. She wanted a change from working with a corporate environment and the challenge of working in a new sector. She joined St Paul’s School in March 2019 as Operations Administrator and after 18 months was promoted to Facilities Manager.

Becky works closely with the Operations Director, supporting him on a day-to-day basis, as well as managing her Services Team. She is responsible for the smooth running of the school’s ‘soft services’ which includes cleaning, catering and general services. In particular, she has had to develop the cleaning element of the role which has been extremely important in ensuring the smooth running of the school during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Becky loves being part of the school community and finds it a special and unique place to work. She never knows what each day will bring, what changes will be required or what exciting news the pupils and staff have to offer. She also enjoys working alongside smart and friendly people and says: ‘my team and the operations department are the best bunch of people I have ever worked with and truly make the days worthwhile.’ In her spare time, Becky enjoys keeping fit with weight-training, kick-boxing and yoga.