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Principal

A. Duckollari

Ajla graduated from Cardiff University in 2011, where she completed her BA (Hons) in Business Management. Shortly after completing her Bachelor’s degree, Ajla joined Oxford Business College as an Admissions Officer and slowly worked her way up to the position of Senior Manager within the admissions and marketing department.

She then left the college after 5 years of service to further develop her skills within the education sector and has since worked for multiple UK HE institutions in senior management roles.

In 2019, Ajla took a sabbatical in order to undertake a Postgraduate course at Ulster University, where she completed an MSc in Marketing.. In addition to this, she was able to complete a short programme in Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets at Harvard University in the same year. Whilst studying, Ajla took on the role of Head of Recruitment and Marketing at CEC, where she primarily focused on growing the company to an international level and supporting its many young students to join top UK schools.

While working in education for over a decade, Ajla has always shown great determination to support students in reaching their educational goals. The founding of Oxford Online School is a further step in this process and through it, she hopes to reach out to even more students around the world to help them achieve academic and social success.

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Head of Academic/ History & Sociology Teacher

A. Benton

Ms Benton education journey began at CATS College Canterbury, where I undertook A Levels in History, Economics, and Sociology. Currently, Ms Benton is finishing my MPhil at the University of Cambridge in Education (Knowledge, Power, Politics).

She hold a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Political Sociology and a bachelor’s in Ancient History from King’s College London.  Throughout her academic journey, Ms Benton have underpinned a love and passion for pursuing knowledge, equitable distribution, and access to academia in all of my work. Ms Benton current dissertation in education uses historical, sociological methods to track and analyse the induction of patriotism and modes of citizenship in policy and curriculum.

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Head of Student Recruitment

L. Schmidt

Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Demography and Tourism and also has over 25 years of international experience in the luxury hotel and travel industries, where she has worked with many well-known brands. Fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, Laura is a truly multicultural executive: she has lived in New York, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Oxford.

Consequently, she has a broad understanding of other cultures, including those of many countries that are either clients or suppliers of Oxford Online Learning.

This experience means that Laura can be depended upon to provide the required synergy and service to attain the level of excellence we expect our prospective students and their families to demand. As a mother of two globally-multilingual young adults, who have studied in both Spain and the UK, she has experienced first hand the concerns of learners studying abroad and their families.

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Economics Teacher

A. Budd

After studying Accounting and Finance at University, Adrian worked as an Accountant for several years, finally becoming a Chartered Accountant in 2001. He then progressed to teaching professional Accountancy qualifications part-time in the evenings before moving on to teach full-time in 2004.

Since this date, Adrian has worked at a number of select schools in both the state and private sector, with the majority of his time spent at tutorial colleges. His preference is for teaching small groups or one-to-one tuition, both of which have proven from personal experience to be particularly effective. He is equally at home teaching Accounting, Business or Economics, giving him a broad spectrum of knowledge that enhances his teaching credentials.

His time at tutorial colleges has also meant an almost exclusive focus on A Level and GCSE classes, He is familiar with all of the major Exam Boards but has recently tended to focus on Edexcel, which is currently part of the Pearson educational group. We are delighted to have him working for us at Oxford Online due to his excellent record of results and his expertise in exam preparation.

In addition to exam success, Adrian likes his students to take an interest in the subjects outside of his lessons, encouraging them to follow a variety of media and to make use of the many online resources available to them. He believes that those who do this tend to cope particularly well in business-related subjects. In the past year, he has taught many students purely online and has found such independent learning techniques particularly effective as students have more to offer in lessons, can share resources and keep abreast of business developments and terminology. His passion for teaching stems from seeing the improvement that students make in a short time with the correct guidance and attitude, and then being able to watch them fulfil their potential.

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Economics Teacher

Roald Morgan, MA (Oxon)

Roald pursued his studies at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he honed his academic prowess. With an impressive teaching career spanning over two decades, Roald has primarily focused on instructing students in economics at the A-level.

Although born and educated in the UK, Roald is half German and spent a decade living and working in Spain. He is a great believer in international education and in the importance of developing language skills. This invaluable period significantly shaped his worldview, reinforcing his belief in the power of international education and the profound importance of nurturing language skills. Roald is dedicated to fostering a dynamic educational environment that empowers students to become global citizens, enabling them to navigate an increasingly interconnected world with cultural fluency and intellectual acuity.

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EPQ and Economic Teacher

Dr. M. Yusuf

Dr Yusuf has previously graduated from four different universities, where he has specialized in economics, accountancy, finance, and actuarial mathematics. In 2015, Moosa completed his chartered accountancy qualification from ACCA (UK), and worked as a part-time accountant alongside his studies in the United Arab Emirates. In 2017, Moosa graduated with his BA in Economics (Cum Laude – first equivalent) from the American University of Sharjah. 

During the course of his study, Moosa was also a student tutor appointed by the School of Business Administration as an hourly paid tutor under the student-tutoring scheme. Moosa has also gathered teaching experience for a year as a part-time lecturer at a financial training center in the United Arab Emirates, tutoring subjects in finance and accountancy for the ACCA qualification. Moosa also completed his BSc in accounting from the Oxford Brookes University and graduated with his MSc in accountancy from the University of London, through a research-based pathway offered to ACCA affiliates. Meanwhile, he pursued his passion in economics by studying for his MSc in economics at the University of Nottingham, where he passed his degree with a merit, and a distinction in his dissertation. In 2019, Moosa started his doctoral research in economics at the University of Salford. During his doctoral study, Moosa has published his research in a reputed economics journal, presented his research at three different conferences, and provided a series of seminars in quantitative research methods for postgraduate researchers at the University of Salford. In February 2022, Moosa joined the Oxford Online School, as an economics tutor and a mentor for students wanting to pursue their extended project qualification (EPQ) in economics and related fields. His pedagogical approach emphasizes on the importance of conceptual learning that helps students understand key phenomena that are situated at the core of their subjects. This is achieved by starting from the basics of every topic, using relevant case studies, and establishing inter-disciplinary links that enable the students to form connections between what they have learnt and what they will be learning.
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English Teacher

V.Burns

Ms Burns read English and Sociology at Liverpool Hope University, where she achieved a BA Combined Honours Degree in English/Sociology. Since, Ms. Burns has worked in many different Education Settings, from Nurseries to Primary Schools and Secondary Schools. With over 24 years of work experience in the field, her specialism is in English/Literacy.
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Biology Teacher

Dr.K. Swe

Dr. Swe is a medical doctor and cancer research scientist at Cancer Research UK. She received my Masters in Cancer Research and Precision Oncology from the University of Glasgow. She have been teaching Biology and preparing students for Medicine for more than six years whilst working as a clinician scientist.
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Spanish Language Teacher

Ms. E. Alonso-Ezbakh

Ms Alonso-Ezbakh completed a BA in Spanish Philology as well as a C.A.P (Spanish teaching qualification) at Universidad de Oviedo, Spain. After moving to London and undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), she began a teaching career that has spanned over two decades. Prior to joining Oxford Online School. Ms Alonso- Ezbakh created and established a successful Spanish Department at one of London’s biggest Sixth Form Colleges, where she oversaw the planning, delivering and assessment of the A level Spanish programme.
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Business and Economics Teacher

Ms R.Rai

Ms Rai holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with Mathematics and Statistics. She completed her Master specializing in Econometrics. With approximately ten years of experience teaching Economics and Business Studies, Ms. Rai has taught on boards such as International Baccalaureate, Edexcel, Cambridge, and AP. Ms Rai has also served as an examiner for International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), Edexcel, and WJEC CBAC (Economics and Business).
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Turkish Language Teacher

Ms B. Ozbal

Ms. Ozbal graduated from Istanbul University and completed her PGCE at the same uni. She is a passionate and dedicated high school teacher from Istanbul, Turkey, now teaching GCSE and A-Level, and also working as an assessment associate at Pearson UK for GCSE/IGCSE Turkish exam.

During her education life, she has developed herself in research, self-motivation, entrepreneurship, and acquiring different skills. She had the opportunity to see 30+ countries with her travel, discover, and learn motto, and she aims to carry this vision further by touching the lives of her students and the environment.
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Mathematics Teacher

B. Solly

Ben is an exceptionally talented mathematician who has dedicated his life to the pursuit and teaching of mathematics. He obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from the prestigious Warwick University, renowned for its strong focus on mathematical education and research.
Throughout his academic journey, Ben demonstrated exceptional skills and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. He achieved remarkable success, ranking among the top 100 participants in several renowned mathematics Olympiads. His participation in these competitions not only showcased his exceptional problem-solving abilities but also highlighted his passion for exploring the intricacies of mathematical puzzles and challenges. Driven by his love for mathematics and a desire to share his knowledge with others, Ben embarked on a teaching career over five years ago. Since then, he has been inspiring and guiding countless students in their mathematical journeys. His unique ability to break down complex concepts into understandable and relatable terms has earned him a reputation as an outstanding educator.
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Physics and Mathematics Teacher

Dr Ibicek

Dr. Ibicek is an accomplished professional with a diverse background in education and a strong passion for teaching. Holding a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Dr Ibicek has been sharing her expertise and knowledge with students since 2008, covering  GCSE and A-level Mathematics and Physics. 

With an impressive academic background and years of teaching experience, Dr Ibicek  brings a wealth of knowledge and practical understanding to the virtual classroom. Specializing in Mathematics and Physics, she has been an integral part of the Oxford Online School  for the past three years, delivering exceptional instruction and guidance to students worldwide.Beyond her role as a subject teacher, Dr. Ibicek plays a pivotal role in assisting students applying for competitive schools and universities globally. She understands the intricacies of the application process and strives to help students present themselves in the best possible light, ensuring they stand out among their peers. Moreover, Dr Ibicek has successfully guided students in preparing for national and international Olympiads, helping them excel and achieve their goals in these prestigious academic competitions. Dr. Ibicek’s  extensive experience, educational achievements, and commitment to student achievement make her a highly valued member of the Oxford Online School community. Her passion for education, combined with her exceptional teaching abilities, ensures that students under her guidance receive an outstanding and transformative learning experience.
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Russian Language Teacher

G. Samylicheva

Galiya is a highly skilled and passionate Russian Language Tutor with extensive experience in teaching Russian at the GCSE and A-level levels. She completed her studies at the prestigious Pushkin Russian State Language Institute, known for its excellence in language education.
Having developed a deep understanding of Russian language, literature, and culture during her time at Pushkin Institute, Galiya embarked on a teaching career in 2013. Since then, she has been sharing her knowledge and expertise with students, helping them excel in their Russian language studies. Galiya’s teaching experience extends to various independent schools, including her notable contribution to Queen Ethelburga’s School. Her commitment to providing a high-quality education, coupled with her dedication to her students’ success, has made her a respected figure in the field of Russian language instruction.
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Computer Science Teacher

G. Howe

Gareth is a dedicated and experienced Computer Science tutor with a strong academic background and a wealth of practical industry experience. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education (PGCSE) from Sheffield University, which has equipped him with the necessary pedagogical skills to effectively teach computer science.
Gareth’s passion for technology and his desire to share his knowledge led him to pursue a career in teaching after several years working as a Computer System Engineer. He holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Information Technology from Liverpool University, where he honed his technical skills and gained a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of computer science. With his extensive industry experience as a Computer System Engineer, Gareth brings a practical perspective to his teaching, allowing students to grasp the real-world applications of computer science concepts. He believes in bridging the gap between theory and practice, ensuring that his students not only understand the fundamental principles but also develop the skills necessary to excel in the rapidly evolving field of computer science.
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Music Teacher

Nicole Allison BMus (Ed) HDE

Nicole is an experienced music educator with a passion for teaching and inspiring students of all ages. With over 30 years of teaching experience in the United Kingdom, Nicole originally trained in Cape Town, South Africa. Her expertise lies in teaching GCSE and A level Music, where she has dedicated over half of her career.

Nicole thrives on discovering unique methods and strategies that motivate individuals to reach their full potential in performing, composing, and honing their listening skills. She firmly believes in tailoring her approach to suit the needs and interests of each student, fostering a love for music and helping them achieve their personal best.In addition to her expertise in music theory and education, Ms. Allison is also a skilled piano instructor. In September 2022, Ms. Allison joined the esteemed Oxford Online School, where she has quickly become a valuable member of the teaching team. Her commitment to excellence and her dedication to nurturing musical talent make her an invaluable asset to the school and its students.

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Psychology Teacher

Ms Perveen

Ms Perveen holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She went on to compete her PGCE at the Institute of Education at University College of London. She has over 12 years of experience teaching in several schools including high achieving academic independent schools based in England. 
She has taught Psychology, Sociology and the EPQ with several examination boards including AQA, OCR and WJEC. She completed her MSc in 2012 specializing in Occupational Psychology with the University of Leicester. Ms Perveen is currently a senior examiner for Psychology (AQA) and an EPQ external moderator. She also works as an EPQ subject specialist advisor for the AQA board.
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