Sarah is the Headteacher of The London Acorn School as well as one of the original founders of the school. She has worked in senior roles across both state and private education and has a degree in Italian Language and History, plus another degree in Graphic Design where she specialised in illustration. Her teaching specialism is in Design Technology and she has a special interest in the development of creativity.

She spends her spare time gardening, studying Tai Chi and drawing comics and storyboards.

Zoe is the Deputy Head at TLAS as well as a Class Teacher. Zoe has a background in both Steiner and State teaching; she uses these different skills to create a blended approach to education at The London Acorn School. With an MA in Applied Theatre, Zoe makes the curriculum come alive with drama and storytelling. As a qualified Mountain Leader, Zoe is also passionate about the outdoors and caring for the natural world. In her spare time, Zoe is likely to be campervanning with her young family at the coast or in the mountains.

Emily joined The London Acorn School in 2018 having worked within the financial sector for over 18 years – 7 years of this within Independent Education. As our School Business Manager and part of the senior leadership team, Emily manages the efficient day to day functioning of the School office and support staff. Away from school, Emily keeps busy with her young family and enjoys cycling, swimming and spending time outdoors.

Stacey is the school’s SENCo as well as a Class Teacher. Stacey is a qualified and experienced Waldorf teacher from South Africa. 

She has taught at both primary and high school level since 2010, including working one-to-one. Experienced in both graphic design and TEFL colour, Stacey’s teaching strategies support her special area of interest – building resilience in children.

Foraging, homesteading and craft are great passions of hers. These are eagerly shared with the children both in class and through Woodland Craft.

Tamara joined the London Acorn School as an Administration Officer in January 2018 after moving to the UK from Switzerland, she has now taken on the Admission Officer role as well, and helps with all aspect of the School. With several family members attending school, she was already familiar with our unique philosophy. With Tamara’s hands-on approach she has established an in-depth knowledge of the schools’ operations giving her the opportunity to get to know each pupil as an individual. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys discovering London and its’ rich international population.

Helga has been a Kindergarten teacher since 2002 and joined the London Acorn School in 2016 after finishing her Steiner Early Years Teacher Training Course.  She finds the Steiner approach very inspiring and she loves being with the children. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.

Ya-Hsin has been working in education since 1999 gaining valuable experience as a primary school teacher in three different types of schools in Taiwan while also promoting ethical living and organic agriculture to adults in her spare time. Ya-Hsin joined TLAS in 2016 as a Kindergarten Assistant. She enjoys watching dance performances, appreciates visual arts and is interested in exploring different cultural traditions through travelling. As a keen gardener, Ya-Hsin spends a lot of her free time on her allotments. She loves cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Ola has been teaching since 2006 working in both primary and secondary schools in Poland. Inspired by her parents who are both teachers, she received her Masters degree in 2010 and moved to London where she worked as a nanny and spent time teaching in a Polish School. Ola joined The London Acorn School in January 2018 as an Afterschool Club Assistant and in February 2019 she became a Kindergarten Assistant. Ola really enjoys working with children helping them grow and develop their skills.

Blerta is the newest member of the Kindergarten Team, bringing a wealth of experience in mainstream and alternative settings to the role of Kindergarten Assistant.

Jessie has been working in education since 2015 and joined The London Acorn School as a Kindergarten assistant.  She is a keen gardener and horticulturist and regularly assists with Woodland Craft lessons. Jessie is currently studying for her Level 5 Waldorf Early Years qualification and in her spare time she enjoys gardening and exploring the natural world.

Martin started teaching in 2003, coming from a sports coaching background. He trained in central London and then worked in different schools across Sutton, Kingston and Merton. He recently moved to the independent school and taught in a prep school for 3 years before joining the London Acorn School in 2020 as the Woodwork Teacher.

Karin joined the teaching profession in 2002, specialising in Early Years. She joined The London Acorn School in September 2018 as our Woodland Craft Leader. Karin continues to run her own studio where she writes, tells stories, and designs/performs shadow puppet theatre. In her spare time, Karin likes playing music, fabric printing, and walking in the forest as often as possible.

Jody began teaching Multisports Club at The London Acorn School in 2021. Since then, he has become the school’s Games Teacher and Caretaker. He brings a wealth of sporting experience, offering the students a variety of games that are both fun and challenging.

Jo Pearce (BA Hons) has been a Parent and Child Group Leader since 2012. Informed by her Holistic Baby and Childcare qualification and therapeutic practice of Reflexology and Baby Massage, Jo enjoys attuning to parents’ needs and role modelling connection. Her own time is spent in woodland and walking with her husband and dog, swimming and nature connection with her three children, camping and feasting with friends.

Howard joined us in 2021 as our French Teacher and engages the children with learning a foreign language through games, songs, drama and hands-on activities.

Emma has worked in education since 2001. Her roles have included SEN teaching assistant, literacy and numeracy support in small groups and higher level teaching assistant. She has taught children from nursery age to year six. She joined The London Acorn School in 2020 as the after school club leader. She enjoys being creative and brings this to her role doing many different craft activities with the children. She is a qualified yoga teacher and runs yoga club in school. Her spare time is spent doing yoga, walking and cycling.

Laura has recently joined The London Acorn School as our science teacher. Laura holds a BSc and PhD in Biomedical Science and has previously had a career as a research scientist, with a specialism in Immunology. She has always had a passion for science education and has actively volunteered as a STEM ambassador for over 9 years, facilitating science fairs and workshops to inspire and engage young people in science. Laura also has experience as a science tutor for GCSE and A level biology and as an interactive science workshop presenter in primary schools.

In her spare time, she enjoys singing and performing at open mic nights, practising yoga and travelling the world.
Doug is an artist, illustrator, and consultant. He’s worked in organisational development, community art and educational roles since 2012. Doug’s art practice encompasses a wide range of processes and techniques, including drawing, painting, stencil art, 3D work, printmaking, and land art. You’ll often find him near the River Wandle or at his studio in Oaks Park, drawing inspiration for his art from the natural world around us.

Arianna is a Teaching Assistant at The London Acorn School. Arianna has been working in education since 2021, previously working as a learning support assistant in a secondary school. She also has previous experience as a childcare assistant in a forest school nursery. Arianna holds a BA(Hons) in sociology, which included educational, childhood and developmental psychology modules. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, baking and travelling.

Lily is a Teaching Assistant at The London Acorn School. She spent a year in Spain working in both primary and high school settings as a language assistant as part of her Spanish degree. As someone who loves nature, foraging and exploring, she is also making the most of her role as Woodland Craft assistant.

Without Aneta, The London Acorn School wouldn’t be the same. She is our dutiful School Housekeeper and enables us to offer a warm welcome to our cosy cottage by keeping it sparkling clean.