Thames British School Madrid

Lea Gabbitas


BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics, PGCE, IPML

Professional background:
Early on in my teaching career, I spent five years teaching in Primary where 4 of those were in Early years. For the rest of the time, I have dedicated my teaching to the secondary school, teaching all ages and holding many different types of responsibility posts such as Head of Key stage 4 and also Head of Sixth form. I have worked in a large international school and now in a small, family orientated school here at Thames where I am delighted to work with other like-minded professionals who share the same educational philosophies and ensure the emotional and academic success of each child is the focal point of everything we do and strive for.

Alex Martinez

Head of Primary, Deputy Headteacher

BA Hons Linguistics (Lancaster University), PGCE (London Metropolitan University)

Professional background:
Having completed my PGCE in London, I returned to Madrid to work at a British School, firstly as a Primary teacher and English and Humanities Coordinator, and then as Head of Phase. After eleven years at the school, I moved to Shanghai, where I worked for four years as the Assistant Head of Primary, overseeing a department of nearly a thousand students. Throughout my teaching career, I have taught all of the age groups in Primary, from Nursery to Year 6. I am very excited to have joined Thames British School as Head of Primary on my return to Madrid, and ensuring the high standards in teaching and learning as well as the well-being of the pupils are maintained and developed further.

Daniel English

Head of Secondary

BA Honours Degree in Graphic Design, PGCE (Resistant Materials)

Professional background:
I have spent the first 8 years of my teaching career teaching at two secondary schools in Coventry, England. Whilst there, I was mostly a teacher of art and design however I have taught a variety of creative subjects such as resistant materials, product design, photography, fashion and textiles. My passion is art but my teaching qualification is actually in resistant materials. Just before coming out to Madrid, I was the Head of Art at a large Secondary school in England for four years.
I have lived in Madrid for nearly four years now and have worked at Thames British School for the same amount of time. I love Madrid and its culture, I feel very happy and settled here. I also really enjoy working at Thames, with such enthusiastic and interesting people.

Sarah Jones

Deputy Head of Primary

BA (Joint Hons) English and Theatre Studies (UCW Aberystwyth), PGCE (Leeds University)

I began teaching English Literature and Drama at Secondary Schools and a Sixth Form College in the UK. Subsequently, I taught in Turkey for three years followed by a seven year stint in a Community Secondary School in Botswana, where I was head of English and Humanities. Upon returning to the UK, I moved to Primary where I spent twenty years working in Years 4 to 6 and utilising my expertise in English to support children, colleagues and other local schools to improve their Reading and Writing outcomes. I am very much enjoying the family atmosphere at Thames and working with such great pupils and colleagues. I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the further development of teaching and learning at Thames and to help ensure that every pupil feels valued.

Sophie Heaton

Deputy Head of Primary

BA Hons History (Lancaster University), PGCE Primary (University of Cumbria), MSc Psychology (University of Derby)

I have worked in various educational settings, such as international schools, colleges and universities for over ten years. In doing so, I have developed a distinct awareness of how children learn and what factors influence their learning. I am particularly interested in the ways mental and physical health impact children's wellbeing and academic success and am passionate about working to improve these. I am very excited to be working as the Deputy Head of Primary (Pastoral) at Thames British School, where I have the opportunity to support children with their academic and personal development and in doing so help them live happier and healthier lives.

Eppie Howe

Deputy head of Secondary, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Teacher of Chemistry

MA(Hons) University of Edinburgh, PGCE Sheffield Hallam University

Professional Background:
I trained as a teacher because I wanted to create a positive learning environment for every student. My specialisms include curriculum development and I quickly obtained leadership positions within the department, becoming head of department in my second year of qualifying. In the UK, I worked in alternative provisions and special schools, developing my passion for individualising learning to support students with learning needs. I look forward to combining my pedagogical and pastoral interests in my new roles at Thames British School.

I began my teaching adventure through the Teach First program, teaching Mathematics full time while studying pedagogy. I took responsibility for teaching and learning across the department, progressing to the role of Head of Mathematics, where I strived to instill a love for the subject in my students. I transitioned to Special Education, leading a department of seven then fourteen teachers in specialist settings. This experience not only strengthened my resolve but also deepened my understanding of the diverse challenges students face, inspiring me to integrate practical problem-solving into my teaching approach.

In my roles of Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Deputy Head of Secondary (Pastoral) at Thames British School, I have the privilege of being an advocate for all students. I am excited about the next step of my educational journey and empowering all students to reach their full potential.

Jorge Aguado Villameytide

Director Técnico

History Degree (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Patrimonio Histórico Escrito Master´s Degree (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Formación del Profesorado Master´s Degree (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera Master´s Degree (Universidad Internacional de Valencia).

Professional background:
In the educational sector, I began my professional career in public schools in the Community of Madrid teaching lessons and educational support in the area of Humanities.
For the last 7 years I have been teaching Spanish Culture, Philosophy, Geography and Spanish Language in British schools.
For the last 5 years, I have been part of the Thames British school family where I have had the opportunity to give a much more personalized type of teaching.

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