Meet our Heads of Department:




Mr Ben Bentley

Head of Maths

Interests and Hobbies: Massive fan of sport whether playing, watching or just generally talking about it. Often found at Stamford Bridge attending Chelsea matches. Spending quality time with friends especially over a Friday night dinner.

Favourite Meal: Meat meal – nothing beats a good steak and chips with some charif (spicy) sauce. Dairy – you can’t go wrong with a typical Italian pizza or pasta.

Dislikes: Tottenham, Leeds and Milwall. In that order. Oh and good manners are essential.

During Lockdown I have… Nearly completed Netflix. Amazon Prime you have been warned. Begun running 5Ks and completing two a week and playing tennis three times a week. Zoom quizzes (they were actually a thing) and a lot of FaceTime/Zoom/House Party chats.









Mrs Jayne Waxman

Head of English

Interests and Hobbies: As a mum of three, my time is limited but when I do have some time to myself, I’ll more often than not spend it reading!  I also love spending an evening out at the theatre or at a comedy club. My all time favourites include the most recent staging of  ‘Summer and Smoke’ – which was astonishing –  NYT’s version of ‘Othello’ and a musical called ‘Finding Neverland’, which I watched on Broadway and it brought me to tears!

Favourite Meal: For me, it’s an afternoon tea! There’s something really indulgent about a glass of something sparkly, with some fresh scones and cream. I don’t get to enjoy this often but it’s one of my all time favourite ways to spend time with friends.

Dislikes: Monopoly. Wasps. Gardening. Emptying the dishwasher. Behaviour that is rude or disrespectful.

During Lockdown I have: I bought a Pelaton Bike at the start of lockdown and now really enjoy cycling and spin classes – which is a huge surprise! I’ve also watched with pride as my two older children have taught themselves how to play the guitar and drums during this period.  I’d also say, during lockdown, I’ve really just enjoyed the time we’ve spent together as a family. We’ve spent our evenings watching all the Harry Potter movies – again – and we are now working our way through the entire Marvel Universe movies… in chronological order! That has been the loveliest part of it all.




Mr Ben Gordon

Head of Jewish Studies

Interests and Hobbies: I enjoy playing sports and going on bike rides. I support Arsenal. I enjoy reading any of the David Baldacci books as they are full of adventure and mystery. When I have time, I like to cook and bake which keeps me busy. Any left over time, I enjoy watching TV to relax.

Favourite Meal: Steak or Ribs with chips.

Dislikes: Rudeness, Giving up too easily, lying and Spurs.

During Lockdown I have… gone on lots of walks and explored the local area with my family. I have tackled a paint by number as well as gone on lots of bike rides! I have even managed to finish reading a number of books as well as cook and bake a few treats.







Ms Liza Merrett

Head of Science

Interests and Hobbies: I love being outdoors, either walking or running, I really enjoy the gym – mostly HIIT classes or spinning. It’s a good thing I like exercise because I also love cooking and eating out! I have two children both at university and a slightly mad cat called Faye who is very lazy and demands lots of attention when she wakes up. I support West Ham (someone has to) and so I’m used to disappointment and the occasional success in sport, I have really missed watching football, tennis and athletics during the lockdown. I like reading and try to read fiction and non-fiction – I like books about science particularly genetics and genomes.

Favourite Meal: Chicken curry, rice, naan, spinach bhaji or smashed avocado on sourdough bread with a poached egg on top for brunch.

Dislikes: Rudeness, bananas, cleaning!

During Lockdown I have… Really missed my gym, not just the exercise but all my friends that I meet there, we all motivate each other. I have stayed in touch with my students and been really proud of how they have been working.  I have been running more than normal and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine. I have also taken some new courses to improve my teaching skills and taught my parents to Facetime.




Mrs Michele Iasonos

Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Interests and Hobbies:I enjoy pilates which I have recently started. You are never too old! I like walking along the pathways and through the fields around where I live, with and without a grand dog. I spend a lot of time playing with my grandchildren, which I thoroughly enjoy.

Favourite Meal: Crepes with blueberries and cream.

Dislikes: rudeness, horror films and chicory.

During Lockdown I have… watched Netflix, rediscovered my love of books and baking and spent hours on Zoom either playing quizzes or just catching up!




Mr Nick Ladd

Head of Humanities

Interests and Hobbies: History, Politics, Golf and Music.

Favourite Meal: Steak and Chips with Salad.

Dislikes: Fruit.

During Lockdown I have… Worked on getting fitter.







 Mr Andy Layton

Head of PE

Interests and Hobbies: I enjoy playing a variety of sports ranging from Golf to Swimming to Football. Surprising I know!!!! I currently play football every Saturday afternoon for Old Finchleians FC and my position is in goal. I also like to keep active during the week by going out for early morning runs and HITT workouts. During my time off, I like traveling around the world and visiting as many different cultures as possible. In recent years I have travelled to Vietnam, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bali to name a few. If I’m not playing sport or traveling, I do like a good video game.

Favourite Meal: Picking a favourite meal is very hard for me as I LOVE food and will eat almost anything. But I do enjoy a good large pizza with a side of garlic bread.

Dislikes: People that lie, Rudeness, Wasps & Deluded football fans.

During Lockdown I have… been on a steady health kick after I ate far too many Easter Eggs. I have started the longest pre-season fitness training programme ever, ready for whenever the football season starts. This includes running in the mornings, some HITT workouts, yoga sessions and long dog walks. I have been reminiscing about my past holidays and what could have been, as I was planning to go to Peru, Brazil and Miami this summer. I have also been watching a number of movies and TV series, which includes re-watching the whole Marvel Franchise and Game of Thrones box set. Now that sport is FINALLY returning I am able to watch all the football and F1 I want!!!!!





Mrs Emily Linton

Head of Creative Arts

Interests and Hobbies: I love anything to do with art and being creative. When I have time I like to paint and am always looking for new DIY projects. I enjoy reading, going to the cinema and spending time with my friends. I love anything outdoors, going for nice walks and picnics. Most of all I enjoy spending time with my three young children and family is really important to me.

Favourite Meal: Chinese Food – Metsuyan is the best!

Dislikes: Peanut Butter.

During Lockdown I have… enjoyed spending time with my children; teaching them how to cook, paint and be creative. I have done a lot of gardening and gone on some lovely walks.






Mrs Linda Levy

Data Manager

Interests and Hobbies: I really enjoy cooking and trying new recipes on my family. I have also found a new hobby in boating. I love the peace and quiet of the waterways and it’s a great opportunity to relax and de-stress.

Favourite Meal: I really enjoy anything with salmon – especially Sushi. Also all types of cheesecake!!

Dislikes: Laziness.

During Lockdown I have…learned how much I like being outdoors. I have been on many lovely walks and discovered parts of my local area that I didn’t know existed. I have enjoyed using all the latest technology like FaceTime, Zoom etc. to keep in touch with friends and family. It’s been like having them in the room with me and this has been really important in keeping me focused and happy during this time.



Mrs Sarah Max

Head of Informal Jewish Education

Interests and Hobbies:  I really enjoy cooking, experimenting with new recipes and trying them out on my friends and family.

Favourite Meal: Friday night dinner.  I look forward to a bowl of chicken soup all week.

Dislikes: Rudeness, lies, tomatoes and peppers.

During Lockdown I have…  Started to make my own challah and it is delicious.  I have really appreciated my garden and spending time outdoors.




Mr Brandon Pieters

Head of Business, Computing and Travel

Interests and Hobbies: DIY, Golf, Football, Gardening and Excel spreadsheets.

Favourite Meal: Chicken Schnitzel.

Dislikes: Average food and poorly designed spreadsheets.

During Lockdown I have…Made a lot of spreadsheets and Landscaped my garden.






Yavneh College’s broad range of subjects and extra curricular activities helps create the perfect environment for students to flourish.  The teachers are approachable, caring and fun to be around. This helps everyone feel part of the Yavneh family.

Student, Year 11