The EMBS team is comprised of well-qualified teachers and specialist staff that are passionate, caring and committed to supporting all our students. Our staff are drawn from a range of communities, backgrounds and understandings, so that we can reflect and represent the student population we support.

We work hard to develop your confidence, skill set and wellbeing.

Zahid Bhatti

Principal & Chief Executive

Shabnam Sabir

Business and Communities Manager

Alex Warden

Vice Principal for Adults

Ingrid Widdows


Matt Johnson

Business Manager

Jo Prentice

Funding & Systems Coordinator

John Armstrong

Youth Opportunities & Welfare Coordinator

Sarah McFadden

Community College Teacher

Nazia Kusar

Sixth Form Administration Coordinator

Katie Tuck

Community College Teacher

Beccy Mullett

Community College Teacher & Teaching Lead

Sidrah Khaliq

Youth Opportunities & Welfare Officer

Mariana Koca

Funding & Systems Officer

Roberto Iarussi

Funding & Systems Officer

Aakifah Khan

Funding & Systems Officer

Tasneem Khan

Community College Teacher

Azmat Khaliq

Community College Teacher

Samina Qureshi

Community College Teacher

Charmian Richards

Community College Teacher

Andy Bedlow

Community College Teacher

Lorna Burchell

Community College Teacher

Sean Brophy

Community College Teacher

Our staff are not only passionate about learning but passionate about making learning work for everyone.


«...I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family.... »

«I arrived in this country four months ago, without any confidence in my English and really scared to be an independent person at sixteen. I didn't know what my next steps were since the education in my country is really different. One day, my aunt bought me to EMBS. At the beginning I was really insecure as I didn't even know how to use the bus and get there, it made me feel like a child surrounded by grown up people that didn’t understand me at all. Ever since I started to study here, everything negative that I used to feel has changed completely. I’ve got to meet amazing people like Jo and Jane, who took care of me and were concerned about my future. I’ve also got to make amazing friends like Aisha and Abner that always make me laugh and feel positive about life. Of course, this is not the only thing that the EMBS has given me: they also are deeply involved in my education and they help me in any way possible to achieve my purpose, which is go to university and study human rights. If I am being honest, I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family. »


«...I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.... »

«Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and often felt very awkward to start conversations with people around me, I never spoke unless I was spoken to but after a few months of being here I gained confidence and was able to communicate with other people comfortably, made good friends and feel like I knew myself. I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.»


«...The staff are really nice and friendly.... »

«Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and not confident, I used to be very afraid to speak English outside of college. But after several months, EMBS helped me to gain more confidence and especially improve my spoken and written English. The staff are really nice and friendly.»