We are extremely proud of our highly experienced and dynamic teaching corps. Our teachers have been handpicked and most of them have been teaching international curricula for many years and with great success.
Our Principal, Mrs Marilís Pieters, is a visionary leader with a real passion for education and students. Marilís is especially keen to further establish the reputation of TBA’s excellent academic track record which has gone from strength to strength. Her focus for 2015 is to grow and expand what is the best academic programme in Pretoria.
She has taught Biology, Life Sciences and Food Sciences for more than 25 years at both Secondary and Tertiary level of education.
Marilis completed her studies and teaching qualification at The University of the North West (Potchefstroom Campus).
Most recently she has taught at Cornwall Hill College, as well as the Technical University of Tshwane, where she has been involved in teacher training.
Marilis has an interest and compassion in the holistic development of a young adult. She believes education involves more than just conveying subject knowledge, it also involves the responsibility of educators to mould and guide the students in their care towards well balanced young adults.
She has been involved in numerous social awareness projects such as Rhino poaching programs and has assisted Rotary International in fund raising projects.
Marilis served on syllabus task committees throughout her teaching career and was also involved in compiling new course material which was used at various Technical Colleges.
Head of Humanities & Literature
Dr Peter Farrands has achieved exceptional results in A Level Literature and History examinations over the last five years with no less than 6 students achieving a top ten world result in their disciplines.
Peter began teaching in Zimbabwe back in 1984 working for one of the new rural secondary schools teaching Literature under the Cambridge system. Since then he has worked on three continents at all levels including; Sixth Form college, University and a Teaching College.
He returned to England in 1986 where he attended Westminster, Oxford to earn his Post Graduate Certificate in Education before completing a year’s probation in an inner city school outside Portsmouth, England.
Around this time he began work on his doctoral thesis on Southern African Literature and Politics, which he completed in Botswana in 1994 during South Africa’s first democratic elections. The early nineties were spent teaching Literature and running a new Media Studies department at The Sixth Form College Farnborough before the pull of Africa became too much and he returned, ending up taking a position in the English department at Molepolole Teachers College, near Gaberone, Botswana.
In 1997 he moved to Nicaragua in Central America where he worked for the University of Mobile’s Central American campus and from there to Peru. It was during this period that his two sons Samuel and Oliver were born.
He returned to South Africa in 2001 and has worked for both the English department of the University of the Witwatersrand and for UNISA.
His results include a catalogue of top ten students in the world for both A’ Level Literature and A’ Level History.
Head of Sciences
Physicist Author Teacher
As physicist Marianne did research at the De Beers Diamond Research Laboratories, as well as at the University of Pretoria where she operated the particle accelerator for several years.
She holds an honours degree in atomic physics from Stellenbosch University, as well as a Masters in solid state physics from the University of Pretoria.
Marianne has taught mathematics, physics and chemistry at both tertiary and secondary level for about 25 years.
She is the author of a chemistry book called “The Mole Whole” and also plays the flute, having obtained her Grade 8 certificate from the Royal Schools of Music.
Art and German
Andrea completed her Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts at UNISA.
She has taught Art and Design and German second language IGCSE and A-Level according to the Cambridge system for about 7 years.
Andrea exhibits Art at Galleries around Pretoria and she plays the flute in the orchestra PYPO.
Belinda van der Westhuizen
Belinda van der Westhuizen has a BSc degree in Biochemistry and is currently finishing her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Pretoria.
Invited research visits to Ireland and Germany respectively allowed her to gain expert training in organometallic research. Most of her work has been presented at international conferences and published in internationally peer reviewed journals.
For the past 7 years she has been teaching chemistry at secondary and tertiary levels.
As hobbies, Belinda plays the piano, having obtained her Grade 7 at UNISA. She is also a keen road runner and has completed the Comrades marathon in 2009. At the moment her hobby interests are more focused toward ballroom dancing in which she started her Gold medal standard.
A2 Chemistry and Physics
Jana obtained her BSc degree in Mathematics (specializing in Finance). She then moved on to do her Honor’s in Education and is currently completing her Master’s Degree.
Jana has extensive experience in teaching Cambridge AS and A Level subjects, specifically maths, science and accounting.
Jana’s passion is to convey knowledge in a way each student will be able to relate to.
Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics
Nicole Smout obtained her B.Ed (FET) Natural Sciences degree majoring in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics at the University of Pretoria.
She achieved great academic results at the University and became a part of Golden Key.
Nicole’s passion for Mathematics and Physical Sciences is exemplified in her approach to learners where her focused and individual attention ensure that her students truly achieve their potential.
Nicole’s aim is to obtain her Masters in Educational Psychology in order to help learners obtain their full potential inside and outside of the classroom.
Business Studies, Economics and Accounting
Samantha McGregor obtained her Bcom Statistics (majoring in Economics) degree at University of Pretoria where she obtained Golden Key status and her PGCE.
Being heavily involved in extracurricular activities (she is still an active swimming instructor and enjoys a multitude of sports), she understands and promotes a balanced lifestyle and helps students with day to day problems, from time management to peer pressure.
In her role as a coach, tutor and mentor Samantha promotes both academic growth and personal development. Her aim is developing holistic well rounded individuals.
The British Academy has a number of excellent and helpful support staff.
Yolanda Bester is the Registrar and Head of Administration at The British Academy.
Together with her husband, the CEO of The British Academy, Yolanda has played a vital role in establishing and growing the school since inception.
Yolanda has lived and worked in the UK for 15+ years. With a background in the financial services sector Yolanda plays an invaluable role at TBA, especially with regards to the wide range of administrative tasks that keep a school ticking over.
Marié Venter completed her B-Ed degree and her Honours in Educational Psychology at the University of the North-West (Potchefstroom Campus). She completed her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria. She completed all her degrees with distinction and received the reward for the best Honours student at the University of the North-West. She was also a member of the Golden Key Society. At University she was part of the student council where she was the head of Student Community Service in which she was involved in numerous community projects.
Marié worked in the UK for 4 years where she worked as a teacher, reading specialist and therapist. She also has experience working with learners in Thailand and The Netherlands. She worked as a psychologist at Via Nova School and Duo Edu Independent School. Her philosophy as psychologist is to ensure that all learners reach their full potential while focusing on their assets and strengths.
Niel Bester is the CEO of The British Academy Holdings where he provides the leadership and vision at a national level. Niel is driving the national expansion of TBA and states that “We are hoping to bring the same focused, high quality approach to education to all the major cities in South Africa. Parents want something more from private education today – we are here to provide that little bit extra”.
As a theology graduate he studied at The University of Stellenbosch and The Baptist Theological Seminary before venturing into the field of management. Before his recent return to South Africa Niel spent almost one and a half decades in the UK, working for various multinationals gaining valuable international management experience.
In 2010 Niel joined Salt Invest Holdings where he continues to serve as an executive director. In 2012 Niel was a founding member, along with Salt Invest, in the private schools group called The British Academy.
When not occupied by meetings Niel enjoys spending time with his family, reading (Sci-fi and theology) and training – especially gym and martial arts of which he is a veteran of almost 30 years.