I started my teaching career in 2001, working at an inner London secondary comprehensive school, teaching humanities but specialising in sociology at GCSE and A Level. I worked there for fourteen years and left behind an outstanding legacy of academic and pastoral success. During my tenure, I occupied several positions: Head of Sociology, Head of Social Sciences, Head of Year, Raising Standards Leader and Head of Transition. My experiences gave me a significant insight into the inextricable link between pastoral and academic provision, where both must be in absolute harmony for a child to thrive and reach their potential, both socially and academically.
These roles gave me invaluable experiences working with outside agencies but, crucially, with parents too; where I was the first point of contact. I then moved to primary teaching, where I was Assistant Head Teacher, teaching Year 6 for two years, where I left behind an excellent set of results at SATs but also a school that was even better equipped to support children’s learning. I added 20% to the combined maths and English scores in the two years I was there, I constructed a set of plans and resources for Year 6 that have moved the school forward and put it into an excellent position to continue that success. However, the time was right for me to make my mark elsewhere too, and that has brought me here with Nord Anglia.
My passion is helping children to develop a sincere love of learning as well as the resilience to confront and overcome challenges, not only within the curriculum but additionally through a set of values that will allow them to thrive in the many communities they will inhabit throughout their lives, where they can and will make a positive impact on others and have the strength of character to do what is right, thereby having an education that equips them to change the world for the better, where young people appreciate their choices have effects and where they have the opportunity to create a brighter future. My track record is one of success in secondary and primary education, in pastoral and well as curriculum leadership, and I mention this because I believe I have the skills, drive and determination to achieve these goals. I thrive on challenges, which is what has brought me here to the British School of Guangzhou: I want to challenge myself to continue to provide academic and pastoral excellence, working with superb children and equally superb families, comforted by the knowledge that I am with outstandingly committed colleagues and in an outstanding environment.