Before qualifying as a teacher, Kathryn studied Hispanic Studies at the University of Manchester. After graduating from university, she embarked on her journey as an educator working at an outstanding secondary school in England, where she was affiliated mainly with the English and Special Educational Needs departments. Following on from this, Kathryn completed a Primary PGCE in 2009 with a specialism in Spanish at Liverpool Hope University and was selected to take part in a research project for CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). After teaching in a culturally diverse inner city school in upper Key Stage 2 for five years, Kathryn was invited to join the Senior Leadership Team at a primary school. She then trained to become a Maths Specialist Teacher and was excited to be able to lead the implementation of the UK’s National Curriculum 2014. During the next three years, Kathryn led several key areas including Maths and English across the school. She was also responsible for an assessment project, which involved working collaboratively with schools across the local authority to ensure that new procedures being developed for assessing against the curriculum were robust and effective. Kathryn moved to Shanghai in 2017 to work at Nord Anglia Chinese International School as the Professional Development Lead, supporting staff across the Primary School with their ongoing professional learning. She also held the role of Head of Multi-Disciplinary Learning, ensuring that Primary students accessed a broad and balanced curriculum with a range of high quality learning experiences that enable them to develop 21st century skills.
One of the key phrases associated with the Nord Anglia Education family is ‘Be ambitious’ and Kathryn feels that this is very much in line with her own educational philosophy. Having worked with a wide variety of different children during her teaching career, it has highlighted to her that, with high expectations and the correct support in place, every child is capable of making excellent progress and achieving success. Kathryn’s first few years working in education emphasised to her the importance of having a holistic approach to education. After fifteen years, the impact of providing not only high quality educational experiences but also effective pastoral care is even more firmly at the core of her approach to teaching and learning. Kathryn feels strongly that in order for our children to be successful in the future they need to develop a broad range of transferable skills which can be applied effectively in the global community. As a languages graduate, she truly values the importance of being an effective communicator and an internationally-minded individual.
Kathryn is an avid reader, and she loves to travel and experience other cultures. She also thoroughly enjoys learning and deepening her understanding of other languages. When possible, she enjoys attending concerts, the ballet and theatre.