I have over nineteen years of experience teaching in mainstream primary schools, alternative educational provisions and international schools.
I started teaching in 1999 after studying for a BA in Education and English Literature with Qualified Teaching Status at Roehampton Institute in London. Previous to that I had worked in a number of jobs including Occupational Therapy in a psychiatric hospital, a residential home for adults with visual impairments and as a barman in Australia whilst travelling there. After qualifying, I went on to work in a wonderful primary school in Surrey in the UK but, unfortunately, a severe illness led to me having to leave. However, whilst I was not physically fit enough to teach in mainstream schools, I was lucky enough to get a job working in several different hospitals, including the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital, with children who had a huge range of medical and physical needs - as well as many emotional problems. I loved this work but was glad to return to mainstream primary teaching in 2010. At another Surrey school I taught Year 6 for 4 years and was largely in charge of the Music and Art curriculum at the school. In 2015 I moved to Thailand and a job in Year 3. here at St Andrews International School Bangkok. However, family illness necessitated me returning to the UK in 2017. Once there was no longer any reason for me to remain in the UK, I had no hesitation in contacting St Andrews again and asking if there were any jobs and I was lucky to be given the post of Year 5 teahcher, starting in August 2018.
The school's nternational status makes it hugely culturally varied, which creates an incredibly rich learning environment.
"Mr Neill always had his guitar and plays it on kids' birthdays"
"He is really good at graffiti writing."