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Mrs Emma Corkery

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Head of Art

Ms Emma Corkery is passionate about Creative Arts education and the positive impact Art can have on our wellbeing. Whilst studying for her degree she worked with the Arts coordinator of a large hospital to enhance the space and improve patient and staff experiences. She continued in this area of work and began to run art workshops with different groups of people including children in the hospital school. It was through this enjoyable and rewarding experience that she decided to train as an Art teacher.

I completed my PGCE in Secondary Art and Design at Plymouth University and hold a BA Hons degree in Applied Art from Plymouth College of Art and Design where I specialised in glass blowing. Studying at a specialist Art college gave me the opportunity to work across disciplines including Spatial design, Film and Fine Art. I used these experiences to explore the concept of human perception. I also published a book which my consolidated my research of exploring perception through Art, Science and Philosophy. The conceptual basis of Art is something I emphasises with students, helping them to make meaning through their work. Whilst studying for my degree I worked with the Arts coordinator of a large hospital to enhance the environment and improve patient and staff experiences. I continued in this area of work after completing my degree and began to run art workshops with different groups of people including children in the hospital school. It was through this enjoyable and rewarding experience that I decided to become an Art teacher.

After completing my PGCE I worked in a comprehensive school in the South of the UK. I then moved to Hanoi in Vietnam where I taught in a Nord Anglia school for 3 years before joining BSKL.

Yoga and meditation practices are a big part of my life. I qualified as a Yoga teacher and taught classes to adults and children before completing my PGCE. I enjoy other sports too, particularly running. I like to spend time being active and outdoors with my husband and son.

I see a strong correlation between happiness, success and an overall sense of wellbeing. In my role as a teacher, student happiness and wellbeing come first because through this we can find the path to success. I believe the teachers role in academic success is to understand the students as individuals and be able to adapt to best meet their needs.