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Glastonbury Thorn School



Mrs Clay

Assistant Headteacher

My Journey


It was a long time ago that I started school but I have very fond memories of my time at my junior school in Chelmsford.  I clearly remember my first day at school and the nervous feeling I had when I had to leave my mum at the school gates and go into school with my teacher, Mrs Banks.  She was a really caring teacher and it was the start she gave me that inspired me to want to teach.  I remember when, at the age of 5, we were asked by the head teacher what we wanted to do when we were older - I was certain I wanted to be a teacher.  My career took a different path initially and I trained as a legal executive but I knew when I had my own children my future would involve working with children.  So I retrained and haven’t looked back since!

I enjoyed going to school and was always interested in learning more.  Mrs Banks always made learning fun but it was a very different experience from the way children now learn in Foundation.  Instead of having the freedom to explore and learn through play, we all had to sit at tables even though we were only 4 years old.  My favourite time of the day was always story time as I loved “escaping” into the stories we listened to.  I remember when I started to read on my own and the pleasure that I got from snuggling up on my bed and reading all day (if my mum would let me!)  Reading is still my favourite hobby.  I want every child to experience the pleasure of reading which is why teaching English is my favourite part of the day.

Although I really enjoyed school, I was very anxious about asking and answering questions or speaking in front of the class.  Now that I am a teacher myself, I want to try to give children as much confidence as I can to be able to stand up in front of their class and share their news and ideas without worrying about it.  It is really important to me that children don’t worry about making mistakes and I hope that I help them to realise that making mistakes is an important part of learning and to really believe in their ability to learn and the saying “I can’t do it … Yet!”

Glastonbury Thorn is a very special school to work in.  It is very important to me that children develop good learning attitudes and that I am given the opportunity to help them grow as an individual by developing confidence, concentration, perseverance and resilience and, most importantly, a love of learning.  I have taught in many year groups but Foundation is my favourite year to teach – the awe and wonder that you see as the children experience new things and learn to do so much in one year is amazing.  I love coming to school every day and working with a team of people who all share the same values and aspirations as me – to help all children to achieve!

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