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Deputy Headteacher & SENDCo
This is me when I was about six or seven years old. The picture was taken during an outdoor dance show. My mum is the founder of The York School of Dance and Drama, so growing up I spent a lot of time dancing and acting on stage. I have one brother and two sisters and we are all teachers, it must run in the family! My youngest sister teaches ‘A’ level dance choreography in York. My eldest sister teaches clinical skills to student midwifes in Kettering, and my brother is an Assistant Headteacher at a large school in London.
Growing up I moved around many different schools. I found this difficult because I seemed to be always making new friends, get to know new teachers and different school buildings. I remember getting lost quite a few times! The school I spent the most time in was York College for Girls. I was there for the Foundation Stage and then went back there when I was 14. It was quite strange meeting all my old friends from Foundation again. I did not enjoy going school very much and that is why I am so passionate about making Glastonbury Thorn School a happy and exciting place to learn.
I came in to teaching quite late in life. When I was 25 years old I went to Milton Keynes College for a year and then on to The University of Northampton. It was tricky juggling childcare and assignments, but I am proof that it can be done. Our own learning journey never stops and we are never too old to gain a new qualification. I am still working towards a few now!
My daughters were my biggest motivation for me to become a teacher. My youngest daughter is dyslexic and I saw first-hand how challenging school was for her, so I wanted to get involved and play my own part in ensuring that all children are able to learn and enjoy school, no matter what barriers there may be.
I am very proud to be a member of the Glastonbury Thorn School family, especially being the school’s SENDCo, because it means I can help and support children and families across the school.
For me one of by biggest motivators is hearing children say “I get it now!”
I went to several schools as a child and had a range of very different experiences, some positive and some not so positive. However, I have very fond memories of one particular school. I had a truly inspirational teacher called Mr Price whom I still remember today. He never failed to make learning lots of fun. I remember a class project where we were tasked with building a huge island out of Paper Mache and when it was finished, the local newspaper came to take a picture of it! I loved drama and was very proud to be the ‘Furry Godmother’ in our own version of Cinderella. I also enjoyed PE, especially Rounders and Non-stop cricket. When I left the school, my teacher gave me a book and inside he wrote the words ‘shine like a rainbow’ words I will never forget!
I have worked at Glastonbury Thorn for many years, having left and come back several times! It is a very special place to me. It is not just a school, it is a family. It has always had a lovely warm, welcoming feel where people truly care about the children they teach.