I have worked in education for over 25 years. I started as history teacher in selective secondary schools. I have been a head of department, National Strategies consultant, secondary school senior leader, special school senior leader and now head of a hospital school. I am also a serving practitioner OFSTED inspector. I have a Master degree in Educational Leadership and am an accredited Local Leader of Education. I believe that a person’s history does not determine their destiny. We are all capable of successfully navigating our way through troubles in life. I also believe that building on people’s strengths we will do more to help than trying to “mend them.” I believe that hope is a powerful way of thinking which will change an individual’s life for the better. Learning is key. Being ready to learn and continue to learn makes all the difference. Sometimes learning happens in the classroom. I am proud of being head teacher of the Pilgrim school and I am sure I will look back on this as one of the positive things I have done with my life.
I began my career as a music teacher in secondary mainstream and was a deputy headteacher before moving into special education. I became interested in mental health having spent some time working with the charity ‘Victim Support’. This led to studying for a degree in psychology and I am now passionate about how the worlds of mental health therapy and education merge. As deputy headteacher, I have my fingers in lots of pies but overall am responsible for the everyday management of the Baumber base and our remote education (around a third of our cohort are unable to access our bases and therefore receive tuition face to face in the home or virtually). I enjoy teaching English and Psychology and consider it a privilege to work alongside committed professionals and fantastic young people.
I am the Assistant Head teacher and a Science Teacher at The Pilgrim School. My passion for Science was ignited while studying for a Science degree in Manchester where I specialised in animal behaviour and conservation.
On completion of my degree I trained as a Scientific technician and research assistant and began to work at different facilities around the country. Over 8 years I worked at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, The London School of Tropical Medicine and University College London. At the latter I contributed to research published in the Scientific Journals Nature and Science.
At 30 I decided to retrain as a teacher and I have never looked back. The most enjoyable part of my working day is spending time with our pupils, to be able to work with likeminded staff who support and care about the wellbeing and progress that these pupils make, and seeing the positive impact that we all make as a collective team.
Provision at The Pilgrim School requires a delicate balance between education and pastoral needs. As the Pastoral Manager, working closely with the Reintegration and Support Officers, it is my role to oversee Pilgrim’s pastoral offer, helping each pupil to realise their potential, both in the classroom and beyond. This means that I have responsibility for behaviour, safeguarding, attendance and the school’s wide ranging personal development curriculum.
Prior to joining Pilgrim in 2012, I had extensive experience in the private and voluntary sectors supporting vulnerable groups, promoting self-advocacy and improving the life chances of children and young people. Having initially joined the school as one of four Reintegration and Support Officers, we are now a team of eight RSOs, one Training and Development officer and one School Counsellor. This shows our commitment to ensuring all Pilgrim pupils receive support, develop aspirations and get the most from their time at the school.
I have completed an MA in Trauma Studies at the University of Nottingham, focussing primarily on resilience and post-traumatic growth in an educational environment. This has helped provide a practical framework for work in the school and has really served to reinforce my commitment to the welfare and support of the pupils in our care.
Above all, Pilgrim – the staff, governors and particularly pupils and their families past and present – is a community and it is one that I am proud to be able to serve and nourish.
School Business Manager
I started my career in the Royal Air Force and completed 22 years’ service. I left in 2007 and gained employment in a Primary School in Boston as a Finance and Personnel Officer. In 2009 I applied for the position of School Business Manager at The Pilgrim School. My role is varied and includes managing the school’s finances, HR issues, Premises, & Health & Safety. I thoroughly enjoy my position at the school. We have a strong team commitment and pride ourselves in always putting the pupil’s needs first. Personally I have 2 daughters and my husband is a Musician who works part-time for the school as a BTEC Music instructor, we also have a Cockerpoo named Eddie.