Various life experiences led me to train to be a teacher, specialising in Special Educational Needs and English. My first teaching job was at a school in London where I taught pupils to read, worked with pupils who struggled with being in school and also taught English GCSE. I loved it, but it was the hardest job I’ve ever had! I learned that being flexible to meet the needs of young people was key and that my plans needed to go out of the window sometimes (well, most of the time actually!).
From there I trained to be a SENDCo, working in a school in Brighton, and completing a Masters in Special and Inclusive Education. My husband and I then relocated back to Lincolnshire and I took on another SENDCo role in a school in Scunthorpe. I then had my first daughter, Clara, and decided to go back to my ‘roots’, teaching English, and chose The Pilgrim School (or maybe it chose me?!). The school values of ‘Unconditional Positive Regard for all’ and ‘Your History is not your Destiny’ led me to apply for the role at Pilgrim, as these values align exactly with my approach to education: everyone must have the chance to access education in a way that works for them, no matter where their journey has taken them before. I love working at Pilgrim, I love ensuring the pupils get an excellent education in English as a subject discipline and I love getting the chance to work with the young people who walk through the doors. Oh, and I also love watching Gavin & Stacey and eating Lindt chocolates.