How long have you worked at St Cuthbert's?
Can you share a favourite memory about St Cuthbert's?
As a past student at St Cuthbert's I have so many amazing memories, but probably the most memorable was the French Exchange trip to Carcasonne in France in 1988. The dinner time discos in the Drama Theatre, costing 10p to get in. Seeing Mr Bradbury smoking his woodbines out of his classroom window at break and dinner is the memory that sticks in my mind the most. My funniest memory was Jason Pilkington trying to climb over the locked school gate to wag Biology and getting his Farah pants caught on the railings, and having to hang there until a teacher came and cut him down. By far the funniest event during my time at Cuthies.
What made you go into teaching/working in a supporting role in school?
I started off voluntary in a local primary school helping a few hours per week with nursery and infant pupils. It progressed from here and I took a Teaching Assistant course and then went on supply work to Cowley High school. I have progressed through different schools and eventually as a TA at St Cuthbert's before applying for Assistant Head of Dignity and now Assistant Head of Year 9.
What is the best bit of advice you can give to your students?
I would say listen to your peers. I have forgotten more than you have yet to learn. Learn from your mistakes, we all make them. Aim for the moon and if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.
What do you enjoy most about working at St Cuthbert's?
The students, who, on a daily basis never fail to make me smile. Seeing students arrive shy and quiet little boys and girls and leave young adults with their futures ahead of them.