Associate Assistant Principal, Second in English.
One thing I feel passionate about is giving back to the community which helped make me who I am today. At the age of three, I became a member of the Marske community; attending local primary Westgarth, secondary Bydales and sixth form, Prior Pursglove College.
I studied a Joint Honours BA in Drama and English Literature at Hull University. I then remained in Hull to undertake my GTP (Graduate Teacher Programme) and NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) training years at Andrew Marvell Business and Enterprise College.
I returned to the North East, where I worked as part of the English team at Longfield Academy of Sport, Darlington, for a further 2 years. During this time, I was first introduced to collaborative learning structures and was appointed as a member of the Teaching and Learning Specialist Team, which enabled me to focus on improving Teaching and Learning, through embedding collaborative structures across the school.
I was initially appointed as an English teacher at Bydales in January 2013, 10 years since I had departed as a student! Subsequently, I was promoted to Literacy Co-ordinator, then Second in Department in the English team. I am now an Associate Assistant Principal and have supported the Deep Learning team through introducing my initiatives regarding a whole academy approach to teaching literacy.
I am excited to be a part of the leadership team at Outwood Academy Bydales, and to be able to assist with promoting and driving success for both students and staff within the Outwood Academy Bydales community.