Associate Assistant Principal, Second in Science.
I grew up in Saltburn. I studied, worked and volunteered in the area; I didn’t realise how strong the community spirit was until I moved away and how valuable that is to the development of our young people, that they feel safe and know they can make a difference to their lives and the lives of others.
I moved away at 18, went on to study in Liverpool, Bradford and Leeds. I received my BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science from Durham University and then my MSc in Forensics Science from Bradford University. I then went on to work as a researcher at a laboratory in Harrogate for a few years, which is where I began training others and found I enjoyed passing on my knowledge and passion for science.
After successfully completing my teacher training with Leeds University, I saw the advert for a science teacher at Bydales. Up until that point I hadn’t considered returning to the North East but the warmth and that community spirit was there from the moment I came for interview and I knew this was the school I wanted to work in.
I have been at Bydales for 7 years; I have gone from being the NQT in the department, to training and mentoring new teachers as ITT (Initial Teacher Training) Coordinator; I also worked with students on developing their in-school community spirit through projects such as Eco-School and STEM club, both of which I lead for 3 years. For the last 5 years, I have been second in department, establishing a rigorous Key Stage 3 and 4 programme that has opened up life chances for hundreds of students as they leave Outwood Academy Bydales. My Associate Assistant Principal role allows me to work with trainee teachers to help them become the best in their field, and to filter their passion for their subjects down to students. I am also able to lead our students to view the wider world, and the opportunities available to them to make a difference, through our VMG and assemblies approaches.