Head of Curriculum and Achievement and Regional Lead – London
Prior to joining SSAT, I taught in school for fifteen years. I started out as a teacher of history and English at Didcot Girls’ School, a comprehensive school in Oxfordshire where I subsequently became a head of year. During my time there I became involved in supporting the PGCE course and became very interested in staff development. I also completed a post-graduate diploma in education studies and an MSc in professional development in education at Oxford University.
I then moved to work as an assistant headteacher at Little Heath School, a large mixed comprehensive near Reading. I had particular responsibility for student support, including SEN provision, student voice and support for gifted and talented students.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time working in both schools, where I was privileged to work with so many fantastic students. I was also fortunate to work alongside some extraordinarily talented colleagues, many of whom I still contact regularly to pick their brains! However, having gone straight into teaching from university, I decided that it would be interesting to try a job outside the school context – which is how I have ended up at SSAT.
Why I love working here
Working at SSAT has given me a unique opportunity to have a national perspective on how schools work and also to support schools in working collaboratively. The best part of my job is visiting schools in our networks, which I do as often as I can. It is always fascinating and inspiring to see what different schools are doing to support their students’ learning. There is so much outstanding practice in our schools and I feel very privileged to be able to celebrate and share what people are doing.
I moved to London fairly recently and enjoy having so much happening on my doorstep; I particularly enjoy live music, theatre and going to the cinema. I love to travel, whether it be trekking through jungles or lying on a beach and am currently planning to visit the orangutans in Borneo!