I have worked at the Caldecott School for the last nine years in a variety of roles; each one allowed me to develop my skills and understanding of SEND provision and be part of the evolution of the school. I have always been part of the Senior Leadership Team working with my colleagues to ensure that the school develops, year on year.
As Head of Secondary, I work closely with the Key Stage 4 teachers and the Careers Lead, to ensure that every pupil leaves Caldecott School, prepared for their post-16 employment or further education, having engaged in work- experience and completed and passed a range of accredited courses.
My career started when I was drawn to Kent after completing my teacher training in Liverpool. As a Science Teacher I was given opportunities to work on the school farms, which I loved as well as teaching Horticulture and Science to A Level.
During this time, I began to develop my understanding of complex and vulnerable pupils and as a result started working with pupils who had been excluded from mainstream Science lessons; I am a firm believer that all pupils should be given the opportunity, and this was my way of achieving this.
Prior to joining Caldecott School, I worked in the prison service teaching Science; I led the provision for young offenders aged 11-18.
The time I have spent at Caldecott School has, at times, been challenging, but it is always rewarding. It is difficult to put into words how amazing our pupils are and how much they achieve.