Eighteen months into my A levels and with a place offered at university to study law, I left college and joined the Foreign and Commonwealth where I served in London, the British Embassy, Vienna and the British High Commission, New Zealand. I spent a few years at home, raising my three children and then did, as all my teachers at school had told me to do when I was at school - I studied to become a teacher, qualifying in 1999.
I was honoured to be appointed as Head Teacher of the Caldecott School in September 2019. Prior to this, I spent four years as the Head Teacher of a two-form entry Primary School in Rainham, Kent.
I completed my National Qualification for Headship when I worked at a village school in Kent and in 2009, I decided to progress my career by working in the city of London. I loved the different opportunities I had working in large inner-city schools – experiencing different cultures and undertaking a variety of roles which included leading on SEN, behaviour and professional development.
In March 2012, I was invited to work on the leadership team at Hawksmoor Primary – an outstanding school in Greenwich with 720 pupils. In September 2013, I was part of a government initiative to raise standards of maths teaching and I visited Shanghai with 72 other head teachers.
On our return, we worked with the National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching of Maths (NCETM) and set up 72 Maths Hubs across England; these Hubs are still at the centre of maths development today.
My career in education has spanned just over twenty years and I’ve never once regretted my decision to train as a teacher. Helping pupils grow academically and socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically, is both a challenge and an immense privilege and pleasure. I can’t imagine a life which doesn’t involve going to school each day!