Qualifications and Experience
MEd (Master of Education), specialising in child psychology and literacy development, Open University
BA(Hons) in Ancient History, University of Exeter
PGCE (QTS), University of Hertfordshire
I attended a Buckinghamshire grammar school and I have twenty years’ experience of teaching in local independent schools. I have taught across the age range, from Nursery to Year 8, so I have a clear picture of how children’s learning develops over the years. As well as being a classroom teacher, I have been Head of Department and a SENCo.
Why I Enjoy Teaching
I am passionate about encouraging our pupils to improve their core skills and build confidence. I am keen to help them develop valuable skills that will stay with them long after the 11 Plus. I am extremely interested in how children learn and that is why I studied for a Master of Education degree. I continue to use those research skills and regularly read about educational trends and incorporate those into our lessons, so I can ensure that our students receive the best possible preparation for the 11 Plus exams.
I am an avid reader and I have books in different rooms of the house, so I usually have four books on the go at the same time! As well as reading about education, I love reading historical fiction (often about the Tudors), non-fiction (usually history), classics and psychological thrillers. I am really enjoying our new book club as it’s a wonderful opportunity to re-visit my childhood favourites.
I home educate my two children and so many of my hobbies involve them. We love going for long walks and exploring new areas, art, baking and gardening. I enjoy playing my flute and I have recently started teaching myself to play the piano – it’s always fun to learn new skills!