I have worked at Bingley Grammar School for 7 years arriving from The Holy Family Catholic School where I had worked for 12 years.
I joined Bingley Grammar School as the Attendance Manager after successfully completing this role at Holy Family School In 2013. I became head of Year 7 & 8 at Bingley Grammar becoming responsible for all aspects of the well being and progress of these year groups. As a parent myself I know how important it is for home and school to work together effectively. In addition to these roles I have experience of school governance and partnership working with other schools, social care and many other organisations to support our pupils. Leading on transition is exciting and allows me to meet each cohort of Bingley Grammar pupils at the outset of their career in our school, it is always amazing to see them grow and enjoy their time at Bingley Grammar even when they tower over me.
My message to you is that every challenge can be an adventure and most importantly here at Bingley Grammar School you never have to face a challenge alone.
"My background is in Psychology, which I studied at the University of Birmingham.
I started at Bingley Grammar as an LSA where I supported our students with additional learning needs across all subjects, from Year 7 Food Tech to A-Level Maths! I joined the pastoral team in November 2020 as I wanted to further support the amazing students in our school.
I am looking forward to being the familiar face for all of our Year 7 students so that they can come and ask me for support with any issues, or even to simply have a chat if they need one. Through my role I get to support students with their learning, wellbeing and mental health needs to ensure their school experience is the best that it can be.
My message to you is that school can be a very difficult time for everyone and everybody has a different experience; it is ok to ask for help when you need it. I know it can be hard to ask for support, but there is no problem too small or silly, we are always happy to help!"
My role at BGS has developed from the Head of Drama and teaching Dance, to now leading on safeguarding and behaviour here at Bingley Grammar School. In between this I have also had responsibility for the Creative and Performing Arts, SEND and Pupil Premium and it is these varied experiences that I bring to the role.
With regards me personally, I was inspired to be a teacher by mum, who worked in the local area within primary education and my Head of Sixth at Intake High School (Now West Leeds Academy) who gave me the very best pastoral support anyone could offer. These two role models showed me how it is done! As well as learning from the many staff I have worked with while teaching with there being to many of these to mention. All these staff have taught me you need to look after the ‘small stuff’ to ensure the ‘big stuff’ happens and it takes preparation for this to happen.
So if you are struggling my message is to talk about it with someone whether that be a friend, family or teacher, they will then help you find ways to solve or improve how you are feeling. The more people this is then shared with the better, as people then understand what is making you react in certain ways and in turn help you find ways to solve it. Solving it won’t always happen overnight, it will take time and being patient is key. All this is something I wish I had learned earlier in life.
I graduated from The University of Sheffield with a degree in Geography in 1997 and then embarked on a number of different roles including working in France in the tourism industry and transport planning here in the UK.
I started at Bingley Grammar School in 2004 as a Geography teacher and this still makes up a significant amount of my time in school teaching KS3, GCSE and A-Levels. Through this role I have been lucky enough to work with many inspirational teachers and young people and travel the world on school trips to places such as Tanzania, Italy and Bradford.
Since 2005 I have also been part of the student support team, firstly as an Assistant Head of House, then as a Head of Year and currently as Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. Throughout this time I have supported many young people and their families face some of the challenges that act as a barrier to getting the most out of school and realising their full potential.
My message to you is that education is your passport to the rest of your life.