I am Head of Character and Culture for Key Stage 3 which includes a lot of different responsibilities.
I have worked at BGS since 2011 and in Education since 2003. I began my career is a History teacher and this is something which is still hugely important to me and very much part of my varied role at our school. Before I moved to become Head of Key Stage 3 I was the Director of the Humanities Faculty.
My job is to help, support and develop young people's character and approach to school. This can be in different ways including looking at behaviour and attitude to school. However, it also includes extending rewards across each year group and supporting students making a contribution to our wider school community. Alongside Mrs Faunch and Miss Qayyum I am here to provide specific support and help to any Key Stage 3 student with difficulties and challenges at any particular time.
I have worked at Bingley Grammar School for 10 years. I worked first in the Attendance Office and then I applied for the role of student support officer which is the job I have loved for the past 4 years. My role as Year 7 Student Support is varied but focuses on ensuring Year 7 students get the right support and care needed during their first year with us at Bingley Grammar. It's so important to me that students feel happy and confident and I treat it as a privilege to have been given the opportunity of helping support students on this journey.
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.