Life before Teesside High School
Prior to working in education, I graduated as a journalist and worked as a public relations and media consultant to clients primarily within politics. Upon deciding to retrain as a teacher, I obtained my PGCE and worked initially in the primary sector. My first move into secondary came as the Deputy SENDCo at Egglescliffe School. I briefly returned to primary where I served as Head of Key Stage Two and Head of Curriculum before spending two years as a SENDCo in a large multi-academy trust. It was during this time that I gained my National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working as a SENDCo is a very unique job within a school and it is one I enjoy deeply. I enjoy the opportunities it affords me to support our students and to help them gain the best possible experience of school life. It is a challenging role but one where I get the enormous privilege to work with some incredible students and share in the joy that comes with the hard-earned progress they make over time.
What do you enjoy most about Teesside High School?
The opportunity to come to work with a school community that feels like a family. Staff and students are so welcoming and supportive of each other and it creates an environment where everyone can flourish and develop. It is a special place to come and work.
What is your favourite time of year?
My favourite time of the school year is the summer term. You can see the impact of the progress made in the classroom across the year, strong bonds have been made between teachers and students and you get to enjoy a wide range of sporting activities.
What do others say about you?
I suppose it would depend on who you ask. I think that my colleagues would say that I am a calm, patient and supportive person to work with. I would hope my students would say I am helpful and inspire them to enjoy learning. Outside of work, my wife would hopefully say that I am kind, funny, a good dad to our little girl and, likely, that I watch too much cricket on the television.