What is your role at Vinehall?

Head of History and Year 7 Form Tutor.

What subject/s do you teach?

History (!) and sewing as an enrichment activity.

What made you want to become a teacher?

I was inspired to become a teacher by some of my best (and worst) teachers!

What do you enjoy most about Vinehall?

The grounds. I love being able to explore and can’t wait for the summer in order to have lots of outdoor lessons and battle re-enactments.

What are you planning that you are most excited about?

Planning the History curriculum for next year. We are taking a thematic approach and I want to have exciting introductions at the beginning of each topic; I’m thinking theatre trips, assault courses and more!

What is your best teaching memory?

If I’m completely honest, I am proud to say that I believe the best experiences don’t always take place inside a classroom.  My favourite memories have been based around extra-curricular activities, because I have been able to get to know children on a completely different level. At a previous school, I organised three half marathons, working with staff, parents and students and raising over £20,000 for charities. On a more recent occasion, I loved the moment that Ottoline G finished making her patchwork cushion last term. I know that these aren’t necessarily ‘teaching memories’, but they took place whilst I was teaching at a school, so I hope they count!

When you are not in the classroom I am most likely to be …

Travelling the world, out running or watching a good movie.

Something not many people know about you is …  

I once walked the Camino de Santiago Compostela – an 800km pilgrimage across Spain. When I was born, I had bright orange hair and it remained that way until the last few years, when it seems to have calmed down a little!