Head of School
I have been an immensely proud and passionate schoolteacher for over 20 years, starting out my career as an English teacher at a school in Nagoya, Japan in 2000. As a Drama specialist, I moved to my home city of Milton Keynes where I taught English and Humanities for 2 years!
I spent 11 years at Weavers School (now Academy) in Wellingborough, where I taught and led Drama, becoming Head of Year and subsequently Key Stage Leader for a number of entertaining and busy years!
Whilst at Weavers, I also served as a staff Governor, which allowed me to broaden my horizons and play a different role. This went some way in preparing me for later roles as my career progressed.
I had the privilege of joining Friars in September 2013 where I became Assistant Headteacher for Teaching & Learning. The change from mainstream to Special Needs education was an education in itself. Positive relationships and understanding student needs has always been at the forefront of my educational ethos; I enjoy engaging with students and doing my best to make a positive difference to their lives.
I have always endeavoured to be a positive role model to all students I come into contact with. There is always an opportunity to add value to people’s lives.
Since becoming Deputy and more recently Head of School at Friars, I couldn’t be prouder to play an even larger part in supporting our students in their journey through life. It is my aim to make their time with us as productive, progressive and enjoyable as possible. In my 20+ years teaching in Wellingborough, I have learnt a lot about the town’s people, their aspirations and lives. I very much want Friars Academy to add value not only to it’s wonderful students, but also to the local community as a whole.