Lead Practitioner for Humanities and Assistant Vice Principal for Teaching & Learning
I qualified as a History Teacher
from York University in 1994 and as a result of having no ties and a friend
having an available couch began my teaching career in Tottenham. My first 5
years in London helped to shape me as a person and more importantly as a
teacher who would become a specialist in working in schools with challenging
circumstances. My journey from NQT to AVP has all been in schools that could be
described as spikey. Along the way I have had to deal with tear gas in a Maths
cover lesson (a situation definitely not covered in my PGCE), meeting a yearly
cast of vibrant students and colleagues from around the world and regularly
feeling uplifted and downtrodden usually within the space of the same few
minutes. As a member of SLT I am beginning to enjoy the ability to shape the
ethos and direction of the Academy at a more strategic level. My passion for
History remains and my commitment to teaching undiminished.
I am the Assistant Vice-Principal
for Teaching and Learning. My main responsibilities are the management and
development of pedagogy and practice, student voice, the reward system and
managing the Academy’s team of 17 Lead Practitioners.
My ambitions for our students is
that they are able to look back on their time at Bradford Academy as a happy
one in which they were guided towards their dreams, allowed to indulge their
passions and were challenged to be their best.