I joined the St Bede’s History department after graduating from Newcastle University in 2018. The School Direct programme offered a unique opportunity to be part of the school community from day one. This opportunity was unparalleled in other training courses, allowing me to become immersed in school culture and forge authentic relationships with staff and students alike.
I was delighted to continue my professional practice at St. Bede’s as an NQT. The support offered to all staff is faultless and is reflected in the wider school community which welcomes you at every turn. While trainees and NQTs have access to a robust network of support from subject mentors and weekly training sessions, support is not limited to early career teachers. St. Bede’s strives to nurture the teacher as an individual, encouraging bespoke professional and academic development. The combination of community, support, and opportunity here at St. Bede’s have, I have no doubt, sown the seeds of a very rewarding career in teaching.
I started at St. Bede’s as a trainee in 2018. St Bede’s is a school both supports and challenges you to be the best that you can possibly be. I have had numerous opportunities to take part in different CPD sessions which have helped me to hone my expertise and increase my confidence. I have also had the opportunity to be a subject mentor for trainee teachers, another role which has allowed me to grow and develop.
I started my journey at St Bede’s as a supply teacher in January 2013 and at the time I did not know whether I would be here for a day, a week, a month, or a term. I was a newly qualified teacher, eager to make a good impression, full of energy to get into the classroom, whilst full of nerves and apprehensions. As I walked into reception on my first morning, I was greeted by a wonderful team who instantly put me at ease and showed me where to go and what to do. The first task of the day was staff briefing, as the staff started to arrive, I quickly saw the sense of community; how friendly and welcoming everyone was. My nerves of sitting in someone’s much loved seat of 20 years in the staff room were quickly forgotten about.
Within a year I was lucky enough to start my transition into subject leader for Design and Technology. I still feel very fortunate to be given the opportunity to lead this wonderful department. I have been able to shape our curriculum, develop our systems with the help of a great team around me. I am very proud of what we have achieved, and we will continue to push forward with encouragement from the wider team to keep striving for excellence.
Education is constantly evolving and my professional development as a classroom practitioner and middle leader has always been supported with excellent training. There are lots of wider opportunities at St Bede’s and I have been fortunate enough to be a part of many of them including charity fundraising events, educational visits to Berlin, the Lake District and Austria.
I believe St Bede’s is truly unique which is why I am still here, 8 years later. I admire my peers daily, I’m thankful for our wonderful students and the subject I love teaching so much.
I joined the St Bede’s English department as a trainee in 2019. Immediately, I was struck by the warmth and generosity of the staff and the impressive level of support offered by the School Direct programme. Embarking on any new career path can be daunting, and trainee teachers are required to develop a host of new skills in a short space of time. St Bede’s made this transition easy, and I felt a part of the school community from day one.
From the very beginning of the programme, I was privileged to observe a range of teachers in the classroom, which was invaluable for picking up new and creative teaching strategies. Later, as I began to teach lessons myself, I was consistently given practical feedback which built my confidence and allowed me to develop as a teacher. My Subject Mentor’s enthusiasm for the vocation has been inspiring and her insights have been vital in my development. The English curriculum on offer at St Bede’s is varied and engaging, and I love sharing my passion for the subject with young people.
Now in my NQT year, I have a fuller timetable and I am also a form tutor. This year has been an unusual one due to the changes in school life brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, but the support and kindness of the school community has remained exceptional. At every turn, St Bede’s has fostered my passion for teaching, and I am thrilled to be a member of a school that strives to provide a first-class education for all its pupils.
I joined St Bede’s in 2012 as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning, a role which enabled me to work closely and creatively with subject teachers and leaders across all curriculum areas. As a former Advanced Skills Teacher, I am passionate about creating exciting and challenging learning experiences for our students, which inspire them to strive for excellence in all that they do. Equally, working with teachers in developing their pedagogy, is a truly rewarding and humbling experience.
St Bede’s has given me many opportunities to develop professionally. I have completed NPQSL, the Aspiring Deputy and Headteacher Diocesan Secondary Leadership Programmes. At St Bede’s, the children are at the heart of staff training – our students deserve the very best and so our school is committed to developing teachers into the best practitioners and leaders they can be. We offer high quality leadership training at all levels, we nurture talent and we celebrate success.
I was delighted to be appointed Deputy Headteacher in 2014. In this role, I have benefitted from ongoing professional development, as well as collaboration with colleagues from both the secondary and primary phases. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities and support I have been given at St Bede’s; it is a great privilege to serve a community, which fosters such a strong sense of faith and belief in all our children and all our staff, guiding them to reach their full potential.