Jennifer Moore

Teacher of English, Bedales

BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, University of Sheffield
PGCE, Sheffield Hallam University

What makes a good teacher at Bedales?

An inquiring mind, a genuine interest in teenagers’ lives and the willingness to speak honestly and openly to the young people we teach.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your pupils?

Empathy, kindness and a lifelong love of literature.

Apart from your teaching role, what else do you get involved with at the school?

Creative Writing Club (because it’s good to keep up to date with rising stars in the literary world); International Committee (because it’s also important to see what the rest of the world is doing); Junior Literary Society; and this year I’ll be helping out with the Chronicle. I also coordinate Badley Weekend and run the Arvon visit too.

In your opinion, what makes Bedales special?

Everybody matters at Bedales.

What is your best memory of Bedales?

My first handshaking. Despite it being a slightly unnerving and odd experience, I realised what an important role it plays within the school. It’s so simple, but so powerful.

Who or what inspires you?

Travelling, reading, friends, colleagues and family.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I used to be a paintball instructor.