Teacher of Learning Support and Housemistress, Bedales

BA (Hons) History Exeter University
Post Grad Cert Ed Cambridge University 
PGDip for Teachers of Students with SpLD

What makes a good teacher at Bedales?

A passion to communicate understanding and to help students develop their thinking, not just in the narrow academic sense, but also their sense of “self”. You also need a sense of humour and a bit of energy.

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

Confidence, persistence, self belief, self knowledge, independence of thought and action, and empathy.

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

As Boarding Housemistress I am responsible for the welfare and wellbeing of the girl boarders alongside Jenni Brittain. I also teach History – a subject I studied at University and still love, as well as supporting individuals with specific learning needs. This takes up  most of my time but I help out with sport when I can. I also enjoy all the Civics lectures and the very broad and challenging Theatre and Musical programme here.

The time I like best is the half an hour before lights out when the boarding house is calming down and you can chat about the day with the girls, or anything that needs to be talked through – although I also love the madness of “Steephurst’s Got Talent” – that’s something not to be missed,  and the Steephurst Christmas carolling which is notorious.

In your opinion, what makes Bedales special?

The very special relationship between staff and pupils – it is a matter of earned, and mutual, respect and a belief that we are all trying to do our best for each other.

What is your best memory of Bedales?

My daughter’s first day here – I knew what a special place she was joining and was so excited that she was going to share in it.

Who or what inspires you?

Exceptionality in all its forms.

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

I used to play the trumpet to quite a high standard.