What attracted you to the role at HOHS?
I have always aspired to lead a PE team. I am lucky enough to have experienced some excellent working PE departments and equally some challenging ones so I have had the idea of a ‘perfect’ PE department for a while. I am really excited to be given the opportunity to begin building up the PE department at HOHS.
What is your favourite thing about being a teacher?
Reaction of pupils when they have made personal progress, whether it be as an individual, small group or team. Knowing you have been part of that progress is the best feeling :-)
What are your interests and will you be incorporating these into your teaching?
As previously stated, pupil progress is a key component in any department and I have a number of tools to allow pupils to set targets for themselves and support how they make those improvements. Allowing pupils to recognise the progress they have made helps build confidence and self-esteem and inspires pupils to continue making practical and theoretical improvements.
What is your favourite memory of your own time at school?
Getting the results I so desperately wanted in my GCSEs, winning the school hockey leagues and being awarded the Hockey cup in Year 11.
What was your favourite subject at school and why?
Easy…PE, loved every activity we covered throughout school and just being outside in the fresh air.
What was your least favourite subject and why?
I didn’t really dislike any subject but if I had to pick one it would probably be history as this was the subject I struggled to motivate myself in and couldn’t express my ideas in my writing.
If you could go back in time and give your “younger” self a piece of advice, what would it be?
Continue swimming. I stopped competitive swimming at the age of 14 as I broke my wrist and never went back…big mistake.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your pupils might be surprised to learn.
I was chosen to go to Australia for a year after my A levels and play hockey for a team in Sydney, we came second in the finals that year!