Teacher Feature

Teacher Feature

What is your role at College?

I started here as a Teacher of History in 2012 and became a Teacher of History and Politics in 2014. I have been appointed Head of Politics for September 2016. In 2013, I became Scholarships Co-ordinator and then Assistant Housemistress of Southwood in 2015. I have also coached hockey and netball throughout my time at College.

What did you do before you came to College?

I taught History at The King’s School, a grammar school for boys in Grantham, Lincolnshire. I taught there for three years. Before that, I studied for my PGCE at the University of Cambridge.

If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?

I read History at university, originally with the intention of becoming a lawyer. I changed my mind about a career in law after completing, but not really enjoying, work experience with a QC in London. If I had indulged my lifelong passion then I would be working in fashion. Working as a buyer for a large fashion retailer or in fashion journalism really appeals to me. I secretly wish that I stalked the corridors at Vogue or Net A Porter. Instead, New Block is my runway.

More recently I’ve thought that becoming a curator in a museum like the V&A, with a permanent exhibit on women’s fashion through the ages, would be brilliant fun as it would combine my two loves of history and fashion.

What is your favourite thing about College life?

As College life is so varied, it’s hard to pick one thing. Perhaps I should just say ‘the diversity of life’. To be specific, the friendships I have with my colleagues are something that I cherish. The general sense of camaraderie in the Common Room here is, from my experience, actually not as common as you might think. In the classroom, I find it immensely rewarding seeing pupils reach their potential and surpass their own expectations. It would also be dishonest if I answered this question without saying how much I enjoy the breaks that we get between terms!

What are you reading at the moment?

The Winter King by Thomas Penn (and Vogue).

Other than your own, what was your favourite subject at school?

This is a tough decision because I enjoyed all of my subjects. I particularly enjoyed Latin, German and Art, and studied them all in the Sixth Form. I think Latin just pushes ahead of the others, partly because of how useful it is for studying medieval history.

If you could be Prime Minister for the day, what is the first thing that you would do?

Use my prerogative powers to reshuffle the Cabinet significantly…

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