'Bearable - but not if I had my own family'
Despite the long hours she works, the 32-year-old Oxford graduate gets immense satisfaction. "I really love teaching and take a lot of personal pride in what I do," she said. She decided on teaching and completed her postgraduate certificate in education in 1999, following an unhappy period working as a headhunter in the City.
"I lasted about four weeks because I really didn't want to lie to people. I had been inspired by my own teachers so always had the idea of going into the profession."
While the hours are just about bearable at present, she acknowledges her work-life balance might have to change.
"I'm happy to work the hours I do because I don't have a family to make dinner for. I'm just looking after myself but if I want to start a family I won't be able to keep doing that."