'There's an awful lot to do. i am Loving it'

14th January 2000 at 00:00
"The head here went ill in May '99 and I was asked to fill in. They needed somebody for a term, in the first instance. I didn't know the staff here, but some of them are older and more experienced and I thought there might be a few comments like 'She's a little bit young.' They've all been very supportive, though.

"When we have visitors to the school they are usually a bit surprised when I introduce myself. At the start there were a few raised eyebrows from parents, but not any longer.

"I did my ITT at Wrexham, a four-year BEd specialising in maths and science. At my first school, we had an Ofsted inspection within the first seven weeks, and came through that very well.

"Two years later, I was the IT co-ordinator and the year after that I'd overseen the installation of an T suite using NGfL (National Grid for Learning) money. I'd applied to do a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), so the people at County Hall knew I was interested in furthering my career. I thought the NPQH would be a good grounding. I didn't get accepted, they said: 'Try again in another year or so'.

"I've always been ambitious. When this came up, I thought 'Yes - have a go'. And I'm loving it. I've got an overview of everything that is happening. It's good to be able to discuss things with the staff and lead the school forward.

"We have 51 children, there are two other teachers, one part-time. My job now is incredibly different. I teach four days. There's an awful lot to the job. I've always wanted to be a teacher - I decided when I was seven."

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