Throughout my schooling, I maintained a ‘love of learning’. Looking back, I may not always have been particularly good at it – I knew that there were other children who achieved more academically than me but this didn’t dampen the fact that I had a passion for learning and finding out new things. Upon reflection, a career in teaching and learning and one working in school with children has been my vocation. Learning continues to excite me and supporting and facilitating others to learn is something that motivates and really interests me.
I believe that the curriculum should be the heartbeat to a school and one that reflects the passions and interests of the children. As headteacher, I am also a leader of learning and teaching at Park Hill. I expect to see the staff and the children persevere with learning – I believe that it is essential that there is a confidence to make mistakes through trying new things.
Whilst leading a very busy school, I recognise that opportunities to teach are becoming rare but undoubtedly I am at my happiest when I am working in the classroom and surrounding myself with whatever is going on. I aim to be in all of the classrooms at some point everyday.
Outside of school, I try to keep fit and relish a game of squash. Football is another of my interests and the football team that I support is Leicester City – the Premier League Champions of 2015 – 2016 – a testament to all that with great team work and passion, you can achieve anything!