Firstly, I would like to begin by saying that I am absolutely thrilled at having been made Head Teacher at Oracle School Congleton.
As many of you who know me well will be able to testify, I am passionate about working with young people. I am very proud to have been offered the Headteacher position with Oracle and it is my aim that this school is seen as a model of best practice. It has always been my view that the ability to foster positive relationships with young people is key in developing and supporting young people in order to improve their chances for the best possible outcomes, not just academically but socially and emotionally.
My journey to Head Teacher began back in 2001 in mainstream education as an English teacher in Wigan. I quickly became Head of Year with experience at KS4 and KS3 before taking a short break from English teaching to develop an entire KS3 PSHE curriculum. Moving from mainstream education several years ago to take up a new challenge and to allow me to pursue a dream of working with young people with more complex and challenging needs, I moved to a PRU in Bolton and then on to an all boys SEMH school. New experiences in such settings allowed me to focus closely on the impact I could have on the day to day lives of vulnerable young people. I was tasked with the overhaul and development of SEN in my last provision where I took up the role of SENCO and began working towards the NASENCO qualification. This opportunity allowed me to gain a clearer insight into the inner workings of an SEMH provision and to forge some excellent working relationships with local authorities. In 2017 I moved to Oracle Care and Education to take up the offer of Deputy Head Teacher which has now led me to my current role.
Things have changed a lot during the short time that I have been with Oracle, progress has been rapid and we continue to grow at an impressive rate. Every day is different in school and my role as Headteacher is never boring! I love leading the school, challenging and supporting the staff and children to be the very best that they can be. We have a great team of teachers and support staff at Oracle and I think the pupils are very lucky to be in such a caring and progressive school.
More than anything though, it is the progress and development of every child, in this school, that makes my job as Head Teacher such a rewarding one.