I am a retired primary school teacher and have lived in Buxton for nearly 8 years. I taught for 40 years, mainly in the south of England. Following my retirement in 2010 I decided to come back to my roots (I was born and educated in Sheffield). I have taught age groups ranging from Reception to Year 8, but have mainly worked in Year 6 in the last 20 years. I am well aware of the pressure of SATs and Ofsted.
For the last 10 years of my career I was an Advanced Skills Teacher for primary science. I worked in an advisory role for the county of Gloucestershire, working in a range of schools and running Local Authority science courses. In 2000 I had the honour of being ‘Primary Science Teacher of the Year’, awarded by the A.S.E. and received praise for my passion for bringing excitement to children of all abilities during science investigations.
I was also a school co-ordinator for training student teachers from Cheltenham and Gloucester University, comprising both 3-year B.Ed. and 1-year PGCE courses.
I enjoy walking, cooking and looking after my one-year-old granddaughter. I hope to bring my experience to help Buxton Junior School pupils and staff. I have been volunteering in the school for over 2 years, as well as accompanying Phil Selby, the minister of Trinity Church, to deliver assemblies at the school.