Director of Education, Consilium Academies
I was lucky to have experienced four school placements and the Secondary Education aspect of the course meant that I already knew quite a lot about schools, which helped me secure my first job quite quickly.
Why I chose to attend Leeds Trinity and my best memories
I joined Leeds Trinity in September 1991 when it was Trinity and All Saints. I had heard a lot about the friendly atmosphere and the fact that it had a supportive ethos, treating students as individuals in a caring environment. I visited one of the Open Days and was made to feel really welcome. There was never going to be another place I applied to after that experience.
The social life is always a really exciting part of University and the closeness to Horsforth lent itself to some great nights out. As part of the Cricket Team, I will never forget some of the away days. There are so many memories, but I remember how good the teaching was because we weren't in huge class sizes so it meant that I could get help whenever I needed it. The tutors were always approachable.
The biggest challenge was living away from home for the first time and knowing how to wash clothes! You learn quickly though.
Great career preparations
It was a perfect preparation and I felt that I was ahead of the game before I started my teaching career. I was lucky to have experienced four school placements and the Secondary Education aspect of the course meant that I already knew quite a lot about schools, which helped me secure my first job quite quickly. I feel that Trinity University gave me all of the ingredients to have a successful career.
Being a Director of Education
Since September 2019 I have worked for Consilium Academies as a Director of Education, supporting nine schools in their school improvement strategy. I am proud to have this job.
My career highlights so far
There have been many, but having been on Senior Leadership teams for fourteen years I also know that it can be challenging as much as it is rewarding. Taking ENLUTC to a good Ofsted was a very proud moment and I have also been lucky to have had dinner at Buckingham Palace as part of my role!
My advice for prospective students considering a course at Leeds Trinity
Take it by the scruff of the neck and make the most of it. Make sure you get as much experience in your chosen field, Volunteer for things, get all the tools you can!