Driffield School Then and Now

As we welcome our new Year 7 intake into the school we ask Miss Scott, a former Driffield School and 6th Form student, and now a Science Teacher here what advice she would give. 

Why did you want to be a teacher and why at Driffield School and 6th Form?

I started Driffield School in 2006 in Year 7 and left in 2013.  After completing A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and World Development, I went on to study Biology at York University and completed a PGCE in Science which enabled me to teach. I wanted to be a teacher because I had done a lot of work with young people and loved it! Its hard work but every lesson, somebody will make you smile and proud and for me that’s why I love my job.

I loved school as a child and I grew up here so when I saw the opportunity to come back, I took it. This is the school that helped me to get to where I wanted to be and I wanted to be part of it.

Do you remember your first day at Driffield School and 6th Form as a student and how did it compare to your first day as a teacher?

I remember feeling excited about the new opportunities and subjects that secondary school would bring. I was especially enthusiastic about using a Bunsen burner for the first time. Little did I know 12 years later I would be watching the same reaction with my own Year 7 class!

Both my first day as a student and a teacher were nerve racking but the community of the school never changes, both the staff and the students are friendly and made me feel welcome on both occasions. I had three lessons on my first day, Year 9, 10 and 11 and all three classes were fantastic.

What is your best memory of Driffield School and 6th Form as a student and now as a teacher?

We went to Spiers Bank with Mr Andrews and our House.   I cooked for myself for the first time!   I was really lucky to have lots of inspiring teachers and a great circle of friends throughout my time at Driffield School, so I have many happy memories of my school days.

The best moments of this year have been when I could share in students’ enthusiasm and success in science

Do you work with any teachers who taught you and how do you feel about working with teachers who taught you?

Yes there are a few teachers that taught me, including my Head of Department. It was a little strange at first and there are still a few teachers that I can’t call by their first name! They all welcomed me back so it was easy to settle in and ask for help when I needed it.

What advice would you give to Year 7 students?

Be yourself, work hard and make the most of the new opportunities on offer. Don’t worry you’ll soon make lots of new friends and have a great time together.