Meet the Team
I started at Driffield School and Sixth Form in September 2010, when I arrived as an NQT. Within 3 years I was promoted to Head of Performing Arts, with a responsibility for Dance and Drama in the school. It is a thriving and buzzing department, which aims to develop the students' skills within the subject, as well as build creativity and confidence in a safe environment. We now have over 100 students who study the subjects at GCSE and A-level. Our results have been impressive, this year achieving 95% A* - C in GCSE Drama and 100% A* - B at A2 Drama. The hard work and determination is all worthwhile when we see the students achieving highly.
Since I started teaching I have had the freedom to experiment with new ideas in the classroom, while being supported by the leadership team and my colleagues around me. When walking around the school you are surrounded by a productive and vibrant learning atmosphere. I have also had the freedom to experiment with extra-curricular activities. In 2011 we proudly saw a group of students perform a National Connections Festival play, directed by myself, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Most recently I have been co-ordinating the school musical which was a huge success in building students’ confidence and self-esteem, allowing them to work as a team in creating an extremely memorable experience. The most rewarding aspect of putting on a production is not only watching the camaraderie being built between the students, but also receiving endless support from the friendly staff and parents who willingly give up their time to make the show a success.
Driffield School and Sixth Form is a very special place to work, where high expectations for students are fundamental within the school’s ethos. I feel very fortunate to have progressed in a relatively short space of time and I truly wouldn’t want to work anywhere else
I joined Driffield School and Sixth Form in 2012 as a Newly Qualified Teacher of Science and it is an absolute pleasure to belong to such a dynamic and supportive team, as well as teaching the students at Driffield School.
In my third year I became Aspirant Leader of Science, taking on responsibility for BTEC, Applied and Entry Level qualifications within the department. Following this, in my fifth year I have become Assistant Head of Department and Subject Leader for Biology, leading the development of the Biology curriculum from KS3 to KS5.
Throughout my time here, Driffield School and Sixth Form has been extremely supportive environment, and has been particularly forthcoming at offering opportunities in CPD and professional progression. I have been fortunate to have been offered many opportunities within the school and department to develop myself as a teacher and as a leader.
In my first year I was involved in a very supportive Newly Qualified Teacher programme which enabled me to establish a good footing in the profession. Since then I have had many more opportunities for professional development, one of the most significant being the Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) run by members of the Lead Teacher team here at Driffield.
The ethos of Driffield School and Sixth Form is a great one, where pupils and staff act as a community. Pupils are committed to their learning and are very motivated to achieve their full potential. The staff at Driffield make it a friendly and supportive place to work. I thoroughly enjoy my role and contributing to the development of the department and school, as well as contributing as a member of the wider school community.
I started at Driffield School and Sixth Form in 1994 as Head of Girls’ PE and through the years I have had the opportunity to develop my career embracing all the challenges in a large but wonderful school.
I am currently a Head of House having played a significant role in supporting the restructure from year to vertical tutor groups. I feel confident in my middle leadership role and have been fortunate to work with colleagues who see teaching not as just a job but a vocation.
I have been able to deliver my second subject French, Spanish and currently teaching Italian to the Sixth Form as part of the elective programme.For my subject the facilities and location are perfect, and I have been able to develop my leadership skills and share good practice whilst mentoring GTP and ITT. The drive each day to work never fails to surprise. The East Yorkshire countryside is beautiful, perfect for cycling, dog walking and only 30 minutes from the beach and 1 hour from the city. I have also had lots of opportunities to organise and lead educational visits here in the UK but also sports tours to the USA.
The school's own residential outdoor centre based in North Yorkshire is a must when building teams and working intensively with A Level students.
The community are supportive, staff friendly but the real stars are the students, they make my day, every day.