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Mr Rhodes Headteacher 

Photo courtesy of the Maidenhead Advertiser, 2016

Q. Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?
I changed career from banking to education back in 2002 as I wanted to be part of something which returned value to society, rather than the other way round.  At the time I felt that the banking sector was heading for trouble.  It was with no joy that I saw this happen when the 2007 banking crash arrived.
Q. What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?
Flexibility, creativity and endurance - as well as caring deeply for those in your care.  Never is one teaching year the same, even if you stay in the same year group in the same school - which means that things are never boring and change is exciting!  The curriculum and expectations are forever shifting, which means there's never a chance to tread water - being able to roll with the changes is very important.  However, most important is keeping hold of why people in schools ride this roller-coaster every day: it's because we want the best for the children and, consequently, we keep going! (And, yes, I'm fully able to mix my metaphors with the best of them!)
Q. What is your favourite book and why?
There are so many books which are favourites for all sorts of reasons. As a child, I consumed far too many Enid Blyton mystery and adventure titles and then far too many Doctor Who books (my Grandmother bought me my first Who book - Doctor Who and the Green Death - in Blackpool, many decades ago now - little did she know what she started there; still, as these were the days before video recorders, I suppose that all the books I read made my parents and teachers vaguely happy).  These days, Mr Stink, by David Walliams, is my favourite book for children - funny, rude (sometimes) with a deeply sad ending, it really delivers.  In my more grown up years, Wuthering Heights sticks with me as it reminds me of my native Yorkshire moors and Cider with Rosie because it is joyously alive. Oh, and anything by Charles Dickens...
Q.What did you want to be when you were little?
A Doctor.  However, when I realised that being a Doctor meant dealing with body parts, blood and other bodily fluids I decided against it.  What really sealed the deal was not being able to fly around the Universe in a blue box...Otherwise, I really wanted to be a writer.  That dream hasn't quite gone away...
Q. Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?
I'm more of a favourite place rather than a favourite country person.  As I lived there for 20 years, I love getting back to London.  That aside, Venice, Vienna and New York score highly for me.  If I had to nominate a country, however, I guess - on balance - that it would be Italy.    
Q. How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?
As indicated in the answer to the previous question, I enjoy getting back to London and spend weekends there.  Otherwise, I love long walks by the coast and in the country - getting outdoors is increasingly important to me the older I get (my GP also nags me about getting more exercise, so I'm also a reluctant adventurer to the gym every now and then).

Mrs Borgese 3B Assistant Headteacher, Lower School Leader, Curriculum Co-ordinator and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leader


Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I became a teacher because I like children and find it rewarding seeing them learn.
I like the time I spend in the classroom with children and discovering that every child has a talent.  I don’t like sitting in front of a computer screen!

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

I think it is important for a teacher to have enthusiasm, compassion and a sense of humour.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley made a big impression on me when I read it at the age of 20. It made me think about a supposedly ‘perfect’ world and how difficult it is to achieve.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

I really wanted to be a ballerina, but I wasn’t good at sport or dance. I studied Drama and danced a little but the dream never became reality.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I have visited many countries in the world but have to say Mexico is my favourite. The people seemed happy, the food was delicious, the ‘cenotes’ (sink holes) were magical to swim in and the history of the Mayan culture was fascinating. I also loved  the thermal pools in Rotorua, New Zealand, the barrier reef in Cairns, Australia, the Forbidden City in Bejing, China, the ancient temples in Ayutthaya, Thailand and seeing where the Wright brothers flew the first airplane from, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in America.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I have a kindle and a pile of books which must tell you that I love to read. I belong to a book club (made up of  colleagues from work) and we meet to discuss the books we’ve read. I also like sewing, both by hand and with a sewing machine. As you can see by my last answer I love travelling too, meeting new people and trying new food.  I like meeting up with friends for a coffee and a chat. I love dogs and often babysit three chihuahuas.

Miss Hemmingham 3B Trainee Teacher
Q. Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like best?
I became a TA first because I wanted to go into teaching and thought it would be a great place to start. I think learning is so important, so I love it when you see a child make progress and know that you've helped them achieve something!
Q. What qualities do you think are important for a teacher/TA to have?
Definitely patience! It is important to be caring, empathetic, enthusiastic and well-organised.
Q. What is your favourite book and why?
I love reading and did English Literature at uni so I have a lot of favourites! I really like The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger, as his writing style is very engaging.
Q. What did you want to be when you were little?
I think I wanted to be a vet because I love animals, but I'm definitely too squeamish for that now!
Q. Have you visited a country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?
I spent last summer in America and my favourite place there was San Francisco. It was such a fun and lively place to be - although it is such a huge city, there are lots of neighbourhoods and districts that all have a different feel to them, and just across the Golden Gate Bridge is beautiful countryside with incredible views and amazing beaches. 
Q. How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?
I enjoy going out with my friends and family. My favourite pastime is reading - I also like listening to music, cooking and running. I go for long walks in the countryside when I get the time.

Mrs Cox 3C Music Leader

Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?
I have always loved working with children and enjoy sharing their energy and enthusiasm for learning.  You cannot get bored in a job where one day is never the same as the next, and I enjoy the whole range that you get in a primary school.
Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?
Inclusivity & Enthusiasm - whoever is in the class, enabling everyone to participate and engage with what we're learning and by being enthusiastic and bringing things to life, everyone realises there is a purpose to learning.
Q.  What is your favourite book and why?
Can I have two please?!  My favourite storybook is Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl - I love that against all odds Danny and his Dad manage to outwit the big rich landowner - it's so inspiring and hilarious - a MUST read.   Secondly, I have very fond memories of being read A.A.Milne's poems and have the box set Pooh Bear's Box in my classroom - the rhythm of much of his poetry gave me a love of reading aloud to children - a must to all parents!
Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?
I always wanted to go to the Olympics - after watching the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and seeing Daley Thompson win the men's Decathlon - I didn't quite make it, but it was character building trying to!
Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?
Finland - I spent several months studying and working there and loved the people, the landscape (it's not dark all the time, even in January) and the language, which was a challenge, but great fun.  Learning to cross country ski was exciting too and being out in the forest where the silence was literally deafening.
Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?
I enjoy cycling and open water swimming in my spare time.  You can't beat swimming in the Thames early on a summer morning and spotting kingfishers and heron's going about their business, seeing the world from a different perspective.  I also love baking and cooking for friends, but can never seem to make the same thing twice as I never follow recipes!

Mrs Napper 3N Computing Leader
Q: Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of the job do you like the most? 
I wanted to become a teacher because I enjoy working with children and teaching new and exciting concepts.  As a young child I often played teachers with my friends and would design worksheets and fun activities for them to complete!  I also like the fact that no day is the same in teaching, so the excitement of what the day will bring is always there. 
Q: What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have? 
I think a teacher needs to be a good listener, organised and enthusiastic.  

Q: What is your favourite book and why? 
My favourite book is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  I liked this book so much that I found it difficult to put down!  I found the magical and mystical world of Harry Potter so exciting and wished I could be transported to Hogwarts to help Harry and his friends save Dobby.  
Q: What did you want to be when you were little? 
Before I decided to become a teacher I wanted to be a firefighter.  The thrill of being able to help those in trouble and in dangerous situations excited me.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t brave enough to do all of the amazing work a firefighter does. 

Q: Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it? 
I really like New Zealand.  I have visited the country twice and loved the beautiful landscape and relaxed atmosphere.   
Q: How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies? 
I like to read as often as possible and feel there is no better way to relax than to lose yourself in a good book.  I like to spend my spare time walking my pet dog Ludo and play fun board games with my family.

Ms Fleck 4F (formerly 4C) Modern Foreign Lanuages Leader
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Miss Jones 4J Sports & PE Leader
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I became a teacher because I wanted to inspire children and I want to make a difference. I love seeing children grow and change whilst developing their skills and passions. There is nothing better than capturing the 'wow' moments throughout the school year! What a rewarding and lucky job to have.

Q. What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

I think it is important to be inspiring, fun and a positive role model for all. I think a great teacher should have a passion and love for the subjects they teach! Teachers should  listen to the children, to release their full potential, whilst maintaining a fantastic sense of humour!  

Q. What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book is Matilda. But I am a HUGE fan of everything written by Roald Dahl! I love how his made up, wacky language inspires children  to use their imaginations and have fun as they read!

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?

When I was 2, I was lining up my toys and bears to create an imaginary class, so I could take the register each day! I even made my twin brother join in. So it's safe to say I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. I still feel very lucky to teach children who are intrigued, imaginative and happy, every single day.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I visited Greece with my family when I was a teenager and fell in love with the food, the weather and the relaxed way of life! I spent 2 weeks on a tiny yacht, sailing between the different islands. It was a fantastic and unique way to see the country. However, Cornwall (although not a country!) will always be my favourite destination. 

Q. How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I like to swim, and play netball in a local team. I usually relax with a great book or by visiting local National Trust properties! They sell fantastic ice creams!

Mrs Delgado 4D (formerly 4M) Enrichment & Extended Services Leader, PSHE Leader

Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I first realised I wanted to teach after a GCSE PE lesson. Children from the linked junior school joined us for a ‘Mini Olympics’ taught by us! I had so much fun and couldn’t believe how much the children got out of it. The best part of teaching for me is that light bulb moment a child has when they realise they can do something they couldn’t before.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

I think a teacher needs to be kind, caring and compassionate; every child is unique and a teacher needs to learn the personalities and interests of each child to ensure they are successful academically, socially and emotionally. Teachers should be engaging and enthusiastic; keeping children motivated and interested in what they are learning.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

Once I get into a book, I can’t put it down! My favourite book whilst I was growing up was Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is so full of imagination; I used to hope places like the chocolate factory existed with all sorts of magical and exciting things. I think the world would be a much better place with chocolate trees and ‘Everlasting Gobstoppers!’

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

When I was little I used to want to be a professional dancer! I went to dance school three times a week and took part in lots of competitions around Britain!

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I went on a safari holiday to South Africa a few years ago which was such an amazing experience! I held lion cubs, stroked a leopard and watched animals go to the watering hole at sunrise! Something I will never forget!

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

Every week I go to a Zumba class; I love the fast dance-aerobic style routines and music from around the world! My favourite thing to do is to take my dogs on lovely long walks, especially by the river in the summer.

Mrs Eaton-Price 5EP
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I became a teacher because I knew that I wanted a job where every day was different. I enjoy the variety of things that you get to do; you definitely never get bored! One of the best things about being a teacher is seeing a child understand something for the first time.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

I think it is really important for teachers to have lots of enthusiasm and a good sense of humour. Organisation is also necessary!

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I don't have one book that I would say is my favourite, but I enjoy books that make you think. Growing up I really enjoyed books by Roald Dahl because they were so imaginative!

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

I always wanted to be a teacher. I did think about being a nurse but I don't really like hospitals!

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

There are so many places that I love, I'm not sure I could narrow it down to just one! The Channel Island of Jersey is one of my favourite places in the world, it is so relaxing and beautiful. I also love the USA. I was lucky enough to travel there a few years ago and was amazed by how beautiful certain parts of the country were. Having lunch in the Grand Canyon and hiking in Yosemite National Park are definitely two of the best things I have ever done.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

One of my favourite things to do to relax is bake. Thankfully, my other favourite way to relax is going for a run!

Mrs Hurley 5H Mathematics Leader
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I became a teacher because I wanted to do a fun and active job, which doesn’t involve sitting at a desk all day.
I like making learning fun for the children and myself.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Patience and a good sense of humour.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I loved reading the Hunger Games because the author’s descriptive writing style was so gripping and there were so many cliff-hangers, it was sometimes impossible to put it down!

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A vet because I love animals.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?
I really like Australia, where there is a huge range of animals and landscapes to discover.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I like to walk my dogs and ride my bike in the countryside.  On sunny days, I like to take my kayak on the river. I like to bake cakes and desserts for friends and family.

Mrs Castle 5C (formerly 5W) Art & Design Leader
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I had wanted to become a buyer in a London Department Store but after one year I had had enough and hated working in the city.  Having 3 younger brothers my mother suggested teaching.  Within 10 days I had left my job, flat, applied, had an interview and started college to train as a teacher.  41 years on, I am still teaching!

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Creativity, passion for life-long learning.  Energy, optimism, fun, authority, integrity, persistence and resilience!

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

Jane Eyre – I’ve read it 3 times.
Little Mouse’s Big Book of Frights – wonderfully creative.
The Hiding Place – Robert Shaw,  Caravans – James A Mitchener

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

Age 7:  A Cowboy     
Age 10: Married to Paul McCartney, swim in the Olympics and become a PE teacher.

I know this because I still have the book in which I wrote this down!

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I like all the countries I have visited but I particularly like Marrakech in Morocco because I love the desert (I have crossed the Sahara), mountains, speaking French and Arabic (a little) and I love the Arabic/Islamic culture – especially their design and food.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I relax by getting ‘bored’.  That is when I am at my most creative.  However, I embroider, make my own clothes, garden, sing, decorate, ski, swim and of course – play golf!

Mrs Morton 6AM Science Leader
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

Interaction with the children, planning topics, working as part of the team are the aspects I like.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Sense of humour, patience, awareness of each child as an individual

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I Am David by Ann Holm
I read it when I was in year six and have remembered it ever since as it is so gripping.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

I have always wanted to be a teacher and used to practice on my toys.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

Greece, sunshine and sea.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

Going for long walks, swimming in the sea, knitting, watching films and cooking.

Mr Mckrell 6M Assistant Headteacher, Upper School Leader, Assessment Co-ordinator and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leader

Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I enjoyed teaching golf to juniors and felt I could be of use to primary teaching!  I love running the football teams!

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Patience!

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I don’t have an outstanding favourite but love books by Thomas Harris.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A footballer!

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

South Africa – I loved the food, the wine and the stunning landscape.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I play golf whenever I have the time.

Mrs Toohey Grammar Teacher & English Leader

Q: Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of the job do you like the most? 
I became a teacher because I knew I would like working with children and seeing them learn new things. Before making my decision fully, I worked for a very short time in an office, but I quickly realised that it was not for me! The classroom is much more exciting and no two days are the same! I particularly love that moment when a child says, "Oh, now I get it!" Nothing beats that feeling!

Q: What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?
Teachers need to be patient, understanding and enthusiastic. Being organised as well as flexible are quite crucial qualities too as things can change very quickly in this job!

Q: What is your favourite book and why?
That's a hard question for an avid reader like me! So many to choose from! I would have to say that Wuthering Heights always comes to mind first when I am asked that question. I couldn't put it down. I think I stayed up most of the night reading it! It is such a wonderful story and beautifully written. I could keep naming favourite books! As a child I read anything that was on the shelves at home, often twice! Being a younger member of a large family, I had a lot of choice, but have to say that the Famous Five series were probably my favourites. I still love detective novels now! 

Q: What did you want to be when you were little?
Always a teacher!

Q: Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?
New Zealand. Amazing country! So vast and yet so unspoilt. Can't wait to go back! I also love Scotland! Beautiful, if a little cold sometimes!

Q: How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?
I love reading, particularly in the evenings and going for long walks with my family. I enjoy gardening too. Another favourite pastime of mine is watching crime dramas on television. I love how they keep you in suspense, but having to wait for the next episode is hard! 

Mrs Miles Inclusion Leader (Special Educational Needs & Disadvantaged Children)
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I had some inspirational teachers who made me want to be like them.  I think teaching and learning are really important.  As someone who didn’t always find maths easy, I know the difference a good teacher can make.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Patience, being approachable, creativity, well organised, focused and have a sense of humour.  

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

This is a hard question – I love books!  My favourite as a child was The Wickedest Witch in the World by Beverly Nicholls because it was the first ‘proper’ book I read.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A vet.  I had lots of pets (a dog, 3 cats, a rabbit, a guinea pig and too many gerbils to count!)  I thought being a vet would be fantastic.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

We love Portugal as a family.  We go every other year because we have friends who live on the Silver Coast, near Sao Martinho.  It’s always sunny there and the people are really friendly.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I like walking my black Labrador, Ziggy.  She loves swimming in the river and playing ‘fetch’ with her ball.  I also like going to the cinema or theatre with friends or family.  If I’m really tired, I like reading or watching television.

Mrs Kitchen Reading and Maths Support, Librarian & RE Leader
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I got a lot from my own education and have always loved learning, so I wanted to 'give something back'.  When the opportunity arose for me to learn more about education with a PGCE I jumped at the chance.  I like surprising children by introducing them to new ideas and watching them make progress in all sorts of ways.  

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

A teacher needs to have patience, empathy with children and parents, determination, excellent subject knowledge, an appreciation of confidentiality and a very good sense of humour.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I really cannot choose between all the books I have read since I was a child but when I was very young my favourite book was Enid Blyton's Book of the Year.  I still love it now and have my mum's copy, which was bought for her as a child when it was first published.  It sounds very old fashioned if I read it now but it played a large part in making me interested in many subjects at an early age.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

Everything!  Every week I would take myself to the library near where I lived and read all the books about different careers and each week I would want to be something else.  So far I've managed accountant, teacher and librarian but there were many more.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I really liked Tanzania when we went on safari there recently because it was so different to places I had experienced before.  My favourite cities are Venice, Paris, Granada, San Francisco and London because of the mix of beauty and history in all of them.
Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I relax day to day by reading and watching interesting TV programmes.  I love travel, especially walking in the mountains when the rest of my family ski.  Another interest is history in general but particularly family history and the history of London.

Miss Reddux Support & Interventions
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I only ever wanted to be 2 things when I was young - a teacher and an actor! And teaching involves a whole lot of acting so it’s worked out well.  My favourite bits of teaching are when children  “get it!” - so for example, when someone in my maths group remembers how to do something or suddenly sees how to solve the problem. That is a WOW for me. Any fun English/drama/DT activity that allows the children to learn in a relaxed, supportive and friendly atmosphere gets my vote too.  Really good school trips are great!

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

I think a teacher who earns respect from pupils is usually someone who gives the children confidence, has excellent subject knowledge combined with brilliant teaching skills, who has high expectations of behaviour and attainment and who can have FUN!

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

Terribly hard to choose one but probably Wish Again Big Bear. The story about a bear who didn’t realise that making a friend can be quite tough. (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell are very close seconds!)

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A famous actor or a famous teacher. Either was ok with me when I was a teenager!

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

My dad worked abroad when I was young so I visited and stayed in lots of unusual countries: Saudi Arabia because the gold souks were unbelievable, Algeria because they like the fish on their fish stalls to be ordered from small to large. One seller became upset when my Mum wanted to buy a medium sized fish as it spoilt the look of his stall. We ended up buying 2 of the small fish instead! SCOTLAND, of course, is by far the best country I have ever visited or have been born in…!

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

Swimming! I used to love running too, but unfortunately a knee operation has stopped me doing that anymore. Reading crime novels and watching The Arsenal. Baking and cooking - especially new desserts. The thing I really love doing is planning parties! (Especially if they have a theme!)

Mrs Webb-Morris Support & Interventions
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I wanted to be part of a supportive, nurturing and caring community specifically working with young people or children.  I like the sense of purpose and the challenges the job provides.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Flexibility, energy and enthusiasm, commitment to supporting and encouraging children, a sound understanding and knowledge of school policies and ethos, but most of all a sense of fun balanced by common sense and integrity.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

My all time childhood favourite was The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.  I have wonderful memories of the stories in the book.  They fired my imagination as a child to disappear into all sorts of distant and magical places.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

I had no real ambition as a child.  I was influenced by my parents to get ‘a nice job in an office’!  As an adult I have always wanted to work in the community.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I really love Holland – and especially Amsterdam.  It has a wonderful sense of order, fairness and clean living.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I spend a great deal of spare time running and taking part in combat and ‘spin’ classes.  I enjoy socialising with friends and family.

Miss Buckley Support & Interventions
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

Before I was a teacher in a primary school I taught children to ride horses. I loved seeing the progress they could make when they didn’t give up! I then became a teacher because I wanted to play a part in helping children to grow up into thoughtful, curious and creative adults. I love watching children become more independent and achieve new things. I particularly like teaching Maths as I enjoy seeing the smiles on children’s faces when they finally solve a problem or find a new way of getting the answer to a calculation!

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?
I think teachers need to be patient, caring, determined, enthusiastic and compassionate. A sense of humour is important and we need to have lots of energy too! It also helps to have an interest in looking for second hand books at car boot sales and charity shops!

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?
I loved reading To Kill A Mockingbird at school during my GCSEs but nowadays I love picture books! My favourites are by an author called Oliver Jeffers.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

Before I decided I wanted to be a teacher, I wanted to work with animals and liked the idea of being a zookeeper!

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

My favourite country is England! I absolutely love Cornwall and every year I try to visit there. I have lots of lovely childhood memories and think it has the most beautiful coastlines!

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?
I enjoy reading on my Kindle and find it very relaxing. I also enjoy walking and have recently started Geocaching which is great fun and allows me to see places which I would have never found otherwise. One of my passions is still horses and horse riding and I enjoy going with my friends to local horse shows. When I have the time I also love to cook for my family!

Mrs Sawle Administrative Support & Teaching Assistant

Q.  Why did you become a Teaching Assistant and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I started at the school as a Lunchtime Controller and soon after I realised that I enjoyed working with children and wanted to do more. Everyday is different and the pleasure it gives you when you see the children make progress and you know you're helping them achieve is amazing!

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Patience, enthusiasm, understanding and good listening skills.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

As a child I enjoyed reading Enid Blyton books I now enjoy reading Michael Morpurgo books and love reading them with my children.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A nurse/midwife. 

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I have visited lots of beautiful places here in the UK.  My favorite though has to be Florida, Disneyland as I'm a child at heart.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I enjoy family time, walks and socialising with friends and family.  

Mrs Azad Teaching Assistant

Q. Why did you become a TA and what aspects of teaching do you like best?   

I enjoy working with children and seeing them progress.

Q. What qualities do you think are important for a TA to have?  

I think patience, being calm and having an understanding of each child's individual needs is important.

3. What is your favorite book and why?  

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was my favourite book.  I loved the characters and Roald Dahl's imagination.

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?  

I wanted to be a nurse.

Q. Have you visited a country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?  

I have visited Saudi Arabia several times and also like going to Bangladesh where I have some family.  I enjoy the rural countryside there.

Q. How do you like tor relax?  Have you any hobbies?  

I love to cook and sew.  I make my own Asian clothes and those of my daughters as well.  I relax by watching my favourite programmes on TV.  

Mrs Neal Teaching Assistant
Q. Why did you become a teacher/TA and what aspects of teaching do you like best?   

I always enjoyed helping out whenever I could when my boys attended All Saints, and following a career break I decided I'd like to become a TA permanently.  It's brilliant to see the children make progress and to see the smiled on their faces when I've helped them and the 'get it'! 

Q. What qualities do you think are important for a teacher/TA to have?  

Endless patience, enthusiasm, positivity and encouragement.  A sense of humour is a must!

Q. What is your favorite book and why?  

I really enjoy reading crime thrillers, especially Peter James's books about DS Roy Grace.  He only releases one book each year, so I count down the days until launch day, read it avidly, and then have to wait another year for the next book! 

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?  

A doctor, because I wanted to help people.

Q. Have you visited a country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?  

I visited the Maldives with my husband before we had children.  It was idyllic!  I loved the crystal clear water and the amazing variety of vividly coloured fish.  One day we went on a snorkelling trip and swam close to a whale shark!  It was extraordinary!  We would love to take our boys there, but they'd complain about the long flight!

Q. How do you like tor relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I love to keep fit and enjoy zumba, pilates and yoga.  I have been playing the clarinet since I was 10, and am a member of a wind band and, of course, All Saints school band!   

Mrs Hall Teaching Assistant

Q. Why did you become a teacher/TA and what aspects of teaching do you like best?

Originally it was so that I had a job which fitted around my own family.  I never realised I would enjoy it as much as I do! I like spending time with children, they are fun and they constantly surprise you and make you think about new ways to look at things.

Q. What qualities do you think are important for a teacher/TA to have?

Patience, a sense of humour and the ability to admit you don’t know everything.

Q. What is your favourite book and why?

Matilda, because I always wanted to be her! I loved books and wished I had magic abilities to go along with it.

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be an air hostess, it looked glamorous and fun. I realised it wasn’t the job for me when I decided I was petrified of being on a plane!

Q. Have you visited a country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I like going on holidays in the UK, there are so many beautiful places to visit and sights to see.  I love going to Devon, the Jurassic coastline is stunning and fish and chips on the cob at Lyme Regis is something my whole family enjoys.

Q. How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I relax by spending time with my family, baking and going to the gym.

Mrs Batten Teaching Assistant & Midday Supervisor
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I like working with children and I think it is a very rewarding job – particularly when you know you have helped someone.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

To be very patient and calm.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I enjoy reading books about history.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

I always wanted to be a nurse or a veterinary nurse.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I loved Cyprus because the people were so welcoming.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I enjoy working in my garden and walking my dog.

Mrs Palmer Teaching Assistant & Speech and Language Leader
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I love working with the children and seeing them make progress.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Being able to work as part of a team.  Empathy and patience.  A sense of humour.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

Wuthering Heights because I would love to have been Catherine wandering the moors.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A vet or a farmer.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

Peru.  The scenery was amazing and so diverse and the people were very friendly.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I enjoy reading and gardening.  My hobbies include obedience showing with my dogs and walking.  I am a keen photographer.

Mrs Walker Administrative Support & Teaching Assistant
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I became a TA as I enjoyed helping out in my daughter’s class at Boyne Hill School so much.  I love getting to know individual children and helping them increase their confidence and achieve their targets.  I like the times in the day when you can make time for children to talk (like circle time) and therefore get to know them better.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

To be patient, kind and caring.  To be a good listener and have a sense of humour!  To be knowledgeable, be able to deal with different personalities and have excellent organisational skills.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite books from my childhood are the ‘Amelia Jane’ books by Enid Blyton as they are full of imagination.  They are so funny and always have a moral.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A tennis player.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

Egypt – It is steeped in history.  The ancient architecture is beautifully detailed and each piece tells a story.  It is like a different world with very strange customs and is full of mystery.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I like to relax by meeting up with friends.  My main hobby is netball (although I have recently had to give it up due to injury.)  I also enjoy cycling and watching Manchester United F.C.

Mrs Klinker Teaching Assistant
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

To help children.  I enjoy seeing the pleasure on a child’s face when they have finally got it!

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

I think sense of humour is vital!

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I read lots of books – at least one a week.  I have not read a book more than once, as there are always new books I want to read.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A nurse.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I enjoyed visiting the U.S.A because the food was wonderful!

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I relax by sewing and I go to Zumba once a week.

Mrs Gigg Teaching Assistant
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I enjoy helping children and seeing them progress.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Patience, a sense of humour and understanding.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP history.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a hairdresser.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

Portugal because of the friendly people and the lovely weather.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I knit for my grandchildren – clothes and dolls clothes.

Mrs Peyton Teaching Assistant
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

Initially I chose the job because the hours fitted in well around my children and because I felt I had the right temperament.   I love communicating with children and knowing that, in some small way, I have made a difference to their lives.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Patience, compassion, a positive attitude and a good understanding of the subjects.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

Waterlogged – It is a simple book about one man’s adventures wild swimming around Britain.  It is beautifully written and clearly shows the kindness and unique qualities of the people he meets as well as gentle observations of the natural world.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A farm hand!

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

New Zealand.  The polite people and the stunning scenery.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I love reading and I also meditate.

Mrs Hallahan Teaching Assistant
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I love working with children – it is such a rewarding job.  

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

You have to be understanding, and be willing to listen to the children in order to support them.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I enjoy books about gardening and recently I have been reading lots of books about World War 2.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A hairdresser.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

When I visited Australia we went to Perth.  I loved the view as you looked down from King’s Park over Perth itself.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I enjoy working in my garden and singing in the All Saints Community Choir.

Mrs Pattison Teaching Assistant & ELSA
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I love seeing a child have the 'aha' moment of realisation when they understand something or realise they can do something. I particularly enjoy seeing them become proud of what they are and what they can achieve.  

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teaching assistant to have?

Patience, empathy, being caring, understanding, positive, encouraging and recognising that every child is an individual. 

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I adore reading and read most days so cannot possible choose a favourite book! Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl were definitely among my favourite authors when I was younger.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A vet because I did and do still love animals.  

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I have family in a little fishing village in Ireland called Tullybegs. I adore visiting there for the unspoilt beaches, countryside and wildlife, and for the slow and friendly way of life! I also love camping in England! I love exploring places such as Hampshire, Somerset and Dorset and being out in the open air and around the camp fire!

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I love yoga and meditation and try to practice both weekly.  I also love reading, walking and going on adventures with my children and our dog Teddy. 

Miss Coombes Teaching Assistant
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I became a teaching assistant because I really love children and I was thinking about becoming a teacher.  I love the sense of achievement when you suddenly see that spark in a child’s face that they understand.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

To be patient kind and helpful with the children.  To be conscientious, hardworking and reliable for the teacher.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe because I love the Narnia books and I’ve read it many times.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A policewoman.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

Japan.  My brother lives there so I have been three times.  Even though there is very little space in Tokyo and very few people have gardens, they still manage to grow plants and shrubs that are beautifully clipped and shaped in any patch of ground available around their house.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I like to sit in my conservatory on my nice comfy sofa and watch films.  I also like to read in the bath with lots of bubbles.  Other things I like to do are putting on free community events for Woodlands Park.  Then there is also swimming, cycling and walking  - when I get the chance!

Mrs Ray Teaching Assistant
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I became a teaching assistant because I enjoy working with children.  I enjoy seeing the progress the children make throughout the school year.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Teaching assistants should have patience, understanding, enthusiasm and an interest in what the children are learning.  They should always be available and approachable when needed.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I have enjoyed several Michael Morpurgo books.  The one that is most memorable is The Butterfly Lion which I read with my son when he was younger.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

As I was growing up I always wanted to be a nurse but soon realise I was far too squeamish.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I haven’t travelled much but when I was younger I went to Greece to the Island of Kos.  The beaches and scenery were very memorable.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I enjoy relaxing with a glass of wine and listening to music.  I also enjoy taking walks with my partner.

Gemma Brewerton Teaching Assistant

Q: Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of the job do you like the most? 
I became a teaching assistant because I wanted to help children learn and progress. It's so rewarding knowing that you are making a difference somehow. 

Q: What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have? 
To have an understanding that each child is different. To be patient, caring and have a sense of humour.

Q: What is your favourite book and why? 
I can't pick a favorite but I have just read The Girl on the Train and thought that was fantastic. I love physiological thrillers.

Q: What did you want to be when you were little? 
I wanted to be a nurse. I've always known I wanted to help people in some way.

Q: Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?
I've been to lots of amazing countries but most recently I visited Cyprus which was stunning. The people were so welcoming and I ticked something off my bucket list- parasailing!

Q: How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies? 
I love to go for walks and spend time with my friends and family. I also enjoy going out for dinner and shopping- maybe a little too much!

School closes for the mid-term holiday at 3.30pm on Thursday 19th October and re-opens at the usual time on Monday 30th October. We hope everyone has a lovely break.
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