I joined St Bede's in September 2013, after graduating from the Open University, as part of the pioneering School Direct initiative. From the several schools in the North East offering the new-style training placements, I chose St Bede's because of its commitment to the community; its excellent track record in student performance regionally; and for its "Outstanding" reputation, which has been cemented nationally by Ofsted.
The application process was coordinated with extreme efficiency from start to finish and I am delighted to now be a part of such a dynamic and innovative team. The opportunities for training and professional development are faultless, with regular sessions for new and experienced teachers, which are effectively designed to equip staff with new tools and skills that can be immediately implemented in the classroom.
The working environment is incredibly warm and welcoming, with colleagues from all departments willing to offer guidance, advice and support. The children and young people are a delight to teach and I am very pleased that I have been given the opportunity to transfer my skills from a job in journalism for teaching English. With St Bede's support, I am looking forward to a very long, happy and rewarding career in the classroom.