Early Years Education
An interesting career journey has led to my current post as Reception class teacher at Bronte School and teaching at Bronte Nursery. This has included working with physically disabled children in a special school and as part of a busy innercity Speech and Language Therapy Department. My teaching career began as my own children embarked upon their own journeys into primary school.
I have enjoyed working in Early Years for the best part of my teaching career. I recognise the enormous impact that a high quality Early Years experience can have on our youngest children and strive to ensure the children with whom we work are engaged as learners, are confident, well-motivated and importantly, have as much fun as possible!
When not making play dough or experimenting with slime recipes I tend to find my time taken up with my own family commitments. I have three daughters, the youngest herself was a pupil at Bronte School. I am also a newly qualified Grandma and enjoy a large and ever growing extended family.
Head of Learning Support
I began my teaching career at thirty-six achieving a life-long ambition to teach. I have always been fascinated with how children learn and taught in two local primary schools for twelve years taking classes from Reception to Y6. However, I found that I became increasingly fascinated with what can prevent children from learning effectively and this led me to become the Inclusion Manager and Assistant Head at a local primary school. This meant, however, that I had no time for teaching and the reason I enjoy my role at Bronte School and Nursery is that not only do I oversee the learning support provision but I also have the opportunity to work directly with the children.
I am married to Ralph and have four sons and two grandsons. I enjoy going to the cinema and the theatre, spending time with my family and friends, trips to the seaside, going to concerts, gardening and baking.
Having completed a degree in French and German at the University of Nottingham, I began my teaching career at Highsted Grammar School where I had the pleasure of teaching both languages to A-Level standard.
After six years at the school, I decided to take a career break and focus on raising my own family. However, I found that I really missed the buzz of teaching and consequently I began to volunteer at my children’s primary school. I was soon asked by the school to teach German from Year 3 to Year 6 and I quickly discovered that I loved working with primary age children who were so full of enthusiasm and joie de vivre.
Meeting with the children at Bronte Nursery is a true highlight of my week. The children really enjoy singing in French and learning a new language.
Teaching at Bronte School and Nursery is, in my mind, very special in that it places true value on languages. I am delighted to be working in such settings and see each day as a privilege and an opportunity to pass on my own love of languages.
Outside of school, I am at my happiest spending time with my beautiful family and I am currently embarking on a new challenge of teaching myself a new language, Mandarin. It reminds me how tricky learning a new language can be and just how talented the Bronte children are!
Sport and PE
After studying Sports Science at the University of Roehampton, I started my Sports Teaching career in America. I spent 6 months of 2006 Coaching Soccer on the East Coast, from Baltimore to South Carolina. For the past 9 years I have been Teaching Primary School PE in Lambeth, Lewisham, Bromley, Dartford, Greenwich and parts of Kent.
I currently sit on the All Party Parliamentary Group for a Fit and Healthy Childhood and am a huge believer in the power of Sport and PE to improve each and every child’s school experience. I am incredibly excited to be working at Bronte Nursery and as Head of PE at Bronte School.
The Amelia Appleby School of Performing Arts
Ballet, Music and Movement
We are pleased to offer both ballet and music and movement lessons to our children, of all ages. Miss Amelia and her team infuse enthusiasm that ensures the children enjoy the interaction and magic that their ballet classes provide.
Music and Movement classes are very popular with the children as it is fun, energetic and sometimes loud! These classes are for babies up to our pre-schoolers and help with balance and co-ordination when making music, improve language and speech with song, along with moving to the beat with their friends. Fun is had by all.