About

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School Leader / Teacher

An experienced school leader, I have been headteacher or executive headteacher of three schools. I have worked in schools in Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. I am passionate about developing leadership at all levels; working with Inspiring Leaders to deliver their NPQML programme. I sit on the executive committee of Leicestershire Primary Heads and have served as a mentor to those new to headship. In my role as a Local Leader of Education, I offer tailored School to School Support and can be commissioned through Affinity Teaching School Alliance.

Author

I have a strong belief in empowering the children in my care to become the best they can be; good citizens who work hard and care for their community. I strongly believe that everyone has the right to succeed and no-one should suffer at the hands or harsh words of others. This has led to my most recent venture into writing children’s literature. Having written my first picture book “The Best Mummy Snails in the Whole Wide World” it has received much critical acclaim and positive publicity in both local and national press including Left Lion and Diva Magazine as well as being featured on BBC Radio Nottingham. I currently have my profile on Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature website.

Vocalist

Since I was 15, I have trained with leading vocal teacher, Michelle Wegwart. Under her tuition, I have had vast experience of singing both as a soloist and as part of a number of choirs. Some of this experience has included taking part in Opera Start workshops aimed at introducing young people to the power of music and performance. The Opera Start initiative was originally accessed by secondary school pupils. Never one to shy away from a challenge, I instigated the first Opera Start workshops within my own primary setting, encouraging all pupils ranging in age from 4-11 to work with a group of professional and semi-professional musicians. In my current school, I have helped them embark on their journey of musical adventure by starting an after school choir and recently rousing the staff to undertake a flash-mob project.