My employment at Loughborough Grammar School began in September 2005. I had just finished my NQT year and was very excited to be back in Leicestershire and teaching in an independent boys school. I was employed as a Teacher of IT and given a Year 9 tutor group.
Within my first week I realised I was very lucky to be working at Loughborough Grammar School, as the staff were just so lovely! I’d been invited (along with the other new staff) to drinks at the Head’s residence and both the Headmaster and his wife took time to talk to me.
"My proudest moment to-date was in 2013 when my teams won the TeenTech competition for their category. I travelled with them to Buckingham Palace to have tea with HRH Duke of York."
In the first term I was approached to do a whole school assembly on Sikhism. My line manager was fabulous and gave me an enormous amount of support. I found myself on stage, about to address over 1000 boys and about 60 staff. I was nervous and my hands were trembling. I’ve no memory of what I said but the positive feedback from my colleagues gave me the confidence to continue year on year to deliver a whole school assembly.
During my 10 years at Loughborough Grammar School I have seen many changes but the one thing that has remained throughout is the respect of colleagues for each other.
It is a very positive environment in which to flourish and grow. I have started many clubs which have always been well received by senior management and supported by the PTA. I find myself in a fabulous position of having the latest, most inspiring technology at my disposal to teach computing, programming and to inspire innovation.
My proudest moment to-date was in 2013 when my teams won the TeenTech competition for their category. I travelled with them to Buckingham Palace to have tea with HRH Duke of York. In 2014 I toured the Google headquarters, in London, with another winning team and also attended a parliamentary event to meet MPs to showcase my students’ STEM projects.
"The academic, along with the extra-curricular, is what makes Loughborough Grammar School outshine other schools. "
In 2015 I was awarded the title of Teacher of the Year by the OCR examination board, and was also awarded Teacher of CREST Recognition Award by CREST British Science Association. Who could have predicted that a career in teaching could lead to an invitation to Buckingham Palace and opportunities to meet with MPs, celebrities and industry leaders.
This year, 2016, I have two winning teams at TeenTech who will travel to Buckingham Palace, and a team who have been selected to work with BT to make their innovation a reality. I also have one student who has been selected to work side by side with a professor of Biomedicine & Systems Biology, from Warwick University, to explore and put into practice the reality of his research paper.
The academic, along with the extra-curricular, is what makes Loughborough Grammar School outshine other schools. It’s the opportunities open to staff and students that make it an exciting place to work and teach. It is the network of support that has enabled me to have a department that is a vibrant hub for creativity and innovation. There is space for aspiring young engineers of not only a computer science discipline but also for those of STEM and digital media to come and experiment and make their ideas a reality!