I recently joined the Grinling Gibbons family in September 2017 and I am excited for the years ahead. Whilst at University, I had visited Grinling Gibbons on a two week placement and knew immediately that this was the school for me. The enthusiasm of the Head teacher, teachers, staff, as well as the passion that the children have for their learning has been infectious, heightening my drive to work in this remarkable and nurturing environment.
I am proud to work in such a culturally diverse community where parents are supportive and value their children’s education. I look forward to working in partnership with you in developing the future generation and in creating opportunities to further stretch them as they develop into lifelong learners.
I joined Grinling Gibbons in March 2011 as an LSA in year 1. The child I worked with went from not being able to communicate, read or write, to being able to take his SATS, which was an amazingly rewarding achievement for us both. When he went onto secondary school, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to join the inclusion team which is where I’ve been since September 2016. I get to work within a team who put the child’s needs first every day and can honestly say that I love my job.
Working at Grinling Gibbons, no two days are ever the same. I work in class one to one supporting different children; I run speech and language sessions; I arrange for our AGT children to further their learning by sourcing and arranging specific events; and I run mindfulness sessions as well as a fit club for the staff and an after-school multisport club. In September 2017, I organised a residential trip to Kingswood for the Year 6 children which was a huge success.
Grinling Gibbons is the only place I know that hugs so much. Our school is a real community, and one that I’m very proud to be a part of.