After completing my Law degree, I wanted to travel a little, so decided to head off to northern Spain to teach English as a foreign language. Apart from falling in love with the area, learning some Spanish and making some very good friends, this was a defining year for me in terms of my career and was undoubtedly what led me into teaching. On my return, I taught English to Speakers of Other Languages at East Riding College, during which time I also completed two postgraduate qualifications, the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law and my teaching qualification.
I finally found my way to Wilberforce College in 2004 and have been here ever since. Although I have taught on a variety of courses, the A Level Law and BTEC Applied Law courses are my main focus and I have a particular interest in criminal and human rights law. I thoroughly enjoy taking our students to the law courts in Hull to observe real cases – it really brings the subject alive.
As the Excellence Programme and EPQ Coordinator, I support our students with their applications to competitive universities. The best part of this role is meeting students from different subject areas, another real bonus being the opportunity to go on trips to various Russell Group Universities, including Cambridge. Running the Debating Society this year has also provided me with lots of ‘interesting’ moments.
Outside college, I have been a senior examiner for OCR A Level Law for many years. Knowing exactly what the examiners are looking for is incredibly useful in terms of helping our law students prepare for their exams.
In my spare time, I try really hard to maintain my French (I took A level French at Wilberforce in 2015) and also enjoy running…….. but only when the weather’s good!