Department: Design Faculty
Role in School: Head of the Design Faculty
Started at Northgate: 2002
Where you studied: Middlesex University BA (Hons) in Fine Art. PGCE
Your interests and any exciting/unusual things you have done: I will have been at Northgate High School for twenty years by the time we are together in September. I have seen many changes whilst I have been at Northgate, I arrived in post as the Head of Art from London where I taught in a school called Southgate School. The department has evolved and developed into the fabulous Design Faculty that it is today. Our Design Faculty includes: Art, Textiles, Photography, RM, Graphics and Food. Our team are always happy to help with events and productions and it is very likely that you may help too in future events.
Being an Art teacher is part of what I do but I love the outdoors, really enjoy gardening, and especially enjoy going on holidays abroad with my family. I have two cheeky dogs and a very stubborn cat. Every chance I get I always like to visit exhibitions, galleries and of course take our pupils on visits too if we get the opportunity.
I really love our school too, so much so that Mr Mottley and I decided to send our own children here. My eldest daughter Freya is now in Year 12 at Dereham Sixth Form and my youngest daughter Esme is now in Year 9. Mr Mottley joined our school three years ago as he was so impressed and he is in charge of Design Technology.
Message to Year 7: As I said to my old Year 11 form in Leavers’ Assembly, aim to be the best version of yourself. Aim high and you will do well. I strongly believe that attitude is everything, so always have a positive one. Y7 is a very exciting time; you may arrive with loads of friends but you may meet your forever-best friend. There will be clubs and activities, visits and trips. Your hopes and dreams may start small but by the time you leave in Year 11 you will have ambitions and success that you may not even think about yet. Year 7 is the start of your journey and I will help you along the way. I am really looking forward to being your form tutor and cannot wait to meet you.