For nine years before coming to Cranleigh, I was based in Sydney Australia. I initially emigrated to Australia in 2006, partly to work in Sales and Marketing for a major events company, and partly to watch the 2006 Ashes series! Despite the disappointment at the latter, my job scope expanded to business events in Asia, and I was regularly travelling to Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong to manage major financial services and investment clients. I took a year out to complete my MBA, before accepting a job with Capgemini Consulting, which took me all around Australia. My key role was to work with both private and public sector organisations to help them through major business transformations, mostly related to technology. I also became involved in the graduate recruitment program, in particular the training of new hires for the Company. I moved back to the UK in January 2014 and continued working as a freelancer for Capgemini and a number of other small consulting companies, before starting at Cranleigh in September 2014.
In my final year in Australia, I found that the part of my job I enjoyed the most was the training role I was doing with the new graduate hires. I managed to make some connections with schools in Sydney to do some teaching observations and soon realised that this would be the right career for me moving forward. On returning to the UK, I continued gaining as much experience in teaching as I could, through short placements at schools including: Caterham, Alleyns, Portsmouth Grammar School and University College School. I was lucky enough to get an interview for a History and Politics role at Cranleigh, which was a fantastic opportunity to work at an amazing school and in a very dynamic department.
This is now my 6th year at Cranleigh. In that time, I have taught History, Politics, EPQ and some Drama. I have also been a Deputy Housemaster in East and have been Head of Politics since September 2018.
My main role is to lead the Politics department, setting the strategic direction and managing the day to day teaching of the subject with my other colleagues. Part of that includes managing the overall department budget, resourcing and planning schemes of work, delivering lessons, setting and marking assessments and keeping the pupils on target to achieve excellent grades in their A Levels at the end of their final year. As Cranleigh is a boarding school I also have an active role as a house Tutor for the Sixth Form in East, in addition to being a coach of rugby, hockey and cricket. I also run the debating and public speaking competitions at Cranleigh.
The family focus is really important at Cranleigh and something that I think all staff, pupils and parents share. Everyone is extremely supportive of each other and will strive to get the best out of their time here. Each day is different to the next, which makes it a really exciting place to work and live. All of this together has really helped and will continue to make Cranleigh such a successful school.