After taking numerous sports leadership roles while at school, I knew that a career as a PE teacher was something I was eager to pursue. With this in mind, I studied Sport and Exercise Science at university and continued coaching while studying. Following graduation I took a job in a PE department which reinforced my initial thoughts of seeking out a school-based teacher training course, compared to a traditional PGCE. This is how I discovered the Altius Alliance.
Visiting Cheadle Hulme High School, where the Altius Alliance is based, on my initial interview day I knew this was the place for me. The ethos, enthusiasm and supportiveness of the school really suited me and I knew immediately it would be a privilege to train here. The students saying ’hi’ to me and the friendliness from the staff as I went into my interview lesson clinched my decision, I knew I needed to do my best to earn my place on this teacher training course.
I was offered teacher training places with two other providers but when my Altius Alliance offer came through I was over the moon and quickly accepted. I was ready for the hard work to begin. The continued support and effective feedback from my mentors ensured that I was able to organise myself and excel during my teacher training year. The lesson by lesson evaluations from my mentors ensured I was progressing day by day, which was fantastic in such a daunting and demanding year. Within weeks I was using a range of stimulating techniques to promote engagement in lessons, responding and adapting to the needs of the class and making sense of data and assessments while teaching full lessons.
A huge part of my role as a PE teacher takes place outside the classroom including extracurricular activities and fixtures. The high standard of these activities was a key decider in me continuing my career here. The opportunities that I had to participate and excel in these areas widened my teaching horizons and I was soon taking part in the Christmas staff pantomime, organising whole school events and choreographing the school’s dance showcase.
My favourite part of my teacher training course was getting to know the students and building relationships with them. Students at CHHS show a fantastic attitude to learning, based on the school’s ethos and the staff promoting an engaging curriculum. This makes the long hours you spend at school enjoyable and worthwhile.
I was delighted when a position opened up for a teacher of Girls’ PE starting in September 2018. I knew that I would progress well as a teacher if I remained at CHHS with the numerous opportunities and forward-thinking attitudes being part of the Laurus Trust allows. I am looking forward to taking on more responsibility as my career develops and seeing how the Laurus Trust continues to grow.
“Visiting Cheadle Hulme High School, where the Altius Alliance is based, on my initial interview day I knew this was the place for me.”