I became Head of Raleigh in 2003. I have been a teacher since 1992, before that I taught in a school in Kenya for a term; worked with homeless young people in London for three years and did a variety of jobs during holidays whilst I studied at University.
In my spare time I run, swim and cycle regularly taking part in trail races and triathlons. I also enjoy spending time with my family and love being outdoors whether in the garden, the beach or the hills. During the holidays I enjoy travelling in the UK, Europe and beyond.
As Head of Raleigh House I am determinedly optimistic that every student can achieve their potential. Sometimes they may need a little extra help and guidance but as long as the student, the school and parents/carers work together (the ‘Magic Triangle’) I believe all students can achieve their best. We have a great team of tutors in Raleigh who are enthusiastic, hard working and supportive of all their students – they are regularly in contact with home. Mrs Young, my deputy, and I are always available to discuss any concerns you may have.
Fundraising for Charity
Every year Raleigh selects a local, national and international charity to support. Money is collected through the ’10p Tuesday’ section of our fortnightly assemblies and three cheques are sent out in time for Christmas.
This year our local charity is Children’s Hospice South West in Fremington; nationally we support Cancer Research UK and Internationally we support Water Aid.
Raleigh House is named after one of our greatest seafarers, Sir Walter Raleigh. As a sailor, landlord, Member of Parliament, advisor to Elizabeth 1st , ‘discoverer’ of the potato and a poet he was a man of many talents.
Some historians claim he was nothing more than a pirate in search of gold on the high seas whilst others believe he played a significant role in supporting Elizabeth as monarch. Whichever view you support I would like to think Raleigh House encourages all of Sir Walter’s positive attributes in its students. Hopefully none will end up be-headed, Raleigh’s fate in 1618!