Headteacher of Maple Walk School since September 2012. Previously a head for seven years at a school in Berkshire.
Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?
It's very simple. It wasn't a 'who', it was really a 'what'. The reality is that I love children and I really wanted to feel like I could make a difference to them and to the start of their education career and that is the nuts and bolts of it.
I had a career break in the world of marketing and I thoroughly enjoyed it but I actually realised very quickly that teaching is a bit of a calling.
What achievement are you most proud of as Head?
I am really proud when a child comes running into school and says "I love school". That is what it is all about, a child who loves learning and loves their school, is going to do well and be successful.
Since I came here, the thing I am most proud of is the development of a knowledge based curriculum; this core knowledge is being delivered through an exciting pedagogy. They are gaining knowledge and understanding of their world and their environment, whilst attending a creative and affordable school.
What does a successful school look like to you?
It is inclusive, creative, enthusiastic and dynamic. It has children with a love of learning and a high level of literacy and numeracy.
What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?
I want them to be confident in themselves and their abilities, be it academic, sport, music or just being a jolly nice person.
I want them to be articulate, have a love of learning and a good work ethic so that whatever school they go to, they understand the importance of the discipline of work.
Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.
Creative, inspiring, engaging, curiosity and confidence.