Welcome to the First English Themed Edition of the USH Newsletter!
Meet the English team for this term.
Looking ahead, the English department is fully staffed for September. We are looking forward to welcoming Clare Williams (Assistant Head and English specialist), Natasha Callaway (our new NQT), Marcus Bailey and Rhian Cox. We send Sophie Dunne our very best wishes as she leaves for her maternity this term and congratulations to Jas Kaur on her beautiful baby boy born recently.
I have always loved books and reading. From an early age I used to hide under my blanket at night reading with a torch just so I could finish my book! I gained an Honours Degree at Bristol University and I am proud to have experienced a Russell Group Education.
I knew teaching was the career for me. I’ve taught for twelve years now, in several schools in Bristol and Hampshire, and have been in management since 2004. I never tire of the students and my experiences with them; every day is an adventure.
My favourite book is probably, now, Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. Every single time I read it I find something new to think about, usually something that a student has pointed out or read into its meaning.
English isn’t an easy subject to master but I am so proud of the perseverance and determination that students bring to their studies. It has been my privilege to join and lead the fantastic English team at USH (particularly after the best ever results of 2014 where the students achieved significantly higher than the national average for progress). Sarah Hayward, my Deputy Head of English, has been a great personal support to me during my first year here, and together with our team, we will continue to raise standards at USH.
Anna Collins, Subject Leader English