Testimonials

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Caludon career pathways. Where could your training journey take you…

NAME JOB TITLE CALUDON CAREER EXPERIENCE
Sally Hammersley

Qualified – 2014

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Leader of Oracy across the curriculum “I qualified in 2014 from Warwick University on the School Direct pathway, having trained at Caludon Castle School. Since qualifying, I have progressed to the role of Leader of Oracy across the curriculum. I work as part of the literacy team at Caludon, promoting literacy across the curriculum and delivering staff training, as well as organising a range of activities to support the use of speaking and listening throughout the school. This extends to both students and staff, promoting the noisy classroom for active discussion in lessons, whilst also growing the confidence and oracy skills of our learners.”
Jodie Pettipher

Qualified – 2014

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Assistant Leader of English (KS5) “I studied PGCE School Direct Secondary English at Warwick University, and trained at Caludon Castle School and completed the course in 2014. I was offered a job at Caludon in January of my training year and completed my NQT year here.

Last year, I was part of the Emerging Leaders programme which gave me a chance to look into KS5 English in more depth. I have since been employed as Assistant Leader of English (KS5).”

Victoria McManus

Qualified – 2007

Principal Leader of Learning for Mathematics

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“Having attended Caludon Castle School I studied for a Mathematics degree at Warwick University. On completion of this I studied for my PGCE in Mathematics at Warwick University, graduating in June 2007. I began my career at Caludon in July 2007 successfully completing my NQT year. From this point I have had a wide range of opportunities available to me which have continued to develop my subject pedagogy and allowed me to develop my leadership skills. I have been accredited as a Lead Learning Practitioner and support the accreditation of Mathematics as a Lead Learning Faculty. I have been leading the Mathematics faculty for the last three years supporting the development of two further Lead Learning Practitioners and developing our philosophy of creative learning and teaching.”
Rachael Anderson-Shore

Qualified – 2013

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Assistant Principal Leader of Learning for Mathematics “I completed my teacher training at Caludon Castle School. I am now in my fourth year of teaching and I have progressed into the role of Assistant Principal Leader of Learning for Mathematics where I aid the Faculty leader in the strategic, operational and day to day development of the Mathematics department. I am largely involved in identifying key priorities for curriculum planning which feeds into developing schemes of learning and summative assessments for KS3. In addition, I liaise with a number of feeder primary schools to facilitate level 6 enrichment for HA Year 6 students. I co-lead on development of great learning and teaching within the department along with the quality assurance process of this, such as learning walks, work scrutinies and evaluation of learning plans. As a Leader of Learning, I have a whole school responsibility for the Most Able. In this role, I deliver and facilitate training and support for all members of staff, in line with the school’s learning and teaching priorities.”
Oliver Riding

Qualified – 2016

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Teacher of Maths – NQT “I trained through Warwick as a School Direct maths trainee based at Caludon Castle in 2015-16 and am currently completing my NQT year here. Caludon’s active and engaging approach to mathematics teaching, along with the friendly and supporting staff and mentors have ensured that my teacher training has been rewarding, well supported and truly enjoyable.”
Paul Moffatt

Qualified – 2014

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Teacher of Physical Education (I/C of extra-curricular sport/sport enrichment) and Associate leader for Student Leadership “I have taught at Caludon since finishing my School Direct training course here in 2013. At the end of my NQT year, I was offered a responsibility for Student Leadership. As part of my role, I provide CPD training sessions for staff, making me an integral part of the Learning and Teaching team. I am now in my third year of teaching at Caludon and my role has grown to include responsibility for sport enrichment across all key stages as well as student leadership. Within my department, I act as a subject mentor to a Schools Direct trainee, and can use my first-hand experience of the school and university to provide effective support on their training journey. In the years proceeding the completion my teacher training, I have had numerous invitations and opportunities to return to Warwick University to lead on subject specific training for both PGCE and Schools Direct trainees.”
Lindsay James

Qualified – 2010

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Associate Leader for ITT “Having trained at Caludon, I qualified as a teacher in 2009. In my second year of teaching I was responsible for the promotion of Creativity and Collaboration across the school. Having taken a career break, in order to travel, I have returned to Caludon to teach English and History. I am Associate Leader for ITT, supporting trainees in their development, liaising closely with Warwick University and assisting trainees in their learning journey. Caludon gives you the opportunity to excel as a practitioner with plenty, and varied, career opportunities for those who wish to pursue a career pathway.”
Kacey DeGroot

Qualified – 2005

Assistant Principal Leader of Learning – Drama “I studied for the PGCE in Drama and English in 2004-5 and received my initial placement at Caludon Castle School, from September until Christmas. In my view, the quality of the initial teacher training, and the opportunity to experiment with ideas and strategies, supported by a school and department with ‘outstanding’ expectations, and with the focus firmly on the students, allowed me to undertake an extremely successful longer second training placement at Bluecoat school. Because of my experience and the quality of my teaching I secured very quick progression in my career and was able to lead the Drama department in another school for four years, straight from my NQT year.

Undoubtedly my Caludon Castle School training experience was a vital factor in my successful appointment here; firstly as a lead for creativity across the school, then as Head of Drama, and finally to my current position as Assistant Principal Leader of Learning.”