My passion for History began with an early trip to Hampton Court Palace. My imagination was captured walking the corridors trodden by Henry VIII and many others whose influence is felt in our country to this day.
As my education progressed and my interest in History widened, I began to appreciate the process of critically assessing and combining a variety of historical sources to construct my own interpretation of events. As Confucius stated, “study the past, if you would define the future”.
I took my undergraduate degree in History at Liverpool University and followed this with a PGCE in the subject, later completing an MSc in Education at the University of Oxford. My lifelong love of learning continued more recently with the completion of a Graduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham Law School. This latter course of study was completed by distance learning, which has given me a first-hand appreciation of the unique requirements of those studying remotely rather than in a classroom environment.
I have over 20 years of experience in teaching GCSE and A level History and Government and Politics at Secondary schools in Derbyshire, Oxfordshire and London. During this time, in addition to classroom teaching, I have had the responsibility of being both Head of History and Head of Sixth Form. More recently, I have held a role as an examiner for GCSE and A level History.
I have always taken a great deal of satisfaction from seeing my students develop their critical thinking as Historians and have taken great pleasure in seeing many of them choose to study the subject at excellent universities and beyond.
When not engaging in my love for History and Politics, I enjoy singing in a community choir and playing the clarinet in a local wind ensemble. I also love exploring the Oxfordshire countryside where I live with my husband, two children and dog, who unsurprisingly is named Henry!
I look forward to sharing my passion for History with the students of Wolsey Hall Oxford.