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Kate Wolstenholme, Key Stage Leader in English
Kate Wolstenholme

'I have worked at Phoenix Collegiate since the beginning of my career and have been supported by the school in developing my career through a range of different CPD opportunities which have enabled me to hold various roles over time. I am proud to be a member of the teaching and learning team and feel strongly that the school develops staff and engages with research as we continually strive to improve the quality of education on offer for our students. The school has supported me in gaining Lead Practitioner accreditation with the SSAT and I now work as a Key Stage Leader in English, overseeing the GCSE courses. Phoenix has a really supportive staff community and a sensible approach to workload, including a carefully considered feedback policy, and working here provides the opportunity to further your career and make a difference to the lives of young people who really appreciate the input you give them.'

Aron Rowe, Leader of History
Jo Hemming

'I have worked at Phoenix Collegiate since 2015 and have been fortunate enough to excel in my career at the school. I joined the team as a History NQT; I have progressed quickly, becoming Deputy Leader of History in my second year before becoming Head of History two years later. At every step in my career at Phoenix, I have been supported and guided to make sure I have all the opportunities possible to develop and learn.

Through the Phoenix offer, the school has pushed the development of all staff and I have seen this grow over the past several years. All staff are supported to become the best they can be. Phoenix Collegiate offers a chance to become part of a community, where staff really do have the chance to become the best they can be.'

Wesley Price, Teacher of Geography
Wesley Price

'After being supported in my Teacher Training at Phoenix Collegiate in 2016, and my NQT year in 2017, I have had fantastic years of teaching Geography within school. I have always felt immeasurably supported both departmentally and around school in general. I and many others have benefitted from fantastic career development through CPD, both within and outside of school, and requests for support or progression are always met with positivity.

These opportunities have led to me gaining further responsibility to work with the Teaching and Learning team to drive T&L within school. This career progression is a result of the amazing development opportunities that are afforded to staff at the Phoenix Collegiate.'

Sunny Kumar, Deputy Head Teacher
Sunny Kumar

'Since joining Phoenix Collegiate in September 2015, I have benefited from developing my knowledge and experience in school leadership. I joined the school as an Assistant Head Teacher in Science, which involved leading a large team of motivated teachers. I was well supported with a comprehensive TLR structure within the department and a teaching allocation that reflected the dynamic role of a middle leader.

Through the professional development programme, expert line management and opportunities offered (including taking elements of whole school leadership programmes), I quickly progressed to the role of Assistant Head Teacher for Teaching and Learning.

This was my first role as part of a core Senior Leadership Team and this progression was due to the supportive nature of the school. I have always felt my views and contributions were always recognised which led to leading school improvement.

In 2020, I was appointed as Deputy Head Teacher at Phoenix. I credit the professional development (including completing relevant NPQ qualifications) and the vast stores of experience that my peers have shared with me that have supported my leadership journey.

There is a real vision here at Phoenix, with a collaborative nature and fantastic staff body. It is a real community that is cherished by staff and pupils.'

Laura Talbot, KS3 Leader of English
Laura Talbot

'I joined Phoenix Collegiate in 2016 as an NQT and have felt part of a thriving and welcoming community ever since. I never imagined working anywhere else after being a Menzies / Phoenix student myself. My goal was to give back to the community I was once part of and influence students who I can relate to and inspire. The school supported me relentlessly throughout my career, and the support and training I received in my NQT year gave me the confidence to apply for and gain the role of KS3 Leader of English. Whilst being in role, I have now also completed and passed my NPQLT. Phoenix truly nurtures and develops their staff, allowing them to progress and access an array of opportunities. Working at Phoenix is exciting, stimulating and thoroughly rewarding!'

Kirti Bagri, Assistant Head Teacher / Head of Science
Laura Talbot

'Mrs. Bagri, Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Science, here at Phoenix Collegiate, joined the school in September 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Wolverhampton, where she studied Biomedical Science and then a PGCE in Secondary Science.

Mrs. Bagri started her teaching career in 2006 at a school in Sutton Coldfield, where she was an Assistant Head of House and a mentor to trainee teachers. As a former student, Mrs. Bagri jumped at the opportunity to re-join Phoenix. She is keen to play her own part in making a positive and significant difference for Phoenix students. Since joining the Senior Leadership Team Mrs. Bagri has focused on improving the communication between parents, students and staff. She firmly believes in building positive relationships with all involved to help develop and build the culture at Phoenix Collegiate.'


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