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Kate Wolstenholme, Teacher with responsibility for English Enhancement
Kate Wolstenholme I have worked at Phoenix for four years and have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed a different role every year. I joined the staff as a HLTA/Cover Supervisor, which allowed me to work with a wide range of colleagues across the school and showed me exactly how supportive the staff are. The school then supported me through my GTP and NQT years. I have seen the school develop the quality of teaching and learning over this time and feel strongly that the school offers excellent CPD for all staff. I am now gaining whole-school experience through my role as Literacy Coordinator. Working at Phoenix provides plenty of opportunities to develop your career and to be part of a real community of staff.
Jo Hemming, Lead Practitioner in Science
Jo Hemming I joined Phoenix (then Menzies High School) in September 2001 as a Learning Support Assistant. The school then fully supported me through my degree in Biological Sciences by allowing me to attend lectures/tutorials when necessary. Upon graduating, I gained a place on the Graduate Teacher Programme via the school and, having successfully completed the GTP, have worked in the Science department ever since.

The school has always maintained my professional development and since gaining QTS I have successfully attained the position of Primary Links Co-ordinator and Assistant Head of Year. I have also been encouraged to mentor NQTs and other colleagues – an aspect of my career that I thoroughly enjoy and continue to develop.

I have stayed at Phoenix for over ten years for a multitude of reasons. Primarily, I’ve always felt in control of my career path and also, importantly, there is an excellent network of mutual support amongst the staff. In every role that I have undertaken in school, I find that there are continual opportunities to share ideas and good practice with colleagues.

The students at Phoenix respond well to a creative and positive approach to learning. They appreciate the hard work that goes into planning and delivering lessons that enable them to thrive, regardless of their ability.
Wesley Price, Teacher of Geography
Wesley Price I began my career at Phoenix in March 2013, initially as a Cover Supervisor. Whilst in this role, I was supported across the whole school, both in my role, as well as through CPD sessions that were designed, with care, to meet my needs. Phoenix later entrusted me to undertake some unqualified teaching, and eventually supported my Teacher Training. Throughout the year of my Teacher Training, I had a fantastic network of support across the school, and was always able to speak to colleagues about any issues; there is a great sense of community at Phoenix, and I have always felt welcomed and respected in the workplace.

I am very happy with my career so far at Phoenix, and am delighted to be continuing at the school into my NQT year and beyond.
Sunny Kumar, Assistant Head Teacher (Quality of Education)
Sunny KumarI have worked for Phoenix since September 2015 as AHT science and as part of the whole school extended leadership team. I arrived at the school from a previous role as head of department, at a time I was personally looking for further progression in my career. My role initially allowed me to focus working with a dedicated team of professionals within the science department under a supportive culture with an emphasis on high quality CPD at all levels (including myself!)

The role has developed further since and has kept up with my individual needs and the school has provided further opportunities to take whole school projects which match my skill set and will allow further progression onto the next part of my career. The rapid progression I have made is due to the strong leadership and line management structure within the school, regular briefings and communication with other members of SLT. As an individual, my contribution has always been recognised and together alongside my line manager, I have developed a deeper understanding of my career path.

There is a real vision here at Phoenix, with a collaborative nature and fantastic staff body – a real community that is cherished by staff and pupils.
Laura Talbot, KS3 co-ordinator of English
Laura Talbot I joined Phoenix 2 years ago as an NQT and have felt part of a thriving and welcoming community ever since. The school supported me throughout my NQT year providing me with excellent CPD and opportunities to take part in whole school projects such as World Book Day and Young Writers’ competitions. The support and training I received in my NQT year gave me the confidence to apply for and gain the role of KS3 co-ordinator of English. 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 Science
Laura Talbot I have worked at Phoenix for 6 years and have been fortunate enough to excel in my career at the school. I joined the team as a science teacher with some responsibility in science, and have progressed by being in charge of year 11 within the science department, to second in science and at the present moment as AHT in science. At every step in my career at Phoenix, I was supported and guided to make sure I exceled in all my responsibilities.

I have seen the school develop the quality of teaching and learning over this time and feel strongly that the school offers excellent CPD for all staff. Working at Phoenix provides plenty of opportunities to develop your career and to be part of a real community of staff.

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Clarkes Lane,
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