I obtained Qualified Teacher Status at the school. I could not have done this without the support of key members of the Senior Leadership Team. In addition to the career possibilities within departments, the School's pastoral, mentoring and behaviour management systems give additional options for career development.
Staff are very helpful and there is a very welcoming atmosphere in school. I feel that, as much as possible, the school tries to accommodate the needs of staff in a very humane and fair manner. The school makes every effort to reduce unnecessary stress on staff. I feel that there is at JFS a fair chance for career progression. Above all I feel the school recognises and values the efforts made by its staff.
Although JFS is the only school I have taught in I have had the most extraordinary variety of responsibilities. In my early days I was teacher in charge of drama, a Head of Year, Head of House and most recently Head of Sixth Form. In my role overseeing the University Admissions process for the school its both exciting to see our students fulfil long held ambitions or achieve well above expectation and secure fantastic university places ; it is also instructive to see that universities of great repute highly value our students as they generally make excellent undergraduates after the grounding of JFS. I have stayed at JFS because the School has been so consistently professional. It would have been easy to have moved on at several stages during my career but there have been so many exciting new challenges on the academic, pastoral and extra curricular fronts.
I feel that the powers that be have a career plan for me within this institution. It doesn't make me feel like I should be looking around at other schools. When I look around and see people who have spent their entire career here, it puts the seal of approval on my judgment that JFS is a good place to work. I became Deputy Subject Leader at the end of my second year. This is not because of staffing shortages but, from my perspective, a nurturing of my enthusiasm for the profession.
All the staff I work with are friendly. There us such a collegial atmosphere. This extends to the students. After only three years I already have classes that I think are wonderful and of course the facilities for teaching and learning are excellent. Looking ahead I can see that there are many opportunities for career progression.
At first I was a bit awed by the size of the School but it is so friendly that within a year I had made friends across the departments. It is such a great working environment.
It is wonderful to have the opportunity to work with staff from every department and get good support from my own enthusiastic team. The School has been very supportive in enabling me to maintain and update my professional awareness for example with opportunities to attend network meetings of librarians, conferences and training opportunities.
In terms of professional development I have been part of one team which has been very supportive and had the opportunity in Psychology to develop a new subject at the School and lead a small team of my own.