‘School’s in’ for new teachers

THE new school year heralded the start of a new era at Spen Valley Sports College.

As well as welcoming scores of new pupils, the school in Roberttown Lane also had several new faces among the members of staff, including two from the Teach First programme – the first time the school has had any from the government scheme.

The school’s deputy headteacher Diane McConnell said: “The Teach First training programme is a scheme where graduates with top class degrees are recruited to become teachers who mainly train ‘on the job’.

“Although both of them have first class honours degrees the recruitment and selection process was still very competitive. They underwent an intensive three month training programme immediately after graduating in the summer.

“They have settled very quickly into school and they are already delivering good, innovative lessons. We are looking forward to seeing them develop into excellent teachers during the next two years.”

The two Teach First graduates are Mary Matthews who will be teaching maths and Charlotte Kirk who joins the English department.

They are joined by Sam Lister, a newly qualified teacher of maths, Jessica Palmer, a newly qualified teacher of Food Technology and Science, Nicola Siddall, a newly qualified teacher of Science and ICT, and Max Thornton, who is teaching Science as part of the Graduate Teacher Programme.