“I went to Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, and now I am a retired Primary School Headteacher.”
Lynda, Primary School Headteacher
1969 – 1976
Retired Primary School Headteacher
Description of Job:
I was Head of a rural Primary School in Essex.
O Levels/GCSEs & A Levels
English Lit 2 English lang 2 Maths CSE Grade 1 Geography 2 Classical Studies French 5 Biology 2 Physics 4 RE
Homerton College, Cambridge Batchelor of Education Hons main subject: Geography
What inspired you at school?
We were taught good study skills, personal discipline and pride.
Any useful tips/advice?
Work hard, believe in yourself and enjoy what you do.
What have you done since leaving AGGS to get to where you are today? (eg work experience, GAP year, apprenticeship, volunteering, travelling)
BEd at Homerton College Cambridge 3 Years teaching in a Prep School 15 years teaching in Inner city Portsmouth championing Special Needs teaching, Art and Outdoor Education 10 Years teaching in rural schools, finally as Head.
What specific qualifications are needed for your job?
Degree and teaching qualification and then National Professional Qualification for Headship.
Are there any particular subjects that have to be studied to be able to do your job?
Education and Maths and English at GCSE level.
What is a typical work day like for you?
Long, challenging, funny, important and very enjoyable.
What is the best bit about your job and do you have a particular career highlight?
What are the worst things about your job?
Policy from Government etc interfering with the job and taking up a huge amount of time.
What skills help you most in your job (i.e. teamwork, communication, leadership, time management)?
Teamwork, leadership, flexibility, communication, enthusiasm, administration skills, subject knowledge, empathy, cheerfulness and a sense of humour!
What advice would you give to students looking to get into your line of work? (e.g. subjects to study, getting work experience)
Do some volunteering in a class room to see if you like it.
How did your experience at AGGS help you to achieve your successes?
I had some fantastic teachers to emulate and was given the chance to get good grades and gain a place at a good college. We were also taught good study skills, personal discipline and pride.