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15th Jun 2017

Wandsworth Prep is delighted to announce the appointment of two team members starting this September.  Learn more about them by reading our mini interviews, below.

From left to right: Amy Sutton and Sophie Eve

Sophie Eve 

What attracted you to the role at Wandsworth Prep?

I was attracted to the role at Wandsworth Prep school because of the inspiring opportunities it provides for the children. I'm delighted to have the opportunity to work in a school where children can benefit from regular outdoor learning. The lessons are taught through a purpose-led curriculum, creating exciting and meaningful learning opportunities for the children, which reflects the way I love to teach and I am excited about continuing this with my next class.

What skills and experience can you bring to Wandsworth Prep?

I have really enjoyed teaching in Year 1 for two years and have gained knowledge and skills in creating stimulating and purposeful learning opportunities in my class. At my previous school I took on additional responsibilities such as running the school cookery club and also the school council, a group put in place to give the pupils a voice on what they think could help improve the school.  I have also trained in Emotional First Aid which has given me valuable skills in being able to support the emotional well-being of pupils in my class.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

Throughout various jobs that I have undertaken, I have loved working with children and this was cemented through my psychology degree that I completed at the University of Leicester.  I always knew that I would never be able to work at a desk all day and I love the adventure and variation that comes with teaching children!

What’s the best thing about being a teacher?

The best thing about being a teacher is when you see the progress the children make throughout the year, not just academically but personally as well. Creating learning experiences which inspire the children is particularly rewarding, as well as helping children grow in resilience and maturity.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

One of my passions is skiing. At university I was President of the University of Leicester's Ski and Snowboard Club and I used to race for our ski racing team in competitions. After university I worked for six months for VIP Ski in Va D'isere where I had the opportunity to develop my skiing skills as well as my cooking skills. In my spare time I also enjoy mountain biking, reading a good book and I have recently taken up the challenge of cross stitching!

Amy Sutton

What attracted you to the role at Wandsworth Prep?

I applied for the role at Wandsworth Prep as the opportunity to work in such a creative and forward thinking environment really appealed to me. This was reinforced on my visit to the school, the staff were extremely welcoming and the children were polite and eager to learn. I am very much looking forward to designing projects that encourage the children to be inquisitive, adventurous and independent.

What skills and experience can you bring to Wandsworth Prep?

I have been teaching for three years and currently lead languages at Rowan Preparatory School. Throughout this time I have taught a wide variety of subjects across Key Stage 2, organised residential trips in the UK and abroad, set up a rugby club which has become a firm favourite with the children, and strived to deliver a creative and inspiring curriculum. I have also completed a CELTA course which has provided me with a solid foundation for supporting EAL (English as an additional language) children in school.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I have always been someone who delights in learning and this sparked an interest in teaching and coaching sport. I was keen to pursue a varied, dynamic and rewarding career, and teaching seemed like the perfect fit!

What’s the best thing about being a teacher?

An element of teaching that really inspires me is seeing children grow and progress, not only academically but also as individuals. I thoroughly enjoy creating and developing an interesting and varied curriculum that encourages children to work together, and enables them to feel a real sense of pride in their efforts and achievements. I believe that the pastoral side of teaching is also vital in ensuring that children are happy and motivated.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I am a keen sportswoman and represented Scotland in the Touch Rugby World Cup in 2015. I love sharing my passion with the children through coaching sport. I also play hockey, love skiing and enjoy travelling and exploring new places.

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