I have always wanted to be a PE Teacher. I trained at Chichester University and did two placements on the Isle of Wight twenty years ago! I instantly knew what a special place it is and have been here ever since (besides a six year gap where I taught in Kenya, Qatar and China). I am now entering my seventh year at Medina College and in my time here I have been inspired by our students’ determination and resilience – that’s what makes our community so special.
I work alongside colleagues who share my passion for teaching and I have been afforded several wonderful training opportunities and been supported by a highly effective CPD programme. I genuinely feel so lucky to be a part of the Isle of Wight Education Federation and look forward to many more happy years here.
I moved back to the Island from Hertfordshire in 2008, having been brought up here, and started working as the Administration Assistant at what was then Medina High School in February 2009. With the schools reorganisation in September 2011, I became the HR Officer for Medina College, and took on the role for the whole Federation in September 2017.
Working in HR for the Federation is really rewarding, and every day brings a new challenge as no two days are the same!
I can say that without doubt, being able to support the staff in all ways, but most especially help them to ensure that the students achieve their goals, makes this the most rewarding role I have had in my career.
I have worked at Carisbrooke for 8 years and started as a Learning Support Assistant, supporting students with special educational needs in the classroom. In 2015, I was given the opportunity to work in the Einstein Centre, a specialist provision for students with Autism. I now run the centre as Operational Co-ordinator alongside my colleague, Sharon Lawton, who is our Curriculum Coordinator. I feel really proud that the centre is now an integral part of the school and we are completely made to feel part of the ‘Carisbrooke Family’.
The support we receive from teachers and leadership has always been amazing. I have no hesitation in asking for help as I know there is someone who will go the extra mile to give me an answer or give a solution to a problem.
I very much enjoy my role at Carisbrooke, every day is different, there is an amazing energy around the campus and it is a great environment to work in.
I joined the IWEF in September 2019 and have never looked back. This has been the favourite part of my career so far. I have been lucky enough over the last 10 years to teach in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and now on the beautiful Isle of Wight.
Working across all three sites is one of my favourite parts of being a Federation Leader. I enjoy working within a really welcoming team, who all have strong shared values about education yet such a diverse range of skills. Together we make a great team where everyone is supportive of each other with the main focus always being on our students.
Since joining the IWEF, I have been empowered to develop my faculty, from the curriculum, development of teaching and learning, right through to the massive investment of new equipment so that our students have state of the art learning environments.
I have been actively encouraged to look at my long term career plan and I am just about to embark upon my Masters in Educational Leadership.
Since moving to the Isle of Wight in September 2015 I have fully embraced the Island life. I am slowly learning to sail and last year was able to take part in ‘Round the Island Race’ which was a fantastic experience.
I started my teaching career at Medina in 2004 as an LSA and rugby coach after a long career in the hospitality sector. I completed my teaching qualifications through the SCITT programme and became an English teacher in 2006 and have since worked with some wonderfully talented and passionate colleagues.
In 2014, I was given the opportunity to begin teaching A level film and media studies at The Island VI Form. I have always had a passion for film so jumped at the chance to embed this growing topic into the A level curriculum. From small beginnings of 10-15 students, we now have over 100 year 12 and 13 students studying film and media.
The support received from the Federation SLT has been outstanding and has enabled us to become the first non-American school to undertake the Youth Education Programs at both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida. In the past five years, we have taken over 100 students on these trips and seen them partake in the opportunities presented by working with professionals in the film and media world (with a few roller coaster rides thrown in as well!).
It is a real pleasure to work for the IWEF and with students who are passionate and have a wonderful work ethic.
I started working at Carisbrooke College in 2008, straight after completing my degree in Sports Coaching Science with American Studies and Post Graduate Certificate in Education as a Physical Education teacher.
I joined as a PE teacher and after three years I became the Head of PE. Working for Carisbrooke College has allowed me to further my career by becoming involved in numerous projects with students which allowed me to take them on trips to South Africa, Spain and the USA on multiple occasions. After five years of being Head of PE, I became Head of the Physical and Creative Faculty which included Art, Music, Health and Social Care and PE. Since 2017 I have been mainly working with behaviour and safeguarding across the school and now I hold the positon of Federated Lead for Behaviour and Safety across the Isle of Wight Education Federation.
In this new position, I enjoy working across a school with the aim of improving standards demonstrated by students and therefore increasing outcomes for them. Working at Carisbrooke with our amazing staff makes for a fun and purposeful work environment and, when added to my family life, I can honestly say living on the Isle of Wight is exactly where I want to be.
I was appointed as Librarian in September 2018. I gained my Master of Library and Information Studies degree in New Zealand. With this qualification, I was lucky enough to travel the world working as an Information Manager in such places as Wellington, London, Hong Kong and Sydney. A few years after returning to the UK, I became a School Librarian and now am in my eighth year in that role.
My primary role is to be the Reading Champion. Research has shown that reading often and widely exercises our brains, teaches us about the world around us, improves our vocabulary, develops our language skills, and improves our mental health, among other things. Most importantly, it is entertaining and fun.
I was attracted to join the Federation as it has an aspirational ethos and an ambition for our young people to achieve and thrive. Since joining, I have been privileged to accompany some of our students on an overseas educational trip, theatre performances and University taster days. I have seen our students experience new things, develop new skills and grow as individuals.
My interests outside of work are varied. I love to travel, seeing new places and meeting people. I love rugby and in my younger days, I played 15s in the front row. I have an interest in history and have participated in a number of archaeological digs, mostly here in the UK.
Want to know more?
If you would like a friendly discussion about the Isle of Wight, what it has to offer and potential opportunities for yourself, then feel free to get in contact.
Matthew Parr-Burman, Executive Headteacher
Tel: 01983 522886