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I joined FGCS as a Maths and Computer Science teacher in July 2016 and was offered the teaching post following a successful PGCE placement at the school. I was recently promoted with a whole-school responsibility as Deputy More Able Student Leader, alongside my teaching role. I've found this has been challenging but satisfying and exemplifies FGCS perfectly as they challenge, develop and support staff to achieve their potential, which I've seen first hand since my PGCE placement here.
As a former FGCS student myself, it’s been a great feeling to come back here, albeit on the other side of the classroom, and give something back to my local community. The staff are friendly and helpful and there is a real team spirit and determination to do well. The students are generally well behaved and appreciate the school’s culture of high expectations.
I chose to work here because FGCS is part of my own personal history, but also because of the numerous professional development opportunities at Forest Gate. The training here is keeping me up to date with the latest teaching strategies.
I joined FGCS in April 2014 when I was on placement here for my PGCE. I've been here ever since! It was clear to me from day one that I shared the school's commitment to making a positive difference in the education and lives of young people in our community. The school is great at spotting and nurturing the talents of staff too. I was promoted to Head of KS3 English in 2016. I'm enjoying working here as I get to work with a dedicated team of visionaries with a shared set of values that permeates the whole school. At our school, staff and students alike continue their journey through inspiration and empowerment.
I started at FGCS in September 2015. Before I entered into teaching I worked for a number of years as an executive headhunter within London’s financial services, but realised I wanted to have a job which I found both rewarding and enjoyable. As such I embarked upon the Teach First programme and I was placed at FGCS. I'm delighted to have been placed here as working at FGCS allows me to be exposed to exciting and innovative pedagogy. The students are also a pleasure to teach and are dedicated, hardworking young people. The pastoral support pupils receive here is also impressive - with the well being and welfare of our pupils being at the forefront of what we do as a school. I've seen this more closely since being promoted to Head of Learning for Year 7.
I joined the school in 2014 as a trainee teacher. During my PGCE placement at FGCS, I was really impressed with the quality of teaching, the support from leadership and pupils’ positive attitude towards learning. I thought the school was outstanding and wanted to be a part of it. Here I am, three years later, having been promoted in 2016 to Head of Modern Foreign Languages. I absolutely love my job here because I feel that we really make a difference in our pupils’ lives both with a focus both on their academic and personal development. In turn that allows me to lead a department where my team are passionate about teaching pupils French and Spanish for their GCSEs, as well as for cultural capital and appreciation.
I started working at Forest Gate Community School as the Headteacher’s PA in April 2015. I chose to work here because I knew that I could do a good job of supporting the Headteacher and I instantly warmed to the school. I wanted to be part of the bigger picture and to help develop the school. Throughout my career journey we have gone from ‘Requires Improvement’ to achieving ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and our students’ results are improving year on year, that is because of the contribution each one of us has made and I’m proud of that.
Since converting to a Multi Academy Trust I have been been promoted to the role of HR Manager alongside supporting the CEO. I enjoy working here because I like being part of a team that is dedicated and committed to helping our students achieve their best. I enjoy the daily challenges and I look forward to our future successes.
I chose to work here as I did not know a community school spirit could be so strong and make you want to give your best for the students. I started at FGCS in 2004 as a Foreign Languages Teaching Assistant and quickly realised how much untapped potential the students had to offer. In 2007, the school asked me to do my teaching degree with them and the journey just got better as I felt trusted and good enough to make a difference by helping the students realise that potential! After graduating and taking on various responsibilities, such as Head of Department and Advanced Skills Teacher, I was promoted to my current role of Assistant Headteacher. I am able to make an even bigger difference to the lives of such incredible students who are now so proud of the school they once did not value much! They feel valued and now they know they can reach for the best and this is my reward! My passion has continued to grow over the years because of my students. Having lots of responsibility is challenging, but I enjoy teaching these students so much that they make me find the strength to do it to the best of my ability every day! What I enjoy the most and I think lots of teachers at FGCS would agree with is the determination and resilience our students show! They inspire me!
I started working at FGCS in September 2008, having trained here as a trainee teacher in 2007. When the opportunity came up to return to the school I did not think about it twice. As a trainee I had a memorable time here and the support that I received was phenomenal. I joined Forest Gate Community School as an ICT Teacher. During my time here, I have been a Personalised Learning Co-ordinator, House Achievement Co-ordinator, Head of Learning and an Assistant Headteacher. I have had the privilege to perform many different roles here and over the years I have been fortunate to work with some outstanding teachers and leaders, each assisting me to develop my teaching and leadership skills. I absolutely love working at FGCS. Without a doubt the highlight is being able to work with such a diverse group of young people - they are absolutely fantastic to teach and work with. Our students here are well behaved, respectful and very articulate. Nothing gives me a bigger sense of satisfaction than seeing them develop into well rounded young adults and thinking that I have made a contribution in that process.
I started at FGCS in 2012 and I am the Associate Headteacher. I report directly to the Chief Executive and I oversee Forest Gate Community School.
I started teaching as a break between travelling in 2003. I worked in a North London secondary school on a temporary contract as an English teacher and very soon after starting I knew I had found my future career. I trained on the Graduate Training programme and was very soon Head of English. I decided that I wanted a change of role after a couple of years so I became Head of Learning at another school and was then promoted to Assistant Headteacher.
After having my two boys, I worked part time for a short while at the same school mainly teaching A-Level. I came to FGCS as the Assistant Headteacher responsible for English and then became Deputy Headteacher in charge of the day to day running of the school, safeguarding and pastoral matters. In September 2017 I was appointed to the role of Associate Headteacher. I chose to work here because I was impressed with the Leadership team and their vision for the school. I could see the school at the time had a lot of potential for improvement and I was keen to be involved in that. When I visited the school for the first time, the atmosphere appeared calm and personal. It didn’t seem like a sprawling building where nobody knew each other . The staff were friendly and welcoming. When I met the students, I was sold. They were polite, hardworking and eager to learn. They asked me questions about myself and even a simple ‘How are you today, Miss?' really made me see that these students cared about their teachers and wanted their teachers to care about them. I wanted to work with these students and this community from my first visit.
I still enjoy working with the students here at FGCS. After five years they remain the biggest selling point for me about the school. I enjoy the innovation of the staff in the school. We are always striving ‘to do things better’. I enjoy working with a dynamic group of staff who demonstrate leadership at all levels and who are 100% committed to the future of our school and students and developing their own careers. I enjoy the fact that after a lot of hard work, our results are pleasing and that we are recognised in the local community for our impact. I also like the fact, that no one is complacent, most of all the students. They all want to exceed the previous year group’s achievements. It keeps us teachers on our toes.
Other things contribute too: I like the fact we have systems and checklists for most things. It appeals to my sense of order and organisation. The canteen food is very nice and you can get a decent coffee nearby. These things are important!