also a Loughborough graduate, began her teaching career at Kingsway
Junior School. As a young teacher she was responsible for girls
games followed by art and design and was involved with running York
schools netball and rounders leagues.
her family were young she worked in many schools, primary and
secondary, as a supply teacher which gave her experience of all
phases while allowing her flexibility to be involved in her own
children's activities ( football, dancing and equestrian)
On return to full time
employment Jean gained further qualifications in special needs
teaching and traveller education and worked part time for the
Special Educational Needs service in York and part time as a class
teacher at Kingsway Junior School.
In 2000 Jean was appointed
Deputy Headteacher of the newly formed Clifton Green School and was
"hands on" with the amalgamation of Shipton Street Infants and
Kingsway Junior into the new school.
During the following ten years Jean worked with an exceptional
senior management team to improve standards, from two failing
schools in 1999 into an Ofsted Outstanding School in 2009.
Recognition was given to her work when Sir Jim Rose (former director
of inspection at Ofsted) visited the school in 2008 to view for
himself the excellent teaching of reading. Another visit from Ofsted
in 2010 also identified Jean as being highly effective for leading
literacy and gave the school an Outstanding subject award,
particularly for the school promoting reading, having an excellent
library and reading room which Jean was responsible for setting up.
2011 as Acting Headteacher Jean led the school in another English
Subject HMI visit and her views were included in best practice
guidance still currently being used. Jean was involved in many
sharing good practice projects across a variety of settings and some
National initiatives with the headteacher Sheila Audsley who was
given a CBE when she retired.
is a skilled consultant able to provide advice
and guidance for improvement in schools with expertise and knowledge
in raising standards, setting up Literacy Initiatives particularly
in the teaching of reading. Her experience in setting up and running
a school library and developing reading policy and practice could be
invaluable for any school struggling with this basic skill. Her
recent classroom experience make her ideas staff friendly and she
understands the work life stress of busy teachers as well as