Welcome to Shuttleworth College website. I have been asked to say a few things about myself, so here goes!
My passion for languages is what got me in to teaching originally. I was born and brought up on the other side of the Pennines, in Sheffield. I really enjoyed school and loved learning Spanish and French at high school. I was lucky enough to live in South America for a year whilst studying Spanish, French and Portuguese at Liverpool University. After that I was bitten by the travel bug and worked for two years in Spain after University. It was there that I taught English to Spanish young people and adults. It was something I enjoyed immensely.
From Spain, I applied to King’s College London to do my PGCE in Spanish and French. I then spent 11 years living and working around London, mainly in Croydon and Hackney. I was head of years, head of languages and an assistant head.
In 2009, I moved up to Bolton to start a new life back in the north with my now husband. I worked as an assistant then deputy head at a school in Warrington before securing my first headship here at Shuttleworth in 2014.
My time here feels like it has passed in the blink of an eye. Although at times it has been very challenging running the school Shuttleworth certainly feels like home and somewhere I am very happy and proud to be. I look forward to building on our achievements here in the coming years.
‘Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.’ – Aristotle
I believe that I have one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, at one of the very best schools that I have ever worked in. At Shuttleworth we are a true community of learners – students and staff alike – and I get incredible pleasure from helping people to achieve their potential every day. As Deputy Head of Curriculum & Standards I am proud of being able to oversee improvements to teaching, learning and assessment that help our young people thrive.
I truly believe that a good education is one of the greatest gifts a person can receive, which is why I dedicate my working life to ensuring that the provision delivered here at Shuttleworth is of the highest possible quality. I am proud to oversee the pastoral support of our incredible students, ensuring their individual needs are met and that they can thrive in our community. I cannot think of a more rewarding occupation.
I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BSc Hons degree in Anatomy and Human Biology and then went straight into teacher training at Edge Hill University. As a trainee teacher and a newly qualified teacher I worked in different schools in Burnley and Pendle before joining Shuttleworth in 2006 as a science teacher. My current role is Assistant Headteacher for Outcomes and therefore much of my work focuses on ensuring students are achieving their very best in all of the subjects that they study. This is a very rewarding role as I have seen year on year how our improving high standards, together with the phenomenal efforts of our children, have led to some fantastic GCSE results for our students; each year gets better and better!
I graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc Hons degree in Mathematics with Statistics. I have always had a love for Mathematics and I hope that my passion for my subject inspires students who will also learn to love mathematics no matter how challenging they find it. I have worked in a variety of schools across Salford, Wigan, Manchester and now am lucky enough to work here at Shuttleworth College. The Shuttleworth community is extremely special and in my role working with Teaching, Learning and Assessment enables me to work with all the staff and students on a daily basis who never fail to make smile me and allow me to love my work.
As a member of the Senior Leadership Team here at Shuttleworth College, I am incredibly proud to be making a difference to the lives of so many wonderful young people. In my role as Associate Assistant Head, as well as Curriculum Leader for Performance Arts; I oversee and implement the Pupil Premium plan in order to give every child the best start in life, no matter what their background. I am also in charge of the pastoral care of students in Years 7, 8 & 9. Having graduated from Liverpool John Moores University and embarked on a career as a Physical Education teacher, I have a passion for sport and all things fitness. Through this, I hope to instil the values of resilience and perseverance in my students so that they can go on to achieve in all that they do.
‘I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.’
Being an avid reader has meant that a career driven by literature was inevitable. From staying up until 3am reading secretly with a torch as a child to gaining a first class honours degree, books have been an invaluable tool and source of joy for many years. Sharing a love of reading with Shuttleworth students as the Head of English and member of SLT makes me immensely proud.
I graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc Hons degree in Microbiology. When I completed my degree I enrolled at Edge Hill University where I completed my PGCE in Secondary Science. I joined Shuttleworth College in 2009 as a Science teacher. My love of science inspired me to teach children about how the world around them works. One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching at Shuttleworth is knowing the difference you make in every child’s life. Being part of the Shuttleworth community makes me incredibly proud.
In my teaching career I have been lucky enough to work alongside inspirational teachers and students – I love working with committed, dedicated professionals who focus not only on achievement at Shuttleworth College but who are dedicated to supporting students to chase their future dreams. In my role as Curriculum Leader for Humanities and Assistant Head teacher, my passion is to help enable students to develop their own skills and knowledge.
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“I truly believe Shuttleworth is a fantastic place to learn and to work. If you would like to find out more about us or have a tour of the college please do not hesitate to contact us.”Ruth England, Headteacher