Graduated from university with a degree in Chemistry from Manchester…… and no, I don’t know Brian Cox! Before I became a teacher I worked in the chemical waste industry in Gloucestershire and later in a laboratory in Cambridgeshire. I did my science teacher training with Cambridge University. I started teaching at SHSCC over 10 years ago ……. I know, I don’t look that old. For my professional development I did further training so that I could teach Physics as well as Chemistry at A level. To all my classes......see I can smile.
I worked as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer (MLSO) in the Entomology Department at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine until 1984, whilst I was there I completed a BSc (Hons) In Applied Biology with Biochemistry and Pharmacology as my subsidiary subjects. After relocating to Peterborough from London I worked at emap in the Marketing Department and completed a Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma. Having realised that working in magazines was not totally fulfilling as a career I left to train as a teacher, achieving a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Science from Homerton College Cambridge and QTS status at my first training school. Since then I have taught at several schools and co-managed a pupil referral project with Transco before working at Sir Harry Smith. I also hold a Diploma in Psychology (conversion degree for postgraduates) and I am currently the SENCO holding the National Award for SEN Co-ordination, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and I am a Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) which confers the ability to act as a Qualified Assessor for Exam Access Arrangements.
I graduated from the De Montfort University with a BSc (Hons)(Sand) in Biological Sciences with a specialism in Biotechnology in 2002. I completed my industrial sandwich year in the Microbiology and Immunology department at the University of Leicester, analysing water samples for harmful pathogens, looking into the efficiency of contact lens solutions and drug development for the treatment of acanthameoba keratitis. After graduating I worked as a research assistant at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute for the Cancer Genome Team, we were looking for mutations that cause cancers. In 2007 I completed my PGCE at the University of Leicester and started at SHSCC as a NQT. Since having my children I am now working part-time and can be found in the department on Thursdays and Fridays.
I am a Science Technician and have worked in the department since 2010. I am responsible for Controlled assessments and equipment for Primary school transition work. I have previously worked in the Science department for 14 years but had to leave due to unforeseen circumstances. I really wanted to come back and I am pleased I did, no day is the same and it is a lovely department to work in.
Laura Lancaster (Assistant Curriculum Leader for Science)
Before teaching, I was a senior analyst in one of the country’s leading analytical consultancies. My role involved performing numerous analyses in order to calculate the vitamin and antibiotic levels within medicines and in foods. I was also involved in a process called ‘meat speciation’. This was a process which compares the DNA in foods to that of animals, so the meat content could be identified. After then working within a science department in an Intervention role, I graduated from the Open University in 2010 with a BSc Open degree and completed my teacher training. I have been teaching at SHSCC since 2011.
I am a Science Technician and have worked in the department since 2007. I am responsible for preparing A-level Biology practical’s for the students. I have also completed my Microbiology training with Amgen which I enjoyed doing very much. I enjoy working in the Science department, a good department to work in, lots fun for both myself and the students.
I graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Human Biology and Sports Studies. Before teaching I worked for Children’s Social Services and was responsible for the allocation of caseloads to different external agencies such as the Police and local Schools. I have a passion for sports including football, rugby and badminton. I am now in my 8th year of teaching and have recently been appointed the Director of Key Stage 4, looking after both the year 10 and 11 students at our College. I held the post of year leader before taking on his new role.
Charles Pettit (Key stage 3 and Early Intervention Co-ordinator)
I graduated from Newcastle University with a BSc (Hons) in Biology in 2007 and from there I began a career as a behavioural science researcher in Berlin. From Berlin I moved to Cambridge to work on a project investigating various neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s and Schizophrenia. In 2009 I chose to pursue teacher training at Cambridge University and I have never looked back! I have been a member of the Sir Harry Smith Science department since May 2014.
Jane Roughley (Curriculum Leader for Science)
I graduated from the University of York with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry in 1998. The following year I completed my secondary teaching qualification at the University of Cambridge and I have been teaching ever since. I have had many different roles and responsibilities during my teaching career, including five years’ experience at my previous school as a successful Curriculum Leader for Science. I have been involved at Sir Harry’s for a number of years, both as a parent and as a parent governor, I have been Curriculum Leader for Science at Sir Harry’s since September 2014.
I am the Senior Science Technician and have worked in the department since 2005. I am responsible for the day to day running of the technician team and prep rooms. I prepare all the A-level Physics and Chemistry equipment for the students. I have attended lots of courses over the years from management courses to chemical handling. I also get involved in area technician meetings, which helps me to keep updated with Health & Safety and new ideas. We provide a service to the Science department which enables the students to do experiments and take part outdoor activities as well. I really like working in the Science department, we have a great team and no day is the same. It’s great to see the students learning while having fun with experiments.
I graduated from Bristol University in 1994 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry. I worked as a research chemist for Smithkline Beecham and the University of Bath on projects covering the synthesis of probes for the dopamine and serotonin reuptake proteins, which were intended to give new leads for the treatments of clinical depression, Parkinson’s disease and substance abuse. I did my secondary teaching qualification at the University of Bath in 1996 and have been teaching since then. During my career I have taught in a range of schools in both Bristol and this area. At my previous school I was the lead teacher for Chemistry for six years. I have worked as a Science teacher at Sir Harry since 2012 and I have further ties with the academy as a parent.
I originally studied a HND in Applied Physics at Sheffield City Polytechnic and subsequently worked in research for ICI in the field of polymer melt rheology before moving over to the field of powder metallurgy with Davy McKee exporting to a worldwide market. I returned to higher education to complete my honours degree in Applied Physics with qualified teacher status, graduating in 1998. I then taught for 16 years at Sawtry Community College, where I enjoyed numerous roles as Head of Year, Head of Physics and elected teacher governor before moving over to Sir Harry Smith in the summer of 2014.