University of Bristol: BA in English 1st Class Degree
Alleyn's School: A-Levels: English A*, Theatre Studies A*, French A
Biography & Interests
I am a professional actor, director and writer; my work has been performed at The Young Vic, as well as the Pleasance and Bloomsbury theatres in London, and Gilded Balloon Teviot in Edinburgh, where it received 4* reviews from The Stage, The List, Broadway Baby and A Younger Theatre. I aim to make theatre that is predominantly comedic and anarchic, but always with a lot of heart at its centre! I am currently an inclusivity ambassador for the National Youth Theatre, helping to create workshops at an SEN school and working as a mentor for individual students.
My studies in Bristol culminated in a focus on British and American female writers of colour, in particular Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’m also a big poetry fan and am always (gently) encouraging others to join me in my adoration for a certain W.B.Yeats.
I’m also a keen - though not entirely talented - surfer and paddle-boarder, and take myself to the seaside whenever possible.
Experience & Approach
I worked at Alleyn's Junior School for an academic year and more recently as an SEN teaching assistant at Harris Academy Bermondsey. At Alleyn's, I gained experience helping young people with 11+ prep and their reading. At HAB, I predominantly worked with low prior attaining Year 11 students both in and out of the classroom in the run-up to their English and History GCSEs. I supported children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, SEMH and a multitude of Speech and Language needs, and received extensive counselling and safeguarding training. I also coordinated a seminar for A-Level English students working on their coursework. In addition, I held a small reading group for EAL students aged between 13-16 everyday. Although some had a reading age as low as five years old, they engaged with the storytelling, the relatability of what we were reading and the laughter within the group.
I believe that being given the time, space and attention to work out who you are and how you learn is really crucial as a young person. Therefore, I celebrate the individuality of the young people I work with, encouraging them to be true to themselves. I try to help students to feel as comfortable as possible in order that they can move away from any inhibiting introversion, and thrive as confident young adults who trust their own ideas and are able to engage in debate. I find the stories in everything, working out how to individualise teaching in order to make every bit of learning applicable to the student's own life - they must feel as though they are relevant to the content they are being examined in. I also think it’s really important to have a laugh when working one-to-one, so I keep my sessions as relaxed and entertaining as possible!