University of Cambridge: BA in English Literature 2:1
Fully qualified Teach First teacher
St Mary’s Ascot
Biography & Interests
I spent the first eight years of my life in Sydney, Australia, before moving to Berkshire and attending St. Mary's Ascot. I love travelling, and spent a year between Cambridge and Teach First exploring South East Asia with friends and Japan on my own. I go to the theatre regularly and enjoy finding new and exciting places to eat in London. I love reading, podcasts, long walks and cooking.
Experience & Approach
I believe in the power of positive relationships, and I have seen first hand - both as a tutor for the past five years, and as a classroom teacher for the past four - how a young person's sense of confidence, and consequently their educational performance, can improve with the support of someone they know is on their side. I have always loved working with young people: before I was a teacher, I worked on the Eton College University Summer School for potential Oxbridge candidates, and also the Japanese Summer School. In each of these different experiences, I have met so many different, and equally wonderful, children, and have learnt a range of approaches, both academic and pastoral, to help support and engage them.
My English degree taught me how to read and think critically and in detail, and to show that engagement and thoroughness in my writing. This has given me an interest in the process of reading and writing and I now work to make my students feel as excited about books as I do. I believe that my skill and experience in building relationships with young people, combined with my interest in my subject, make me able to work with pupils of all abilities and stages.
‘We are really enjoying our work with Bridie. She is a professional teacher with profound knowledge of English literature. Her pace of work is very active, this keeps my son involved and concentrated the whole hour of tutoring. Bridie could find a personal approach to my son making him think thoroughly and keeping him interested in the process. Thanks to Bridie, my son started liking poetry, considering it as a puzzle to solve. With no doubt I would recommend Bridie to any of my friends as a strong professional with a modern approach to teaching English literature.’ Mother of 12-year-old, August 2019
‘I worked with Bridie for 3 years at Oasis Academy Shirley Park in the capacity of mentor and line manager. During this time, Bridie proved to be an outstanding staff member who left the school with a fantastic reputation. She is a consummate professional and always works hard to complete the ambitious goals that she sets for herself and for the students in her care. Her attendance record was exemplary throughout her time here, as was her punctuality. She is able to build rapport and relationships with students from diverse backgrounds and with a range of needs – sharing her love of her subject with enthusiasm and empathy. Bridie has a particular flair for stretching the most able students and developed an expertise in curriculum design. She is committed to improving her subject knowledge and has led numerous training sessions on pedagogical approaches to English teaching within the department.’ Joe Robinson, Deputy Principal, Oasis Academy Shirley Park