The story of Gumley staff
TaniaHead of Italian
5 years ago, Tania started her teaching career at Gumley as a language assistant. Thanks to the school’s unrivalled support she is now the Head of Italian, teaches 3 languages and has high aspirations to one day take over as Head of Department. Alongside these responsibilities, she has become a PGCE mentor. This has given Tania the chance to broaden her knowledge on leadership and good practise and develop her own skillset whilst supporting new team members. These opportunities enable the staff body at Gumley to share positive progress and practice and continuously learn from each other. She compliments the tireless dedication, hard work and determination of all staff in making the school a strong community. With extensive opportunities to participate in trips abroad and language exchanges, no working day is the same.
“Gumley is a school with an incredible ethos and dedication to each and every one of its staff members. You feel valued at every step of your career and encouraged to take small steps or giant leaps depending on what your aspirations are. I am proud to be part of a fantastic team of students and staff ensuring excellence for all.”
LauraHead of English
During Laura’s PGCE year she attended Gumley for her second placement and since then has never looked back. After realising Laura’s ambitions were set high for her teaching career, the school mapped out a personal career pathway for her. Her passion for teaching throughout her NQT year was evident through her outstanding teaching and learning and fast improving skill set. After her NQT year she became Head of KS3, Head of Year 8 and then finally moved to Head of Year 9. In her short teaching career so far she is now Head of English and aspires to one day become a Headteacher. Gumley hopes to help Laura achieve her dream and have continuously supported her CPD choices to ensure she is always challenged and remains on the pathway she wants.
Laura loves working amongst her peers who are extremely knowledgeable and dedicate their time and energy to each other and to helping each girl to achieve her very best. Every teacher from NQTs to Senior Leaders continuously share best practice making Gumley a unique place to work where learning never stops regardless of your role within the school. The supportive ethos ensures that everyone does their upmost to make sure any problems are resolved, no matter how big or small. Teachers often take the time to support one another with projects and initiatives leaving room to experiment and explore with different teaching practices.
Juliette ClaroAssistant Headteacher
If Juliette could move Gumley House to Gloucester she would.
Having been at the school for six years, commuting from Gloucester, she praises the school’s strong staff community and students who are eager to learn and grateful for the opportunities and support they receive.
As well as Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Juliette is Assistant Headteacher responsible for staff development which she feels is a great strength at Gumley House. The opportunities are wide ranging, from a personalised NQT programme to the Emerging Middle Leaders Development Programme for experienced staff. Opportunities to trial new initiatives and teaching techniques are encouraged with peer support. This is evident through Juliette’s inspirational experiences of growing her own project called Learner Voice, as part of her MPQSL course, and developing the Google for Learning Platform Programme in partnership with UCL and St Mary’s University.
As well as coaching her peers at Gumley, Juliette shares best practice with other schools through bespoke workshops and talks at the School & Academies Show. It doesn’t stop there, as Juliette also finds time to also conduct research for the BBC and St Mary’s University on staff retention.
“I would not have chosen to work anywhere else. The support you get from all staff is so special; you just don’t have this in many other schools.”
Christine PigottHead of Year 7
From Gumley girl to Gumley staff, Christine has been on an exciting journey at the school that keeps going from strength to strength.
Since returning to her old school 5 years ago, she has progressed from KS3 drama teacher and Head of House to Head of Year 7. Christine is so appreciative of the mentoring and support from her line manager who continuously encourages and inspires her to develop; so much so that she has ambitions to be Deputy Headteacher one day.
She believes her role as Head of Year 7 is vital in supporting the transition of students into secondary school and ensuring they are making progress throughout their first year. To assist this, Gumley has provided Christine with both internal and external training opportunities, including mental health and safeguarding courses. As well as CPD opportunities, Christine believes the strengths of working at Gumley House are the focus on staff wellbeing, the recognition of each other’s skills and how staff feedback and ideas are taken on board.
Christine throws herself into everything at Gumley. She loves to utilise her Masters in Directing by leading the Shakespeare Festival at Richmond Theatre, running Black History week and the Poetry Festival, as well as facilitating school productions.
“The girls are our greatest asset. I love working with young people and seeing them grow, develop and thrive and it is even better contributing to this. Looking after a year group is about more than ensuring academic progress, it is about supporting their wellbeing and making sure everything they need is in place to help them achieve.”
MarkPhilosophy, Ethics and RE class teacher
Mark would not have come back to teaching for any other school.
After leaving his teaching profession at Gumley, Mark returned to the school because he values their focus on staff wellbeing and the support staff receive from the top down. Despite not wanting to progress into a senior role, Mark acknowledges the Senior Leadership Team for recognising his talents and encouraging him to apply. Their dedication to ensuring every opportunity is available to him to expand his skills, pursue his interests and grow as an individual is admirable. It’s a truly personalised approach.
“Not only is staff wellbeing a strength at Gumley House, the school’s grounds are incredible, the opportunities for students to enrich their learning outside the classroom is second to none and there is a real culture of celebrating and rewarding hard work and success.”
DanGeography, History and Politics class teacher
Over the 5 years working at Gumley, Dan has had the chance to explore his interest, and broaden his curriculum knowledge, in history and politics through a range of training courses the school put forward to him. Dan loves that there is no fixed pathway for staff at Gumley, with each individual receiving a bespoke approach suited to their needs and goals.
Praising the collegiate atmosphere at Gumley, Dan notes that his greatest joy is knowing student outcomes increase rapidly during their time as a result of the opportunities and support available. This is not just academically but personally as well, through the school’s unrivalled enrichment experiences. His highlight has been the chance to take his students to places such as New York, Washington and Paris.
“The goodwill from staff and the collaborative environment is what makes me come to work every day. Knowing there is a team of supportive, dedicated and experienced colleagues around you is very uplifting.”
Rozlyn, a member of Gumley House Sixth Form’s alumni returned 2 years ago as a teaching assistant. Gumley’s commitment and continuous support inspired her to take the plunge and train to become a fully qualified teacher of English. Currently in her NQT year, Rozlyn praises the bespoke and personal plan for her professional development with realistic yet challenging targets to help her aspire to be the best version of herself. She describes the working environment as one that cultivates both positivity and growth and is perfect for NQTs, allowing each individual to unlock their full potential. Rozlyn looks forward to completing her NQT year and commends her mentor and ongoing support from her colleagues. She has already been offered many CPD opportunities and looks forward to taking on more responsibility as Gumley guides her to create her own pathway to success.
“What makes Gumley unique is the support given to you by senior leaders to learn from each other regardless of your position or subject. I am always blown away by how embedded the culture of sharing success and best practice across all departments is. This helps individuals to constantly improve and achieve their very best. The CPD opportunities are bespoke to each member of staff and the school are always encouraging us to follow our passions and interests.”
RickyMaths Teacher and Transition Coordinator
Ricky started at Gumley 2 years ago after previously training and working as a primary school teacher. He praises the positive atmosphere that he experiences every day that makes Gumley such a fantastic place to work. Gumley’s positive reputation in the community is reflected within the warm and welcoming staff body who work hard to create an outstanding working environment where every staff member not only thrives in their teams but and as individuals. He recognises the efforts staff go to, to make sure that their peers always succeed and extensive support is always provided.
“Gumley is a community where everyone matters. The school is a warm, inclusive and diverse place and it is a pleasure to work here with such supportive colleagues and such a dedicated team of people that put students’ futures first.”