Miss Shepherd has been working at St Ambrose Barlow for twelve years and over that time her job role has developed and she has been able to adapt and take on different responsibilities.
“I began as a receptionist and administrator at the old school building and when the new school was built I was given a new role in student services which was a chance for me to really play a part in shaping the position. One of the highlights of my time here is being part of that transition to the new school and seeing how all the new facilities and technology have equipped the pupils for 21st century learning.
I now work as the pastoral support coordinator which allows me to get more involved with pupils and help with any issues. This is a new role too and is a new challenge for me – I’m looking forward to in getting involved in the Year 6 transition process and helping to make sure the new students feel welcome and settled in as quickly as possible and can learn in a happy and secure environment.
The best part of my job is the interaction with the pupils and seeing them grow from small year 7’s into mature responsible young adults, fully prepared for their next steps. The school is a real community and even when they have left former pupils still want to return to us – sometimes to train as teachers with our School Direct programme or as teaching and support staff, and with these too it is lovely when I remember them as students to see how successful they have become!
As a parent myself with one in Year 9 and another who left last year to go on to an apprenticeship, I really can say that St Ambrose Barlow gives the young people who study here the best possible start in life by always encouraging them to take the initiative and to work hard to the best of their ability.
This is my Ambrose… Where young people are able to grow and succeed in a creative environment.