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Specialist Department Teacher and SENDCo - Sarah Champion

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School-My Journey

I loved my time at school. I went to a small village primary school and had a group of close friends throughout my school life. I was an avid reader from an early age and at secondary school also particularly enjoyed Maths, Sciences and Languages, as well as taking part in Music activities, although my reports always stated that I was ‘too quiet’!. I remember having some excellent teachers and I always enjoyed learning new things. I remember wanting to be a French teacher until quite late in my time in education. I got good ‘O’ level and ‘A’ level exam grades, but teaching was then not my first choice of career. After some years in nursing, I returned to what I knew I wanted to do and trained as a primary school teacher. Since then, I have developed a passion for teaching children with Autism and I absolutely love every day teaching the children in Sparrows!



What Shepherdswell means to me…

I can honestly say that Shepherdswell is the friendliest and most welcoming school I have worked in throughout my career. I feel that it is a ‘family’ made up of the children, their own families and all of the hardworking and dedicated staff. The ethos of the school fosters curious and independent lifelong learners and you only have to walk through the school to know how much the children enjoy being here and developing their learning muscles and values! What makes Shepherdswell extra-special for me is the celebration of diversity and the drive that all staff have to make sure that every child has the best education during their time with us, whatever that takes. Working in Sparrows, I love seeing the way that everyone in the school embraces and includes our children from the Department, whether it is in whole school activities, or even just with games on the playground, and I’m sure that, for me, this goes some way to making Shepherdswell the amazing school that it is!

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