Meet our Senior Deputy Head: Mrs Sara Levesley
/ Categories: 16 October 2020General
If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?
This is a very difficult question because I can't really imagine ever doing anything else... However! If I had to choose a different profession I think I would have loved to go into would have been publishing and editing. From my early days I have always loved being involved with production of creative products like school magazines, musicals and concerts. In my first school I ran the magazine committee, and we had an absolute ball creating the images and the copy to celebrate each school year. I still enjoy this but I get to do it a lot less in my current role! What I love about being an English teacher is also the opportunity I have to help students find their creative and analytical voices and learn how to craft a really good piece of writing. But to be honest, I was born a teacher!
What were your favourite lessons at school?
I really loved Music, European History and English Literature! It helped that I had great teachers but I think that I also loved the subject content. What I studied in European History is probably part of the reason I left Australia and came to the UK!
How do you relax?
I love to read, and my family know that once I start a good book, there's no point talking to me! I'm also a bit of a fair-weather gardener. I love the colours and vibrancy of spring and summer flowers. This year I successfully planted a wildflower meadow against our back fence which 'popped' with fantastic colours for over 4 months and is still blooming with late cosmos and giant sunflower even now, in the rain. It was a gardening milestone, and I will definitely be doing it again next year! I also love gardening with my youngest son, who is very keen on his veggie patch - although he won't always let me eat the produce...
What advice would you give to parent when selecting a school?
I think it's really important for parents to choose a school which feels like it really cares about their child, one where they feel that their child will be noticed, encouraged and able to flourish. The best way to find that out is to visit as often as possible and watch the teachers in action with the students and to talk to the students. I also think that parents should be looking for a school that places value on community and makes sure that all students feel included and can contribute to the school's impact on the wider world.
What do you like about working in education?
What I love the most is building relationships with students and being part of their journey to adulthood. My role lets me work with the whole school community and what I love is the scope that provides me with which in turn enables us to plan incredible and sometime life-changing opportunities for students. School is the training ground for life so it's up to us to give students as many experiences as we can which will enable them to grow and discover who they are and what they care about.