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Teaching jobs in London with
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Staff Profiles

Gabby Collen - Teacher

I have been teaching at EGA since 2013 when I started my NQT year. When I was looking for my first teaching post I had just completed a block placement at an all-girls school outside London. After this, I knew that I wanted to work at an all-girls school in London and when a vacancy came up at EGA I applied as quickly as I could. I had completed my research on EGA and knew this was the school where I wanted to start my teaching career.

On the day of my interview I was amazed at the facilities that the school had to offer, especially the sports hall and outside space. This helped me to make my mind up that I wanted this job.

During my NQT year I learnt a lot as the other members of my department had a vast amount of experience and were very willing to help whenever I needed it.

I was fully supported at all times and really enjoyed my first year of teaching, as I was able to see the progress I was making. Since being at EGA I have had a number of CPD opportunities which have helped me to develop my own teaching skills, as well as building my confidence.

I am now in my second year of teaching I have been given my own tutor group, which I am really enjoying as it gives me an insight into a different aspect of EGA. I have also had the opportunity to become a mentor as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and I really enjoy being involved with the wider EGA community.

Barry Hurley - Head of Geography

I have been teaching at EGA since 2010. I started at EGA as an NQT on a maternity leave temporary contract. EGA was a fantastic place to do my NQT year with lots of experienced staff always willing to advise and give guidance, and a vibrant, fun student body to work with. I felt really well supported and thoroughly enjoyed my first year making great progress. At the end of my NQT year I was then offered the opportunity of a permanent contract, an opportunity that I jumped at. Since then my career has gone from strength to strength because of the many career progression opportunities at EGA and the support available in order to take advantage of such opportunities.

I am now into my second year as the Head of Geography and I am really enjoying this role. I feel I have been given great license to implement my own slant on the department and to take it in the direction that I feel is best, for preparing our students for the ever increasing competitiveness of post 16 education and for nurturing an interest and love of Geography. Since taking over this post I have completed a Middle Leader Programme run by EGA in order to develop my leadership skills and qualities. This was a great course as it offered me the opportunity to work with teachers from another local school as well as colleagues at EGA. I have always been encouraged to develop professionally and there is a large budget in place to support colleagues.

There is huge scope at EGA to get involved with extracurricular activities. Since arriving at EGA I have set up a Table Tennis club. This club has grown and grown and this year we have acquired 3 more indoor tables and 2 permanent outdoor tables. This has allowed so many students to develop their sporting skills and to make better use of their lunch times. Last year myself and a colleague from the PE department established the much acclaimed Duke of Edinburgh Award at EGA. This has been a fantastic way to bolster the skill sets of our students preparing them for the next stage of their education. The Award has been a huge success meaning we have expanded the Award at the school from 12 participants to 63 and from exclusively Bronze to Bronze and Silver.

EGA has so much to offer to energetic and ambitious teachers. I feel that the next career opportunity is always only a matter of months away.

Holly Wilkins - Assistant Head (English)

I joined EGA as KS3 post holder in English in my third year of teaching and due to internal staff movement became Head of the English department the year after. Although a challenge, I was supported every step of the way by my colleagues and line manager. EGA agreed to me taking part in Teaching Leaders, a two year middle leadership development programme, which meant I had the additional support of an external coach and many high quality training sessions. I also completed an MA in Educational Leadership.

After four rewarding years as Head of English, I started to think about the next steps in my career. Through the appraisal process, my line manager encouraged me to set targets which would enable me to gain the whole school experience required for senior leadership positions. I was invited to shadow senior leadership meetings for a term, an opportunity that is open to all middle leaders in the school. This really developed my understanding of whole school leadership and was very helpful to talk about in interviews.

Recently, I was promoted to Assistant Headteacher, with responsibility for line managing English and Year 7 and key whole school roles in developing teaching and learning and primary transition. I am very excited about this next stage in my career and being able to work across a school that has such passionate and committed staff and enthusiastic students. I feel very strongly that any ambitious teacher and aspiring leader who comes to EGA will be similarly supported and challenged to reach their full potential.