Head of Faculty for Art
I absolutely love Art and I love my job. I have been at Leventhorpe for 15 years.
I grew up in Bishops Stortford where I studied Art, Biology and Drama at A level. After leaving secondary school I did an Art foundation course in Cambridge and then went on to study Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art. From a child I actually wanted to be a vet, I love animals and at one point in my childhood I had 4 cats, 2 rabbits, 2 rats, a ferret, a dog and a horse. However, I discovered that my strength was art at school so decided to follow that path.
During my time as a student, I visited the cultural districts of New York, travelled across northern India, and had some exciting jobs including artists assistant to the Iranian artist Reza Derakshani, (we were commissioned to paint wall, ceiling and floor murals in Sting and Trudie Stylers London home) for a short time I was receptionist at the magazine the Spectator for Boris Johnson, I never imagined that he would one day become the Prime Minister!
When I graduated from university, I chose to do a PGCE at Greenwich University as I thought it would be a good idea to have a profession. As soon as I started the course, I realised how challenging, exciting and rewarding working in education is.
I was lucky enough to get a placement at Leventhorpe when Ms Jeffries was head of department here, I learnt so much from her and the rest of the team. We are lucky enough to say that we have all been working together for 15 years in the department with talented technicians too. The art department is a lively, creative and dynamic place that has been referred to as “Art Land”.
I continue my passion for animals through the organisation of the Leventhorpe Equestrian Team with help from very supportive students and their parents.
Leventhorpe is a wonderful place to work and has been particularly lovely to have both my daughters here too. We want the Art department to be a hub of creativity and independent thought, we welcome all to continue their creative journeys with us and hope that it is a space that students feel they can express themselves and communicate through a variety of medias.