After a degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, I completed a PhD and spent a number of years engaged in research at the University. As an electron microscopist, I was privileged to be involved in a diverse range of projects, but I realised I needed a change when I had just managed to land a £1 million grant for another three years, yet found the prospect no longer excited me.
Over the years I had taught in different contexts, supervising undergraduates, training PhD students, lecturing and running practical classes. It was something I had always enjoyed, especially when the context allowed for discussion and dialogue. So I decided to explore what it would be like to teach in a school. I soon saw how stimulating and rewarding working with young people could be. After seeing a job advertised at The Perse back in 2000, I quickly found myself with a new career.
The Perse is a great place to learn on the job; professional standards are very high and colleagues are very supportive. Time and again I see teachers here who are ready to go the extra mile not only for pupils, but for new colleagues.