Meet our new Head of Early Years

Miss Kate Gutteridge

When did you join St. Margaret’s?

I have now been at St Margaret’s for four years. I started in Year 3 where I worked for three years and have spent the last year teaching Year 1. Before joining St Margaret’s I worked at a British international school in Dubai.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I have always loved working with children. During my gap year I worked at PGL and had so much fun encouraging children to be brave, resilient and work together as a team. Then during the University holidays I had a job in a nursery. I have also volunteered at schools in Ghana, Kenya and India. These experiences made me realise that teaching is what I love.

If you hadn’t become a teacher, which career would you have chosen instead?

Either an astronaut (I’m definitely not clever enough) or some sort of explorer, like Bear Grylls.

How do you think your own school days have shaped your adult life? 

I found reading and writing difficult at school. It definitely didn’t come easily to me. But I had the most amazing primary school teachers who encouraged me. They taught me to be brave and have a go at everything.

How has school life changed in the last 10 years?

For me technology has probably changed the most. When I started teaching, I would never have considered using iPads in a lesson, especially not with the youngest children. Now they are an everyday tool.

What are you looking forward to most in your new role?

I am so looking forward to getting to know all the children and parents in the Early Years.

Who would you most like to have as a pupil, if you could pick anyone?

David Attenborough, imagine the facts he could teach us.

How do you relax away from work?

I love to swim, go on holidays and spend time with my friends.

Did you know? Please give us a fascinating fact about you.

I try to visit a new country every year. (28 and counting…)

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