Amy grew up in Crediton and completed her GCSEs at Queen Elizabeth’s Community College, before going on to study A level English Literature, Psychology and History at Exeter College. Keen to experience life outside of Devon, she went to Keele University where she achieved a 2:1 Bachelor of Laws degree in Law and English.
Amy's A plan was to become a barrister, however taking part in many mock trials during her degree made Amy realise that she lacked the confidence to stand up and speak in front of people – it made her a quivering wreck - which also meant that her plan B – to teach – was also out the window. Unsure what to do but knowing that the one constant in her life had always been literature and her love of reading, she moved to Bristol and spent a couple of years working in publishing.
One day however everything changed when she was asked by her dad to help him with his murder mystery company that he ran in his spare time (his substantive job being an architect). Amy leapt at the opportunity; it sounded too good and too intriguing to pass up. Before long she took over the day to day running of the company, turning it into a full-time job as the company’s event calendar grew, taking them all over England and Europe hosting murder mystery evenings and weekends. Running a small business was a fantastic experience; as was taking part in the actual events themselves, which Amy did as an actress and as the event Front of House. It was in this role that Amy’s confidence in public speaking really grew, to the point when standing in front of an audience of 100+ no longer phased her. When the Whodunnit Company could no longer sustain a full-time employee due to an economic downturn, Amy moved into a marketing role for a short time, before feeling confident enough to start her teacher training.
Amy completed her Secondary English PGCE at the University of Exeter in 2002-3. Her first English teaching position was at Clyst Vale Community College where she stayed for five years, securing the role of Second in Department after just two years. In 2008 she moved to St James School, Exeter as Head of English, and within two years was promoted to Assistant Headteacher (Teaching & Learning & Primary Liaison). Promotion to Deputy Headteacher (Teaching & Learning) followed in 2013, before becoming Headteacher in January 2017.
In September 2019 she moved into a Trust wide role for the Ted Wragg MAT working as a Director of Education supporting headteachers and schools within the Trust, whilst also taking on the Headteacher Designate role for the Trust’s new all through school being built on the southwest outskirts of Exeter. Both of these new roles were very exciting and provided Amy with lots of new challenges, however, she missed being part of a school community and knew that she wanted to return to being a Headteacher; a role that she loved.
When the Headship at Newton Abbot College came up, Amy was delighted - its reputation preceded it and she knew from visiting that it was a college that she wanted to work at; a college with a fantastic staff and student body and the potential to be truly outstanding. After a rigorous two-day interview process, Amy was over the moon to be offered the post.
“Having spent the best part of twenty years working in schools in Devon, I am as passionate today about the importance of a good quality education and the need to develop a love of learning in our classrooms, as I was the day I started. It is this passion that remains my motivation: to ensure that every day, in every classroom, we are providing our students with the best possible educational experience that helps them grow into responsible and kind young people; that challenges and supports them to achieve their best; and offers them a wealth of opportunities so that they can discover their talents and develop a curiosity about the world in which they live, so that when they leave us they are inspired and empowered to take their next steps and to start carving out their own path in life.”