Louise grew up locally, attending Coombe Dean School in Plymouth where she completed her O and A Levels. Having left school, she spent the next decade enjoying her love of music. Securing jobs working in independent music shops and chain stores in the Plymouth area, Louise spent her spare time travelling the country (and abroad) following her favourite bands, including The Stone Roses and The Wedding Present as they toured. She also attended a host of music festivals including Glastonbury and Reading and boasts seeing Nirvana live at their very first gig in Germany in the early nineteen nineties.
Louise’s love of, and dedication to the live music scene, also sparked a love of travelling. Her experiences to date have seen her travel the breadth of Turkey from east to west, voyage from Spain to Morocco and backpack across Malaysia.
Upon her return to the UK and following the start of her family, Louise left the music scene and attended the University of Exeter, reading English Literature and Language before completing her PGCE in Secondary English at The College of St Mark and St John. Her first teaching position saw her travel to Newton Abbot to work at Coombeshead College as an English Teacher; a position she remained in for four years.
In 2007, the position of Head of English was advertised at the then Knowles Hill School (now Newton Abbot College); a job Louise swiftly secured. During her five years in post, Louise successfully completed a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of St Mark and St John, as part of her continued professional development.
She quickly rose through the ranks, becoming Learning Director responsible for half of the subject team leaders across the College in 2012. Shortly after, Louise joined the College Leadership Team, remaining responsible for Teaching and Learning and also assuming responsibility for Pupil Premium.
“Newton Abbot College’s students are brilliant. All of the College community, including staff, realise how lucky we are to work in such a safe and happy environment. The College is a truly unique place to work where friendships and fun are at the centre of what we do.
I am obviously hoping for the College to receive an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating; I believe we deserve it. I want those outside of the College environment to appreciate just how good our teaching and learning really is. Most of all, I want our students to leave Newton Abbot College with great life chances and have positive memories of their time at school for their exciting futures ahead.”
I am obviously hoping for the College to receive an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating; I believe we deserve it. I want those outside of the College environment to appreciate just how good our teaching and learning really is.