Amanda has worked for West Norfolk Academies Trust for 4 years and was appointed Headteacher in September 2022. After studying English Literature at Swansea University Amanda then completed her long-held ambition to become an English teacher through a PGCE at Bristol University.
Amanda began her teaching career in Reading and Surrey then returned to Norfolk in 2005 progressing to Head of English then Head of Faculty before joining Smithdon in September 2018 as Deputy Headteacher. Amanda was promoted to Head of School a year later, a position she held for 3 years.
Amanda said she feels fortunate to be surrounded by a supportive educational community - the most supportive Trust she has ever worked for. Taking on her first headship within the Trust was her ideal scenario. Having already experienced collaborative working with colleagues across the Trust, received regular training and been able to have professional discussions on varied new and old pedagogical approaches, she knew she wanted to be able to develop her career and leadership experience within the Trust.
Amanda feels it is difficult to pinpoint the best part of her job, because she loves so much of it. From her day-to-day interactions with the students to engaging with the local community. From supporting all of her staff team to provide the best education and environment for learning to working with parents to support the children in their personal development journeys.
Amanda’s one piece of knowledge to a new employee of the Trust is “remember every new day is a new opportunity: reflect on your decisions and actions, know there is always someone to discuss things with, and appreciate that with experience you can trust your instincts”.
Amanda’s biggest achievement is overcoming her lack of self-confidence and self-belief to become a successful teacher and now an influential school leader.