Our next ex-Ramsey pupil who agreed to tell us about his life path is Leigh, he attended Ian Ramsey between 1980 and 1985.
” I came from Kent in Year 7, didn’t really know anyone, and had a small group of friends. I coasted through school with reports that said ‘nice lad, should do better, doesn’t concentrate.’ So I left with only a handful of grade 1-3 CSEs and a few O’levels but none above a grade C. But I didn’t pass my Maths.
At Stockton Sixth Form I gained a couple of A levels in Philosophy and General Studies but still didn’t pass my Maths.
I joined the Police in 1988, and was a police constable in Hartlepool but this wasn’t for me, I wanted to work with children with behaviour issues, to prevent them from getting into trouble.
In 1998 I began working at Windlestone Hall Special School in County Durham, dealing with behavioural issues, as I wanted. The Head asked me why I didn’t train to be a teacher. At first I laughed it off, thought it wasn’t for me but when he said he would support me through the process I thought why not.
I finally passed my GCSE Maths in 2001 with a grade B, having spent the year working full time and studying one night a week at Stockton Riverside College. After this my Head Teacher gave me Mondays off so I could attend Teesside University and study History. Three years of hard work later and I had my History degree, and the Head gave me a job in the school teaching History and Geography.
In 2008 I was able to return to working in special schools who were struggling with behaviour, within Stockton Borough Council, and then the Horizons Trust. I worked my way up to Senior Teacher, Assistant Head Teacher and Vice Principle.
In June 2017 I was offered and accepted my first Headship, so now I run Arch way Pupil Referral Unit in Eston.
I don’t believe my teachers at Ian Ramsey ever saw me working in education, let alone as a Head Teacher! So if I can do it, so can you.”
Thank you to Leigh for sharing his story. We are looking for more Ian Ramsey Alumni to tell us about their experience of school and their lives after school, so please get in touch via email@example.com