Manchester Metropolitan University
BSc (Hons) Business
Sheffield Hallam University
Peterborough Teaching Alliance
Born in South Africa before growing up in Northamptonshire, Jo is an experienced school leader who aspired to be a teacher from an early age. Having graduated from her Business degree, she completed her post-graduate teaching certificate and began teaching in September 2000. Many of the children Jo met during her first school lived in deprivation and had challenging home lives so she quickly realised that accessing a high quality education in a nurturing environment was life changing for these young people. this is a belief she still holds firmly, every child has the right to an amazing educational experience, regardless of their circumstances.
Having taught in Peterborough since 2003, Jo has a real understanding of the local area and a passion for developing the young people within it. She has held management responsibility in both pastoral and curriculum areas and was promoted to a senior leadership in 2017. She has taught Business, Economics, ICT, PSHE an Travel and Tourism, and more recently completed the TSST qualification in Mathematics, teaching this since 2019.
Jo has a passionate belief that education is so much more than traditional lessons and examination results. She feels that a school must have a culture of high aspirations and has a responsibility to equip children with the skills and resilience needed for adulthood, whilst supporting positive mental and physical health. This has been evident in her work at AMVC, including launching and extensive Sixth Form Enrichment course and developing a Wellbeing programme for both students and staff. Jo is also a strong advocate for the promotion of diversity and creating global citizens. This is not only through the curriculum and raising awareness in school, but by enabling students to enjoy cultural trips to a number of global destinations, including France, Italy, Spain, the USA and Swaziland.
When not in school, Jo spends time with family and credits her young son as the motivation behind her pupils receiving an education as thoughtful and rigorous as she would want for him.