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Head of English

Ms A Jeffery

After graduating from Oxford University in 2002 with a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, I spent a brief and, to me, unrewarding year working in publishing before realising that my true vocation was teaching.

After completing my PGCE in English and Drama at Homerton College, Cambridge, I spent 11 years working in the state system in London, taking on roles including Head of English and Senior Academic Mentor for Sixth Form, before moving to Shanghai, where I became Head of Key Stage 3 at an international school whilst continuing to teach English, Drama, French and even occasionally Music!

After six amazing years in China, it was time to move back to England and back to my first love- English. I was therefore delighted to be given the role of Head of English at St Joseph’s. From the first moment I walked through the doors for my interview, I was struck by the friendly and welcoming atmosphere and by the incredibly strong sense of community in this small but perfectly-formed school. I am relishing the opportunity to work with colleagues who are as passionate about English as I am, and to inspire our students with the same passion.

I am a keen choral singer and have really enjoyed becoming a member of the excellent Chamber Choir here at St Joseph’s. As I have a small daughter, my spare time is currently spent at softplay and the park, but I am looking forward to getting back to museums, galleries and the theatre, and to hiking in the countryside, as she gets older.

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