Jenna, RE Lead at Orsett Heath Academy told us about the incredible opportunities she has had since joining.
“I joined SWECET in 2020 when Orsett Heath Academy opened. Throughout my time at the school, the Trust has supported me with lots of opportunities. One of my favourites has been designing my own RE curriculum and directly seeing the impact this has had on our students. Watching them learn, grow and engage in lessons I’ve put together makes me feel extremely fulfilled knowing I have contributed to their development.
The Trust gives me the resources I need to inspire every student. Having a substantial amount of time as a new and growing school to develop the curriculum has resulted in lots of progress in the classroom. Being part of SWECET means being part of an encouraging, friendly environment and it’s so reassuring to belong under an umbrella of schools united by the same vision and values. I have built valuable connections with other schools which is super useful and I’m able to collaborate with leaders and teachers from these schools who offer different insights and perspectives that positively influence my own teaching. The Trust is a catalyst for creative thinking and sharing best practices.
Of course, teaching comes with its challenges – but the satisfaction of students enjoying the lesson you created or learning from a syllabus you established makes all the hard work worth it. I also really enjoy the opportunity to be a positive role model in the lives of our young people. I cherish the relationships I’ve built up with our incredible students who make each lesson unique and every day exciting.”