Celebrating
a centenary
of Learning

  • 45
  • by Jenny Colin
  • graduated 2010
  • studied PGCE Modern Foreign Languages
  • from France

It’s now been nearly 2 years since I was appointed Head of Languages at St Mark’s School in Bath and I’m proud of what I have achieved over the past few years.

I was born in France and did all my studies there up to Master’s level. I wanted to be an English teacher in France so after my Master’s I decided to go to England for a year as a French assistant. I got a job at Brimsham Green School in Yate and enjoyed it so much that I decided to stay in England and do my PGCE in French and Spanish in 2010 at the University of Bristol.

As a French native, I found the PGCE course very challenging as it was very different from what we did in France. I had to learn everything from scratch and I struggled a lot. However, I benefited from excellent support from my mentors at the university. They, and the friends I made whilst on the course, helped me to succeed. I particularly enjoyed undertaking the Video Paper assignment in which we filmed our lessons and reflected on our teaching.

At the end of my PGCE training, I secured a teaching position covering maternity at Brimsham Green School where I did my second placement. I taught there for a year and established myself as a strong member of the department. I grew a lot in confidence over my NQT year and decided to apply for a Head of Department job at the end of my contract with Brimsham Green School. It’s now been nearly two years since I was appointed Head of Languages at St Mark’s School in Bath and I am proud of what I have achieved over the past few years. You have to be ready and willing to work hard because it is very hard to be a good teacher, especially if you want to have a social life. In the future I would like to find a job in an international school in another country, possibly a Spanish speaking country, as I have a real passion for languages.