Alison Anderson

Hello, I am Alison Anderson. I joined the school in September 2010. I am married and I have two girls one who is 5 and one who is 1.  I love to travel,paint, sing, swim and spend time with my family.

A little bit about more about me.  I was born into a military family with my father serving in the RAF for the first 15 years of my life. During that time I experienced a wide range of schools both in the UK and abroad in Cyprus and Germany.

I qualified with a Bachelor of Education with Honours in 1996 from Manchester MetropolitanUniversity. I was awarded a PGCE in the ‘Teaching of Shakespeare’ from the University of Warwick, and in 2006 I was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). I have been teaching for sixteen years now and have had the opportunity to work for six different Local Authorities.

My teaching career began in the Borough of Hillingdon, West London. This was in a large junior school in Eastcote Middlesex, very similar to the community Buckden serves. After two years I moved to another large primary school for promotion to ICT and Humanities Co-ordinators. During my first year in this post I underwent a rigorous assessment and was one of the first cohort of Advanced Skills Teachers (AST).

In 2000, I was approached to work in a school in inner London in order to use my skills as an AST to help move the school out of Special Measures. I worked with a committed team and the school received a ‘Good’ OfSTED after eighteen months. Although I stayed at the school for a further year I spent one day a week supporting teachers in other schools.

In 2002, I moved to Essex to support the Local Authority with their deployment of AST whilst continuing to teach in my new school, and for one day a week supported teachers in other schools to improve their teaching.

In 2003, I received national recognition for my contribution to teaching as I was invited to attend a dinner at 10 Downing Street celebrating a ‘Significant Contribution to Education’.

In 2004, I moved schools to work in the City of Westminster as Deputy Head Teacher. During my time there I was responsible for Assessment, Curriculum Development, Child Protection and the day to day management of the school. I developed links with the local and national community which led to the school becoming a recognised link school for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Due to the recurring sickness of the Headteacher, I was Acting Headteacher for the equivalent of four of the six years I was at the school.

In May of 2010 I successfully interviewed for the position of Headteacher at Buckden CE Primary School and joined the school in September 2010.

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