Next up, the High School Low Down is spotlighting Mrs Gail Morrans, one of our Deputy Head Teachers at the Junior School.
Mrs Morrans was appointed in session 2016/17 and her role particularly focuses on Pastoral Care within the Junior School.
Give us the low down: what was your path to the High School?
I started out as a teacher in a State School before being promoted to Deputy Head. I was ready for a new challenge and applied for the role of Deputy Head at the Junior School and I haven’t looked back!
When did you know teaching was your calling?
I always knew I wanted to work with children and help them to progress in life. I thought about going into either teaching or children’s nursing but ultimately I knew I had to be a teacher.
Who or what inspires you most?
One of my Primary School teachers was the reason I first wanted to be a teacher myself. I found her so inspiring and wanted to be just like her when I grew up.
Tell us your biggest highlight at the High School so far?
I’ve watched the current Junior 6 progress all the way up through the School from Junior 1 when I first joined. Seeing how far they’ve come in their learning and how much they’ve grown as people and well-rounded individuals in this time has been a real highlight and has made me so proud.
I’m looking forward to the day they are Senior 6 leavers and they come back to visit us at the Junior School!
Describe yourself in 3 words
A good listener, caring and energetic.
If you could take one movie or song to a desert island, what would it be?
Shawshank Redemption would be my movie of choice!
What’s one thing you hope to never forget?
That it’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes allow you to learn and grow.
What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to someone?
No matter the circumstances, it’s always good to talk.
And finally, give us your low down of the High School
From day one I could see what a warm, welcoming and friendly place the Junior School is. Children are at the heart of the School and each member of staff strives to work together as part of a team to create the best possible environment.
The Junior School is always busy and there is always something happening. There are so many resources and specialist subjects and staff for children to benefit from. I remember being blown away when I saw my first Junior School production – drama, music and art coming together alongside pupils to produce something show stopping!