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☰ Mrs Richardson marks 20 years of service

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Mrs Richardson marks 20 years of service

Posted on September 18 2020

Mrs Richardson marks 20 years of service

Mrs Richardson, our Pre-Prep teacher, recently celebrated 20 years of service at Forest Park.  We wanted to mark the occasion so we interviewed her.

Have you enjoyed your 20 years teaching at Forest Park?

I have enjoyed myself yes. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.  It’s so lovely to meet the children that join my class and then watch them flourish through the school and then begin their journeys into secondary school when they leave in Year 6.  There have been many changes over the years, with different Headteachers and members of staff however, I believe we have the best team in place right now and we really are one big happy family.

What has been your fondest memory of your time at Forest Park?

My favourite memories are the Leavers’ Assemblies.  To see the children that I taught as 3 year olds, all grown up and moving on is very emotional for me.  I also love the start of the school year; meeting all the new little ones and watching them develop through their year in Pre-Prep.

How much do you think Forest Park has changed during your time here?

It has changed a lot!  Part of my qualification was to manage the development of the Pre-Prep classroom, as it now exists, so this room is very special to me.  The resources available to the children has really improved which is great.

What was the first thing that came into your head when you visited Forest Park the very first time and what made you decide to teach here?

When I walked up to the gate the school immediately gave me a homely feeling.  I felt very welcomed instantly, and the warmth and response from the children made me realise I wanted to teach here.

Why did you want to become a teacher?

I always knew that I wanted to help people as I feel like I have a lot of care and support to give.  My whole working life has been about this.   I love supporting the children and settling them into school and in my role as Head of EYFS I also help staff members with supporting their development.  I’ve been extremely lucky over the last ten years to work with Mrs Smith.  She is an absolute superstar and we work really well together.  Ultimately, I just love working with kids and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

How many classes/children have you taught at Forest Park over the years?

Let’s see, I’ve had 20 Pre-Prep classes so between 350-400 children!

What are your favourite subjects to teach?

I love maths and the creative work we do.  We cover seven areas of learning in Early Years (communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design) and I like to make all of it fun.  That’s the key to keeping children engaged.

How many more years are you planning to stay at Forest Park?

As long as I’m able to! I wouldn’t change it for the world.

 

A couple of Year 6 children wanted to share some memories of Mrs Richardson too.

Thank you for all your hard work Mrs Richardson.

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