Tom's Story - teaching for a few years



My introduction to teaching

I first heard about Teach Maidenhead through contacting local schools and looking for work experience. The receptionist I spoke to was so enthusiastic about Teach Maidenhead I felt excited to learn more. Once on the course I can safely say it was the most challenging, rewarding and enjoyable year of my life. Coming from a teaching family, I was sure I knew the efforts that went into being a successful teacher. However, nothing quite prepares you for the challenge ahead. It was though, a thoroughly enjoyable year where I developed not only as a trainee teacher but as a person as well. Teaching forces you to be the best person you can be and for that I consider myself privileged to be able to teach.

Upon completing my PGCE, NQT and first year in teaching, I was then fortunate to have the opportunity to take on more responsibility as Deputy Head of Sixth Form. This has again been a challenging and hugely rewarding experience and has accelerated my knowledge of how a successful school operates. I am grateful to all the staff and students who made my two years in this position as interesting as it was.

I am now looking forward to taking over the Geography department at Desborough College. Desborough alongside Furze Platt Senior School was where I learnt to teach and whilst very sad to be leaving Furze Platt, I am excited to lead a department for the first time. I am also delighted to continue my career in the schools that I trained at. I feel very lucky to have trained in such fantastic schools that have allowed me to develop each and every year. I can’t recommend a career in teaching highly enough and especially with a school’s direct route such as Teach Maidenhead. It has been the best decision I have made in my professional life.


Tom Angier, Head of Geography at Desborough College and Teach Maidenhead trainee (2014-15)

About Us

Teach Maidenhead - (University of Reading ITE Hub) is the foremost teacher training provider west of London. We provide unsalaried secondary School Direct places. Our teacher training courses are organised in partnership with The University of Reading, a large Initial Teacher Training provider. Reading University train over 400 teachers each year and are ranked 9th in the UK for Education ( The Guardian University Guide 2024)





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 Address: Teach Maidenhead, Furze Platt Senior School, Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7NQ


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