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Kirkleatham Hall School

"Unlocking Potential"

Lauren Botterill

I grew up in Redcar and attended Riverdale Primary school and then West Redcar secondary school, now known as Redcar Academy.

I then moved on to study English language and photography at Prior Pursglove college.

During this time I worked for the play sector of Redcar and Cleveland Council and this is when I fell completely in love with Kirkleatham Hall School. I used to come in and help run an EYFS play club with some Teaching Assistants from school which I loved and really looked forward to. Sadly the play sector of the council came to an end and this meant the end of our lovely play club.

 

I left college and went on to study towards my BA honours degree in fine art photography at Teesside university.

I graduated in 2012 and landed my first professional photography job with Tempest Photography, school photographers in the summer of 2012. With this job I visited many schools in the country and saw lots of lovely children, however it highlighted to me that nothing would ever compare to KHS, their amazing, inspirational children and lovely atmosphere, and that is when I knew exactly where I needed to be.

 

So I asked if I could come and visit school again, I visited on March 15th 2013, which was Red Nose Day and the atmosphere was buzzing around school.

I started to volunteer that month in Class 4 with Helen Newton and had an amazing few months.

I applied for a teaching assistant job in the summer term of 2013 and following a selection process and interview I was appointed and ready to start in September 2014.

 

Since then I have completed my level 2 and 3 in ‘support teaching and learning’, I have trained to be a ‘Centaur manual handling trainer and coordinator’ which I am honoured to do and I have undergone many amazing, specialised training courses to develop my skills and learn new therapies in order to care for and educate our more complex PMLD students, which I am incredibly passionate about.

I have had a completely wonderful five years in school and I look forward to the rest of my career here.

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