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Kirkleatham Hall School

"Unlocking Potential"

Karen Robson

I was born in South Shields and brought up in South Tyneside. When I was 11 years old I sat the 11 plus and marginally failed, however I was lucky to be chosen to be reconsidered and was offered o place at Jarrow Grammar School. I then decided to leave school at 16 and go to the local FE college where I sat my A levels, and went on from there, to Newcastle Polytechnic to complete my Bachelor of Education (BEd).

My chosen degree was one of the few that specialised in Special Educational Needs.

I loved it from the very first day.


I must confess that I never enjoyed school, however I was lucky thot other people, including my parents, encouraged me to believe thot I could achieve anything that I wanted to achieve, through hard work and commitment. I always knew that I wanted to work in Special Education, and have been fortunate to work all of my career? (since 1981!) in the two special schools in Redcar and Cleveland. I hove o son and a daughter, both of whom have spent time in school with me as they have grown up, supporting ploy schemes and sports clubs. However both of them have chosen alternative careers. I think thot it's their loss!


Kirkleatham is a great place to be. My job is the best in the world - working with the best team, best parents and carers, to achieve great things for the best children. Every single day is different and there is always plenty to keep us busy and focused on getting the best outcomes for everyone in our community.