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There are some exceptional and inspiring teachers in Yorkshire Coast schools. Read some of their stories here.

Amanda Nimmo

Amanda Nimmo is a Faculty Leader for Mathematics and ICT at EBOR Academy Filey - She has worked at the EBOR Academy Filey since September 2020

  1. How did you get into teaching? 

I worked for the Health and Safety Executive, Research and Laboratory Services Division in Sheffield, South Yorkshire for over 10 years, when I found out my youngest son had leukaemia.  Just under 3 years later he died and life changed forever. I re-evaluated life and decided that I wanted a new job, a role that felt worthwhile – it sounds like a cliché, but I wanted to make a difference. 

Maths was a subject that I enjoyed, and having started a degree many years before, I decided to finish it and get a teaching qualification.  Hearing so many people say they don’t like Maths really makes me sad and I honestly believe that a good Maths teacher makes the difference between people liking and not liking the subject!  I wanted to become that good Maths teacher and hear people say, “Maths, yes, I love it!” or at the very least, “yeah, it’s ok!”

  1. And what has your career path look like to date? 

I started my first teaching role in the May/June as I finished my degree and QTS, working full-time in the school in Sheffield where I carried out my second teaching placement.  I loved it! 

Some challenging moments, but a great Department where I learned a lot and quickly became second in the Maths Department.  After 3 years I decided to move to Devon and work in a small coastal Secondary school.  Probably one of my favourite schools.  Family dynamics meant a couple more changes of school, but after working my way up to Head of Department, a friend contacted me and asked me to work with her out in Qatar, in the Middle East.  An amazing experience and I’m glad I did it, but one year was enough!

As Head of Department and DDSL, I worked very long hours – my car was always the last one in the car park!  Coronavirus delayed things, but when I saw a Head of Maths and ICT Faculty role at Ebor Academy in Filey, something just clicked – that job had my name all over it! 

I have been working in the school since September, although I attended a few ‘zoom’ meetings during the summer, and came in to school to try and get prepared.  I absolutely love it! It is a small coastal school, with a ‘family’ feel about it, similar to the schools I worked at in Devon.  I’ve been made to feel very welcome, working as part of the SLT, who are some of the nicest, most hard-working people that I’ve ever met.  They are so committed to the well-being of the students in the school. 

But not just the students – I can honestly say in almost 2 decades of teaching, this is the first school that I’ve come across where the Headteacher genuinely cares about the well-being of his staff. It is so refreshing.  Yesterday was my birthday and I arrived to my classroom to find a card and a present from my SLT colleagues – 20 years teaching and I’ve never had that before. 

Do I feel special, valued and appreciated?  - Absolutely I do!  Don’t get me wrong - I’m tired – it is hard work and I work long hours.  My ‘to do’ list is enormous and I feel like I add more tasks to the list every day, but I am absolutely loving it.

  1. What do you enjoy most about being a teacher? 

 I love seeing the relationships grow with the students, as they learn to trust you.  They know there are boundaries, invisible lines that shouldn’t be crossed,  but sharing a joke, having students desperate to tell you about their weekend, or how their last lesson went or even what they had for dinner. 

I met a year 7 boy today on the corridor – never come across him before, but he was on his own looking at his planner.  “Are you lost?” I asked him.  “Not sure where I am next Miss!” he replied.  We checked his timetable, he needed to go to science “OK, so you’re alright, you know where you’re going?” I asked.  “Yes, Miss, you look after yourself Miss, alright!” this tiny little year 7 boy shouted to me. 

And tonight, one of my Y9 students had been struggling to log on to MyMaths...  he’d written down the wrong password – twice – but tonight he finally logged on and completed the work set.  He emailed me and wrote, “sorry to email you so late Miss, and sorry for the inconvenience in class today about the password, but I’ve done the work on MyMaths.  Also, I forgot to say yesterday, but I hope you had a good birthday!”

I think that’s incredible – a year 9 boy, normally the age when they don’t speak to you unless they have to!

Two incidents – just today – that made me really smile! 

And that kind of thing happens every single day!

The children here are just so different to those that you meet in big cities.  There is something almost vulnerable about them.  Filey is not a very wealthy area and many of the students are from quite deprived backgrounds.  (What I have noticed is how small they are!  Compared to students in other more affluent schools, there is a significant height difference!)

There are some difficult students, just as there are in any school, it’s not all unicorns and rainbows.  But the vast majority are great, they are keen to please and a little bit of praise means a lot – they might not admit it, but it really matters!

  1. Why the North Yorkshire Coast, what attracted you ? 

I walk down to the beach and just watch the waves and look out to sea – the dogs run on the sand and play in the shallow waves... and I just count my blessings! 

What a fabulous place to be.  If we don’t walk on the beach, we sometimes go up to Wold Newton where we walk in the fields.  It is so beautiful there.  The Anvil Arms in the middle of the village looks very inviting – I will definitely pop in one of these days! 

Essentially, there is countryside in one direction, the sea and the sand in the other direction. 

Who could possibly ask for more?  

  1. What would you say to a teacher to move their career to the North Yorkshire coast?   

Don’t even hesitate.  Especially if you can land a job at Ebor, Filey. If you’re passionate about the students, prepared to work hard, and really want to make a difference to the lives of some of the children here, just apply. If you are lucky enough to be selected to work here, you will not regret it for a moment

Padraig Curran

Padraig Curran is the Associate Senior Leader in Modern Foreign Languages at Scalby School – He has worked at Scalby School since Easter 2020.

  1. How did you get into teaching? 

After having experience working as a modern foreign language ambassador in many local schools whilst at university, 

  1. And what has your career path look like to date ?

I trained and worked for the first few years of my career at an inner city school in Hull which served one of the most deprived areas of the country.

  1. What do you enjoy most about being a teacher ?

I love the buzz of being in a classroom, seeing pupils grow in confidence and increase their appetite for learning.

  1. Why the North Yorkshire Coast, what attracted you ?

The opportunity to challenge myself in a new role and progress on my career whilst teaching in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.

  1. What would you say to a teacher to move their career to the North Yorkshire coast?

I'd tell them to look at the opportunities being offered on the North Yorkshire Coast. The CPD offer in particular is very strong. There are amazing schools, staff, pupils and a myriad of opportunities available.

Jack Evans

Jack Evans is a Year 2 Primary Teacher at Friarage Community Primary School in the heart of Scarborough town centre - He has worked at Friarage Community Primary School since September 2020

  1.     How did you get into teaching? 

When I was younger, I dreamed of being either a pilot or a teacher; to be a part of something and make a difference. I started volunteering in my local youth club and was leading a charity quiz evening when one of the staff complimented me on my affinity to work and engage with other young people. They suggested that I should think about becoming a teacher.

It was a lightbulb moment for me!

I volunteered at my primary school for 2 years and worked with my original primary school teacher. With support and encouragement, I applied for a place at Durham University. Through hard work and determination, I have successfully started my NQT year here on the North Yorkshire Coast at Friarage Community Primary School.

  1.     What has your career path looked like to date?

I applied for the maternity leave cover in Year 2 at Friarage Community Primary School for my NQT school year, as I loved the feel of the school. Everyone was so friendly, kind and I really felt I would gain invaluable experience, which would support me during my teaching practice as an NQT. 

Friarage CP is a 2-form entry school and is in the centre of Scarborough Town Centre. I was a little nervous to be starting a new school after not having the chance to introduce myself to the children due to the pandemic and subsequent closures during lockdown. I need not of worried; the children are so happy to be back at school which has been fantastic and their enthusiasm to learn has been infectious. 

I am extremely lucky to have an encouraging teaching and support team around me. The other teacher in Year 2 is an experienced teacher and we are working together in our delivery and planning which has greatly benefitted my practice. 

At Friarage, I also have an NQT mentor who has been really helpful, making me feel at ease and always encouraging me to be the best I can be. I do not feel afraid to ask questions and I can confidently evaluate my own teaching, which is added to through encouraging observations. I feel supported in my journey as a NQT teacher and I am constantly excited for the day ahead. 

  1.     What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?

I feel incredibly privileged to be a teacher. Being a part of the children's lives and watching them grow and change as learners - it gives me a great sense of pride that I have, in some way, contributed to their development. I am part of a team and as the children learn and develop so do I; every day is really a new day; there are not many jobs you can say that about!

  1.     Why the North Yorkshire Coast, what attracted you?

Through growing up in Liverpool and studying at Durham I was used to city life and would come through to Scarborough for a day trip and as a sports referee I would sometimes come over to the Scarborough area. However, it was not really somewhere I thought I would move to until the opportunity to work at Friarage came up. From reading the recruitment pack, having an informal chat with James and visiting the school; I fell in love with the coastal life. There is so much to do, sights to see and places to go. I really enjoy going to the gym or going for a run on the beach and then going home to cook.

  1.    What would you say to a teacher to move their career to the North Yorkshire coast?

Do it! 

I am part of an amazing school team; but I am also part of something bigger. Through the Opportunity Area funding, I am part of a wider team; giving me the chance to access different types of CPD, courses and chances to improve and share great learning practice.

Campbell McGregor 

Campbell McGregor is a Teacher of English at Graham School - He has worked Graham School since September 2020. 


  1. How did you get into teaching? 

I left School at 16, and joined a printing firm on an apprenticeship; friends of mine were teachers and always spoke about how 'every day was different' and it made me more determined to make that move over to becoming a teacher. 

Through redundancy, it gave me the option and strength to apply for a degree with the Open University. Whilst I was studying, I enquired with Scalby School to see if I would be able to volunteer once a week in the English department to build my confidence and get used to the teaching environment in a busy secondary school before I enrolled on my Initial Teacher Training with Scarborough Teaching Alliance.  

  1. And what has your career path look like to date?

I am learning every day – it’s a learning curve and I love it; being able to bring my passion for English and learning alive is so rewarding, every day really ‘is different’. I am part of a great team #teamgraham and you know you are making a difference to the Young people at school when you see them putting in the effort as it has to work 2-ways. Building these positive relationships as a new teacher in a large secondary school is terrific. 

  1. What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?

I love my subject and would like others to!

I am enjoying my journey into teaching and really enjoy the professional and positive relationships with the rest of the staff and the pupils.  As my knowledge and teaching practice grows, I am really looking forward to my role as a teacher developing too; I would like to see it taking a more pastoral side, watching a pupil’s confidence and understanding grow is something to be very proud of and know that you have been a part of that process. 

  1. Why the North Yorkshire Coast, what attracted you ?

When I moved from Scotland in 2012, I came to Scarborough to be nearer my family whilst I decided my employment and lifestyle options that were open to me. I just love the coast and being part of coastal community. Scarborough is a small happy town with so much to do, see and do. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

  1. What would you say to a teacher to move their career to the North Yorkshire coast?

It is the location; once you are here, you are hooked! Do it you will not look back! I have a young family and we have so much on our doorstep to go and do, from the beach to the forest, there is always something to keep you occupied.

Life at George Pindar School, Scarborough

James Annetts, our coastal teacher recruitment lead, talks to student Lucy about life at George Pindar School in Scarborough.

Ms. Tunnard and George Pindar

Learn about Ms. Tunnards' journey into education, why she feels that coastal schools are so special, and how she has moved her own career development forward in George Pindar School.

Luke and Mr Lodge

Mr Lodge is a Year 6 Teacher at Braeburn Primary and Nursery Academy in Scarborough. Hear what Mr Lodge and Luke love about living in Scarborough and the unique bond teaching staff have with their pupils in our amazing North Yorkshire coastal schools.

Mark Brown

Mark Brown is part of the Engineering Teaching Team and his area of expertise is Systems Engineering (electronics and robotics) at Scarborough UTC. Mark works with Rob Shephard, Director of Engineering. Only this academic year they took a team of students to the '2019 - F1 in Schools World Finals' in Abu Dhabi, which has really put our coastal schools on the map here in North Yorkshire.

Where did you start your career as a teacher?

My first teaching position was at Langdon Park School in London. My first role - I imagine as it is for most colleagues - was challenging to begin with; I'd gone to work away from where I'd completed my first degree in Belfast, and then did a PGCE in York. I wanted to teach in London as an adventure really, and it was really quite tough, but my colleagues were an inspiration, as were some of the students I worked with. Challenging times, but they made me as a teacher in how it boosted my resilience - something I bang on about to my students now. Learning works when tasks are sometimes difficult, challenging and tricky - as sometimes that's how we best develop our problem solving skills!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the challenges that come with students pushing at the edge of their learning and wanting to understand and find out more; I am continually inspired by our young people who realise that learning and effort really do increase your smarts - that you learn and make yourself brighter because of your learning. People mention the spark in learning - I feel it when I learn something new - 'Aww- that's it!' or 'that's how it works'.  I am privileged to work with students who ask interesting questions (and all questions can be interesting or funny).

The dynamics of working in a learning environment are best for me when I'm open about not having all the answers, and modelling modes of enquiry based learning - we want to promote a can-do, positive approach - and sometimes I will support a student with an electronic circuit or a robotic programme - not knowing what the solution to the problem is - working through challenges where engineering thinking and problem solving is the norm - well - that's just priceless for me.

Why the North Yorkshire coast? What attracted you?

The coast is a beautiful place. From rock pooling and messing around on the beaches, to the fabulous coastal paths - either alone or with family there is always something to do. I enjoy trail and fell running and love being outdoors - there are so many different places to visit, and so many that you then want to return to. Sandsend? Who knew? Boggle Hole anyone? Runswick Bay - sometimes just the name and it makes you want to go and have an explore!

What would you say to a teacher thinking about moving their career to a school on the Yorkshire coast?

I'd absolutely encourage anyone thinking of coming to the coast to speak with the school, make contact and if it is at all possible - make that face to face visit or speak to someone like James Annetts by phone to find out more than the basics.

In my experience, a visit is a must - you can get a great feel for what the prospective role will entail, you get chance to ask any questions you might have. It is always a good idea to have some general ones in mind to begin with, your research might turn up something more specific - then you're also showing you are a serious candidate.

The Principal at the UTC was warm and friendly and especially wanted me to have chance to look around and meet other colleagues, and ask questions as I went around to see what it was like in a normal day.

There are some excellent opportunities to build a career here; I'm fortunate that we have an excellent programme of continued professional learning.

The biggest draw for me to work at the coast was specific to the teaching post and the opportunity to work in a context where I felt my skills could make a positive impact - the benefits when I'm not in work relate to the fact that we are in such an outstanding area with such friendly people - I feel really lucky to be working with a team of awesome people, pulling in the same direction for our learners - ‘engineers of the future’!

Rachel Fearnehough

Ms Rachel Fearnehough is the vice principal of Scarborough UTC. She has worked at the University Technical College since January 2019.

What drove you to take a career in education?

I wanted to make a positive difference and saw how drama could transform students’ self-esteem and confidence.

Where did you start your career as a teacher?

I worked in Walsall as an instructor. It was there that I saw how tough teaching can be but also how rewarding. I then did my PGCE in Birmingham and went to Northern Ireland where I saw how pivotal educational is for community cohesion.

Was there a pivotal point in your career where you decided to move into senior management and leadership within in a secondary setting?

A head teacher encouraged me to do so and I visited High Tec High in San Diego for a BSF Project. I realised that transformation takes place within the classroom but if the organisation is not strong enough this will always be limited.

Why the North Yorkshire Coast? What attracted you?

I am from Yorkshire and have always wanted to return to my roots. I am also passionate about education making a difference and after years of working in the inner city I realised that the areas in most need are coastal communities in the UK.

What would you say to a teacher thinking about moving their career to a school on the Yorkshire Coast?

Do it! You can use your city experience to inspire and challenge students by expanding their horizons and helping them connect. Living here will give you a journey to work that most of us reserve for our holidays! Yorkshire is a welcoming place and you can really make a difference here.

Harriet Baxter

Harriet is a teacher of Mathematics at Scalby School in Scarborough. She has worked at Scalby since September 2018.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I just love coming to work every morning, my school is fantastic; amazing teachers, lovely students and a fantastic community to work in. I qualified as a PE specialist but when I came for an interview for a PE teacher, I was offered a job as a maths teacher. When I weighed up my options for this there was no real choice to be made. The welcoming feel of the school and the staff and children in it just made me feel like I belonged right from the start, and I still feel this way a year later.

What’s the best thing about the community that your school serves?

I think that the community this school is in is lovely, I do commute to work so I do not live in the area but the community is involved in the school and the school is involved in the community. I think that is something that is quite rare and it makes Scalby School even more special.

What would you say to a teacher thinking about moving to a school on the Yorkshire Coast?

I think there is something unique about coastal schools, the environment they create is something of a community, and everyone is working together towards a shared goal. I have a 50-60 minute drive to work every day and if I did not love the school or the location, I would find it a struggle. However, it is the complete opposite. I adore the school and therefore the drive is not a problem for me.

Katy Phipps

Katy has just started a new role on secondment at Wheatcroft Community Primary School in Scarborough, as Deputy Headteacher.

Where did you work before and why did you decide to move?

I had been working at Northstead Community Primary School in Scarborough in key stage two for the last seven years. I moved to Wheatcroft School to take on a secondment position as their Deputy Headteacher. After seeing the advertisement online, I decided to apply for the opportunity to gain more experience in a contrasting school. Not only this, but to develop the leadership skills and qualities that I had not yet had chance to put into practise. I have very recently completed an NPQSL and therefore felt ready to work within a senior leadership team.

Once I had read the person specification and liaised with James, I arranged a visit to the host school to discuss the role further with the Headteacher and tour the school. My Headteacher at Northstead was incredibly supportive of my application and was in agreement that this would be excellent experience. With his support, and guidance from James, I applied for the role and was successful. Following this was a process of transition and I have now been working in my new role for roughly half a term.

What are you most looking forward to about your new role?

I am looking forward to working with the senior leadership team and other colleagues across a new school.

As I have not yet had much experience of working with whole school data and analysis, I am looking forward to working alongside the Headteacher at Wheatcroft in doing this. This is definitely an area of skills I wanted to develop.

What’s the best thing about living and / or working on the Yorkshire Coast?

At Wheatcroft School, one of our curriculum drivers is our locality. We use our locality to drive our learning. This includes lots of visits out into our community. With the beach only a ten minute walk from school, we regularly visit with the children to help bring their learning to life. Our school has recently been certified as an official ‘Beach School’.

Another aspect of working on the Yorkshire Coast that I enjoy are the opportunities for CPD with other schools. I have really enjoyed collaborating with other local schools, who are always willing to do this, to discuss their approaches to learning. The events organised by the Teaching Alliance, for example speed learning, conferences at the Spa etc., have also been a good way of networking with colleagues from other schools and sharing good practise.

Norma Enright

Norma joined Graham Secondary School in Scarborough in September 2019. She is the Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning.

Where did you work before and why did you decide to move?

I will be moving from a school in Bradford West Yorkshire. My main reason for moving is I have done 18 years in inner-city schools with high deprivation and I needed a new challenge.

What are you most looking forward to about your new role?

I am looking forward to leading teaching and learning across the school, which will have an impact on the progress of young people. It’s about empowering staff to take risks in the classroom.

What are you most looking forward to about living and / or working on the Yorkshire Coast?

I come from a coastal town on the west coast of Ireland, so the sea-air is in my blood! I believe it will allow me to have that much needed work life balance and walk on the beach with my dog all year round. There is nothing better for the soul or at the end of a difficult day than to feel the sea breeze on your face!

Maddie Blakeley

Maddie Blakeley is an Early Career Teacher at Newby and Scalby Primary School in Scarborough. She has worked at the school since June 2017.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I don't think there is any job that can be as varied as teaching is. You can't beat working with children: getting to know them as people; sharing their hopes and aspirations for the future; celebrating their successes and watching them finally get something they have been struggling with. That is when you truly know you have made a difference. Finding a school where this ethos is shared and where children are the driving force is what I have managed to do and I work alongside an incredible group of dedicated people that share that same goal. Not only have I found a group of work colleagues but also a group of friends that support me and make me laugh often.

What’s the best thing about the community that your school serves?

The community plays a large role in our teaching and learning and is a lovely area to work. We are lucky to work so closely with many services. Whether it be borrowing a book from the local library, visiting the local church for a tour of the war memorial or sharing harvest gifts with local residents, we gain a lot from this. Having open days and workshops means people are welcome to see how the school runs and how their children are getting on. It is a great way to get to know the school and teachers.

What would you say to a teacher thinking about moving to a school on the Yorkshire Coast?

I don't think you can beat working on the coast. Personally, I was brought up in Scarborough but after going to university in Lincoln and working in city schools and village schools I always knew that the coast would be where I ended up. Having the beach on your doorstep is ideal and I'm sure some of our children would agree, especially our Year 6s who have spent an afternoon surfing in the past with trained lifeguards. Trips to the beach and the local parks all add to the different experiences that children in our school are exposed to. We have a bit of everything that is only a walk or short drive away.

Anjum James-Francis

Anjum decided to move to Scarborough from Birmingham to take on an NQT Teacher of PE role at Graham School.

Where did you work before and why did you decide to move?

Before I worked in Scarborough, I worked in a leisure centre, coached children and worked as a cover teacher in Birmingham.

There were a number of reasons I decided to move. PE jobs are not easy to come by, especially as a NQT so I was always open to move away from home. I researched the area and surrounding areas and discovered how much cheaper rent was compared to the city.

I also saw this as a opportunity as a new challenge for my career and me personally. Moving and living alone takes a lot of bravery and independence. Graham school was something I had never experienced and something I wanted to explore and make a difference in. Of course, living five minutes from the beach also played a huge part!

What are you most looking forward to about your new role?

I look forward to progressing in my career and becoming more comfortable. One of the main things I look forward to is seeing my form group every morning. This is my chance to make a real impact and I spend most my time with them each week.

I also look forward to travelling to and from school and seeing the views of the coast as I travel back home each day, something I have never thought about experiencing in the city.

What’s the best thing about living and / or working on the Yorkshire Coast?

There are many things I enjoy. As somebody who enjoys photography, the views up here are amazing and something I have already captured endless photos of. As a PE teacher from the city, space to each is always an issue - small fields and cramped teaching areas. Here there is a luxury of outdoor space which has already improved my lessons.

Finally, being able to walk to the beach whenever you please has to be a huge positive about living on the coast.

David Hannam

David Hannam is a teacher of KS2 (Year 5). He has worked at Barrowcliff School since January 2019.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The daily challenge to bring the best out of the children, whether that is academically or as young citizens. I enjoy the social interactions with the class and my colleagues, and also the satisfaction of seeing progress happen.

What’s the best thing about the community that your school serves?

The community that the school serves is supportive of the aims of the school in terms of trying to improve the outcomes for our young people. The senior leadership team have a clearly communicated message about what the ethos of the school is and the parents try to fulfil their responsibilities, sometimes in difficult circumstances.

What would you say to a teacher thinking about moving to a school on the Yorkshire Coast?

The Yorkshire Coast is a beautiful part of the world to live in and the options in your spare time are great. In terms of the schools, the communities are close-knit and the staff teams I have encountered are welcoming, professional and determined to drive up standards.

Lizzie Helmn

Lizzie has just started a new role in September 2019 at Eskdale School in Whitby, as the Teacher of Food and Textiles.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love my job because everyone shares the same vision and I work amongst a super-supportive team. The students are enthusiastic to learn and I find it very rewarding to inspire them.

What’s the best thing about the community that your school serves?

It is a close-knit community and the school has a reputation for supporting students. It is growing because of that. In my interview, I asked the student panel what they liked most about living in and around Whitby and many said the fish and chips! Food aside, the sense of community within the school and around it is strong and I appreciate being part of it.

What’s the best thing about living and / or working on the Yorkshire Coast?

The Yorkshire Coast is a beautiful place to work and could make even a bad day better. On my morning commute I admire the view from above the town of the Abbey and historic harbour. It feels as though this setting generates positivity in the students and staff. I’m very proud to work in Whitby and at Eskdale School.