17 July 2019

Priory will say goodbye to Assistant Head Teacher & Head of Science, Ms Young, after nearly 20 years in the science department.

Ms Young came to Priory in 2001 after firstly being at Highfield in Blackpool and then Head of Science at Tulketh.  The Headteacher at the time, Mr Young, gave Ms Young the role of Head of Science and she says she has loved every minute of it.

“It’s been fantastic. It’s strange to think that my first tutor group in 1987 will now be in their 50s! I think the best thing has been seeing the careers former students have gone onto, seeing the lives they have had. I bump into many, I saw a student who has become a successful plumber the other day, and it’s great to catch up. It’s also been rewarding seeing trainee teachers’ progress, one ended up as my son’s Head of Year.

“The ethos of Priory has remained the same in those 20 years, it’s always been a caring school and there has always been the drive to be more academic. 

“Teaching has changed massively though. We were in the old science labs, which dated back to the 1950s, when I started and I was standing in front of a class. Now we have the Nucleus, we have whiteboards and it’s a lot more about participating and being active in class, which is what is needed for 21st century students.”

Ms Young says one of the highlights was overseeing student Jamie Edwards as he became the youngest person in the world age 13 to create nuclear fusion in school.

“Writing the risk assessment for that was interesting! We had to go to Manchester for high voltage training and that was an eye-opener. That was a memorable part of being here.