Stephanie Aldridge

Designated Safeguarding Lead

From a very young age, I have always aspired to be a teacher. Reflecting back on my youth, I came to the conclusion that having inspirational Physical Educators was the catalyst in helping me to decide what I wanted to do as a career. For me, they were not just a ‘PE Teacher’ but my role models too both academically and pastorally. My ultimate aim was to one day qualify and work alongside these exceptional professionals; a dream that has been realised.

Growing up, I trained as a dancer in all dance forms and played at both county and national level in Netball, representing Merseyside. My love for these particular sports continues to be one of my strengths. I have worked with the Youth Sport Trust to develop dance education and, within this capacity, formed part of a specialist dance network to improve dance at primary level whilst supporting transition of this skill into Secondary education. Furthermore, I have also consulted in dance for Sports Partnerships, which required me to train teachers in dance education. I continue to play Netball and also coach adult teams in Liverpool.

My route into teaching has not been a traditional route and has been influenced by prior experience in the world of work. At 19 years old, I became a PE technician in a specialist sports college as well as undertaking the role of cover supervisor with responsibilities over Dance education. From this, I continued to develop to qualify as a specialist in Physical Education, gaining a BA 2:1 classification and qualifying with outstanding status towards QTS on a prestigious Graduate Teacher Training programme.

One of my main qualities is the passion I show towards students’ health and wellbeing. Within my role as House Leader at King’s, I aim to fulfil this with every child. I believe that if a child has good health and emotional wellbeing they will strive to achieve great things. Indeed, this is why I feel privileged to be House Leader at King’s because, for me, developing students character, resilience and self esteem is paramount in order to aspire to make their dreams become reality.

Working at King’s is a dream for me. I feel very privileged to work with exceptional, professional staff and to teach and support students who have strong aspirations, values and character!