EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS and AWARDS

Certificate of Higher Education (Creative Writing)

University of Birmingham

Sept 2003
Master of Arts

University of Oxford

July 2001
NCTJ National Certificate in Newspaper Journalism
Winner of
Ted Bottomley Award for best newspaper practice section
June 2000
NCTJ 100 wpm shorthand July 1998
Third Prize in 1998 Young Financial Journalist of the Year
Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism Studies (print option) Centre for Journalism Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff. 1997 – 1998
Modern Languages BA Hons 2:1 (French and Linguistics) Trinity College, Oxford University. 1993 – 1997
5 A-levels grade A, 9 GCSEs all at grade A
Haybridge High School, Hagley.
1988 – 1993

OTHER WORK AND INTERESTS

Running/leading creative writing workshops for KS2 pupils at St Peter’s C.E.V.A. First School, Droitwich, from September 2010;

Running poetry workshops for pupils at St Peter’s C.E.V.A. First School, Droitwich, from February -July 2010;

Parent Voice (parent council) member at st Peter’s c.E.V.A. First School, Droitwich, from February 2009 and parent voice secretary from November 2009 to November 2010;

Classroom volunteer (year 1) at St Peter’s C.E.V.A. First School, Droitwich, from January 2009.
On St Peter’s C.E.V.A. First School, Droitwich, parent council working party December 2008/January 2009.

Effective Partnerships with Parents conference on October 8, 2008.

Marketing officer on St Peter’s Pre-School committee from June 2008.

Classroom volunteer (year 2) at St Peter’s C.E.V.A. First School, Droitwich, from February to July 2008.

St Peter’s Pre-School (Droitwich) committee member, in charge of producing newsletters and also press coverage from January 2006 to July 2007.

Editor of Worcester and Droitwich National Childbirth Trust newsletter Small Talk from January 2004 to November 2004.

The Church of England Diocese of Worcester Child Protection training session in November 2004.

St John Ambulance Lifesaver for Babies and Children in February 2004 and March 2003.
Volunteer work doing research for The ExtraCare Charitable Trust over the autumn of 2002.
Teaching Basic Skills course over the summer of 1999.

Clerical work for the Midland Examining Group (summers of 1997, 1996, 1995).

English assistant – teaching English to France for eight months (academic year 1995-1996).
Au-pairing in France – for an elderly lady (summer 1994).