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Staff Testimonials

BET staff believe great grades are important – but are only part of the rounded education they offer. Students at BET will never be ‘spoon-fed’ just to do well in exams – rather, teachers encourage them to become independent individuals who challenge the status quo when the time is right.

BET is proud of its Trust Leadership team which sees phenomenally inspirational, experienced staff – including a Times Educational Supplement Award-shortlisted Maths Teacher of the Year 2017 – sharing best practice teaching methods and resources across BET schools.

Here’s what some of our staff have to say about working at BET:

Nina

Since joining BET in 2010 as an NQT in the science department at Bohunt School in Liphook, the support for my development as a professional has never stopped.

Given the hugely important role as a year 7 tutor in my first year, I soon realised that I wished to pursue my career in the direction of becoming a pastoral leader. It wasn’t long before the chance to apply for an achievement coordinator position arose. Opportunities that had been given to me along the way such as becoming the coordinator for student voice and becoming a silver Duke of Edinburgh trainer helped my application to be successful and in 2012 I became the proud achievement coordinator for George House.

Having a clear plan by this point of how I wished my career to progress, I was looking for ways to contribute to whole school initiatives. That chance arose when, in my capacity as staff governor, I was asked to be part of the team facing a panel whose job it was to decide on whether we would be successful in our bid to open a brand new Bohunt School in Worthing. Two years later in 2015, I found myself on the senior team in the capacity of Head of STEM Faculty at Bohunt School Worthing.

My time in Worthing gave me invaluable lessons about not just leading subject teams but also setting up a brand new school from scratch. Each week brought with it new challenges and decisions about the way in which we wanted the school to grow. It was a chance to shape the culture not only of our school, but to change the education landscape for a whole town. Oversubscribed in only its second year, it was a tough decision to move on from Bohunt Worthing, where I would also be leaving behind a little part of me.

At the start of 2017 once again BET provided me with a golden opportunity: the chance to apply for an Assistant Head Teacher position in yet another new Bohunt school, this time in Wokingham. A rigorous two-day selection process meant I was really put through my paces against tough opposition looking to move into the trust. It is with great pride that I write this testimonial as the AHT Well-being in another inspiring BET school.

I would recommend BET to any teacher who has high aspirations not only for their students but for their own careers. With six schools to choose from and still growing the opportunities are there for the ambitious.

Nina Kyprianidis – AHT, Well-being, Bohunt Wokingham

rebeccaI had very nearly lost faith in teaching when a friend mentioned to me that a job opportunity was available at Bohunt School, Liphook. From the moment I first visited, touring the school and meeting students and staff in the Expressive Arts department, I knew it was the right job for me, to rediscover my lost love of the vocation. At interview, everybody was so warm and welcoming; meeting the Leadership Group and other staff it was a welcome surprise to find them to be not only hard-working and conscientious, but also approachable, passionate and filled with drive to achieve the very best for the students at Bohunt School. I became even more determined to become part of the team.

During my five years at Bohunt School, I have been privileged to benefit from excellent CPD and leadership development programmes which supported my progress from Head of Faculty to Assistant Head teacher, and Director of TESLA Teaching School Alliance. In this role, I participate in recruitment and staff development for new schools within the Trust: building on the CPD and Leadership development opportunities from which I personally benefitted so much. I have also enjoyed the pleasure of leading our ITT and NQT programmes for BET and TESLA Teaching School Alliance partners for the last 3 years, supporting new entrants into the teaching profession.

Rebecca Clark – Assistant Head and Director of TESLA Teaching School Alliance, Bohunt School

BET leadership have been endlessly supportive of my journey, giving chances for personal growth as well as guidance and care; I can honestly say I love my job and look forward to coming to work every day! I am always proud to tell people that I work at Bohunt School, and am excited to see where our growth and collaboration as a Trust takes us next.

Starting at Bohunt has been a true inspiration. It has been a rare opportunity to be part of a new school and feel that I have had the opportunity to make an impact on the development of the ethos and culture of the STEM department. I have been lucky to be able to develop a more dynamic 21st century curriculum, where all ideas are a possibility. The school is keen to support me through CPD to develop my teaching and subject knowledge in order to become a better teacher in my subject specialism. I am extremely happy and coming into work is filled with excitement and opportunity. The students are engaged and want to learn, enjoying the opportunities that the school has to offer.

Bohunt School Wokingham teacher

‘Once I saw the advert I knew that I wanted the job. I turned down another interview in order to get this position. I like working here because I have an influence on the development of the department and the school which is something I really cherish, despite not thinking I was that sort of person.

Everyone is really friendly and welcoming and I have never felt so valued in a job before. As an NQT at Bohunt School Worthing, I was immediately open to more opportunities as the school grew. I was supported throughout my NQT year by all the staff.’

Bohunt School Worthing teacher – NQT in 2015/16