After doing my ‘A’ levels at the Gilberd School and getting my Grade 8 organ, I decided that music was going to be my career. I started an ‘A’ level course at the local college and followed this with a music degree. I was privileged to have some wonderful teachers; Eric Thiman for harmony, John Cooper and ‘Fred’ Harrison Oxley, the organist at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, for organ.
After leaving the Garrison Church I had a number of short-term organ positions in Colchester – mainly at churches that were being made redundant in the near future. These included St Leonard’s at the Hythe and St Mary Magdalene. I was then appointed as organist and choirmaster of St James the Great. I have recently returned to St James’ to help out during an interregnum.
Although I started my teaching career as a music teacher I soon found promotion in different areas. Firstly becoming a Head of Special Educational Needs and then Systems Manager and Head of ICT
In 2001 I moved tack again and joined the world of Pupil Referral Units, consolidating my experiences of SEN and ICT into one job. I was a committee and founder member of the National Organsiation for PRUs.
I retired from teaching in 2013 but remain passionate about education, especially in PRUs and Alternative Provision.