Leah Finds The Right Route

Wed, 01/11/2000 - 00:00

Leah Turner, who is 19 and lives in Peterlee, is on course to fulfil her career ambitions thanks to taking a Modern Apprenticeship.

After leaving Shotton Hall School Leah went to Durham 6th Form, but after a year felt that the traditional A level route was not for her.

Leah explains: “I had originally thought I wanted to do A Levels and a degree, ultimately training to become a dentist, but I realised seven plus years of study was not for me.

“Whist I was at 6th Form I volunteered at Gilesgate Primary in Durham, helping out with the children that had special educational needs. I then knew I wanted to work with children.

“I wanted to start working, get some hands on experience, but still get some qualifications and a friend suggested trying an Apprenticeship.”

So Leah started on a Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning with East Durham College and they found her employment as part of the Apprenticeship at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Murton.

Carolyn Tempest, a Tutor and Placement Officer in the Work Based Learning Team at the College, said: “Leah has done fantastic and achieved her Level 2 Apprenticeship ahead of time and progressed on to the Advanced Apprenticeship.

“She has proven herself to be a real asset to the St Joseph’s, now supporting teaching staff throughout the school, working with groups of children across Key Stages 1 and 2. She has also taken on a one-to-one supporting role for a child with additional needs.”

St Joseph’s Teacher Catherine Farrell added: “Leah’s passion for helping children learn and develop is evident and can be seen in the strong and positive relationships she has made with the children and staff throughout the school community.

“Her professionalism and attention to detail has been pivotal to her work being recognised around the school and to her increased responsibilities.

“Leah’s ability to support and promote children’s learning is an absolute asset to the school, and of course the families we serve.”

Leah now intends to progress on to the Foundation Degree in Education and Care in order to build upon her rapidly developing knowledge and skills.

Leah said: “My long term goal is to become a primary school teacher, a role in which I believe I can flourish. The Apprenticeship has been a great route for me to make massive steps towards achieving this dream.”