BSc (Hons), University of Nottingham
PGCE, University of Nottingham
As Head of Head of Biology, Helen is responsible for ensuring the department delivers the requirements of the GCSE and AS/A Level curriculum.
The aim of the department is to develop interest, enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge in our students for Biology. With three purpose built laboratories, a prep room and access to other shared lab space, this popular subject is well served with dedicated facilities and staff.
Helen overseas the work of a committed team including two other full time Biology teachers and a full time Technician.
The Biology Department provides a number of opportunities for students to get a “hands on” experience of the subject, including a Medical Society where visiting specialists talk to students about their area of research and work.
The Department also has close links with a number of NHS Hospitals and Clinical Departments including the New Cross Haematology Department where Lower Sixth students are invited to visit and meet staff to learn more about work in a clinical setting.
Biology Graduates have gone on to careers in teaching and academia as well as successful clinical careers in Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy.
Helen’s research interests include developments in Breast Cancer research and other medical advances around genetics (in particular human genetics).
As Head of the Biology Department, Helen has a particular interest in how students access information about the subject remotely. She is keen to develop ideas around visual and kinaesthetic learning.
Helen also supports after-school clubs including Homework Club.
Helen is also a keen sportswoman and leads activities including Girls Rounders during the Summer term and enjoys running with two of the lab technicians.
Helen has been at Wolverhampton Grammar School teaching full time since September 1998. Prior to this she did some temporary teaching part time.
“I was very fortunate to be able to look after my two children as a full time mother when they were young. Before I had my children I taught for almost three years at St Edmund Campion school in Erdington.”
“I love the opportunity Wolverhampton Grammar School gives me to try new ideas and approaches to teaching. I enjoy producing personalised and individual teaching resources and working with students to help develop their interests.”
” I think it is wonderful that our past students return to school events or just pop in and see us, they remember their school days with affection.”
Helen enjoys reading, watching cricket, running, gardening and walking. She is also an active member of St Joseph’s Church.