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Mrs J Mills

After attending Queen Mary’s School for girls in Lytham St. Annes,   I went on to take a Foundation Course in Art at Blackpool College – I was lucky enough to get a place at Manchester Polytechnic and after three wonderful years I qualified with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design.

I then ran my own business designing and making Tiffany style stained glass lamps. I struggled to make a living and found this time of my life quite a challenge. I now firmly believe that ‘making and craft’ should be kept for enjoyment only!!

Following the birth of my daughter (lucky enough, at the time, to be a’ stay-at-home’ mum) I began studying with the Open University. I took the Science Foundation Course and went to Macclesfield College (evening classes) to take chemistry A level. I studied for 4 years enjoying every minute of an indulgent, interest- led, self- motivated program which graduated through, from my hobby – geology, to earth sciences and environmental studies – to several courses in child development and education. I achieved 240 Cat points – with much enjoyment but ‘brain ache’ on the way. At this point in my life I began to be very interested in how children learn and as my daughter grew through school I began to volunteer in class and immerse myself in the PTA at her school.

This led me to apply to do a PGCE – I was accepted by Sheffield Hallam and began my teaching career. My final placement was at Chapel-en-le- Frith Primary School and as my placement came to an end I was happy to be able to apply for a post on the staff as an Early Years teacher.

I began teaching in what used to be called the Red Room( the middle room in Early Years) – and I have had a wonderful few years (don’t like to think how many) teaching throughout the Key Stages. I love being a class teacher and find it such a privilege and joy.