Hello, my name is Maggie Wilmot, and I am currently a Teaching Assistant of 18 years at Ark Oval Primary Academy. As a former pupil of the school, I have had a very long association with Oval and have witnessed many changes.
I have 2 children, both of whom attended this school, received a good education and had lots of fun in the process. Both, have fond memories of their time here and have fostered lifelong friendships.
Once my youngest child started in reception, I decided to secure a term time only job. At first, I volunteered (to ascertain that I could actually work with children on a daily basis), then applied for a part-time position when one came up. After about a year, I took on a full-time role, knowing that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my career. I absolutely love working with children, seeing them grow and develop into responsible young people! My previous jobs included: waitress, shop assistant, deportation officer and BT manager. Not one of these jobs were as rewarding or satisfying as assisting children with their learning. The holidays are a definite bonus too!
One of the main reasons I love working at Ark Oval is because of its diversity and the brilliant staff. We all feel part of a team and help each other out. The school is in a deprived area and many of our pupils do not have the range of options open to other, more affluent localities. I am committed to providing all our students with the best possible start in life.
I feel that having an alumni is important because it will offer networking opportunities, not only for the school, but also to connect former pupils with established professionals, helping them to pursue career changes. Further, we hope to encourage our current cohort to reach for their goals and secure their futures. Everyone deserves the best chance to succeed in life.
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