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Andrew Bloss, Head of KS3 History
Andrew began his career journey working as a journalist and volunteering with a youth charity, where he was inspired to make a difference to young adults lives and empower them to achieve their goals.
Arriving at La Retraite 6 years ago in 2014 during his PGCE placement year, Andrew has quickly progressed to Head of KS3 History, where he has the opportunity to shape the History curriculum to ensure it is rigorous, challenging, and diverse for every student. Praising the school for supporting him in continuously improving his craft as a teacher, he looks forward to expanding his skill set as a teacher with the support of senior leaders as he begins training as a SENCO, to further his positive impact on the school community.
"When I first began working at La Retraite, I was struck by the high level of both challenge and care that extends to not only the students, but also staff. The school environment maintains a culture of growth which encourages staff and students to flourish and take advantage of CPD opportunities and progression prospects. For me, my career is made worthwhile by seeing students’ characters grow and develop and fostering a community which challenges every student achieve both academically and personally."
Naiomi Tamakloe, Year 8 Learning Coordinator & Associate Assistant Headteacher
"As a member of the La Retraite Legacy – a member of the school alumni – myself, I was keen to come back and share with current students the school experience I had myself. With a passion for mentoring and a love for my subject, science, I pride the school on equipping me with the knowledge, training, and expertise to deliver the highest standard of education for every student in my care.
What makes my role rewarding is the opportunity to have both academic and pastoral responsibilities, offering a unique perspective of the school. I witness how the support we offer every student benefits them and the impacts it has on their personal and academic growth and for me this is incredibly fulfilling. Our girls love their school experience as they are engaged, respected and cared about, and this is a direct result of our approachable and visionary senior leadership team."
Madeleine Love, Admissions, Scholarship and Transition Officer
"I joined La Retraite on a temporary basis to support with covering the administration team following graduation from University with a science-based degree. It became clear within my placement that not only the professional or academic development of staff and students are valued, but the wellbeing too – without hesitation I accepted a permanent position at the school.
Every student is consistently encouraged and pushed to achieve their potential, with a host of opportunities beyond the classroom offered to increase their cultural capital, enhance their CVs and applications, and provide valuable experiences to support their progression to further education and careers. I have found this to be replicated in my own experience at the school: I have been given numerous opportunities to grow, develop and take on more responsibilities. I have progressed from Reception support to taking on responsibilities related to marketing, Scholarships, admissions, and data support, and now in my current role: Admissions, Scholarship and Transition Officer.
I look forward to further developing my established skill-set whilst working at La Retraite and acquiring more invaluable knowledge to support the development of the school and my own understanding of data and analysis within a school setting."