Emily DarleyEmily

“… teachers who fought my corner and really believed in me, even when I was not being very easy! They supported me and helped me to see my potential.”

Emily Darley, class of 2013, following three years at Drama School, Emily is now in her third year as a teacher.

How do you feel SGS helped to shape the person you are today?

There were a couple of teachers who fought my corner and really believed in me, even when I was not being very easy! They supported me and helped me to see my potential.

What was your experience at SGS like?

Peculiar! I went through a period of time not wanting to do any work and being a bit of a nightmare! Luckily I turned it around in sixth form and knuckled down and they were my favourite years of school! I loved being in Les Mis and finally finding my feet.

Were there any teachers who inspired you or made a particular impression on you?

Mr Thomas was the best teacher I’ve ever had. He was so passionate about his subject and I often think about the impact he had on me and how I can have a similar impact on the children I teach. Miss Shaughnessy was always very kind to me and my now fiancé, Oliver Van der Linden. We often talk about how much we valued her support.

What did you do after SGS?

I went to drama school in Liverpool and had an amazing three years. I performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and had a blast. I then moved to Manchester for a while before finally biting the bullet to do my teacher training. I then moved up to Middlesbrough and now live in Hull about to start my third year of teaching.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

I have taught in some really challenging schools where children are disadvantaged and I have had to battle with some extreme behaviour challenges. Whilst I have grown lots of grey hairs and have found it really tough, being able to make an impact on these children makes my job amazing.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to follow a similar path to you?

Teaching is really hard. Make sure you have someone you can offload to but start each day afresh. Oh, and wear your hair up! I’ve seen more nits than I’ve had hot dinners!

What are your ambitions for the future?

I hope to one day follow in my Dad’s footsteps and become a headteacher!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I’m really boring! I love to see friends, go away, sew, read. I’ve essentially become an old person at the ripe old age of 25! I’m busy wedding planning at the moment!