Meet our teachers

Our experienced teachers hail from a range of different backgrounds, and with powerful knowledge of their subject areas combined with fantastic enthusiasm for teaching, they’re committed to helping you achieve your potential at The Bedford Sixth Form.

Meet the teachers

Teacher profiles


Carole Baber - Biology Teacher

Carole

BSc Exeter University, PhD Leicester University, PGCE University of Bedfordshire


What roles did you have prior to working at the Bedford Sixth Form?
I previously taught Biology at Huntingdonshire Regional College; prior to my teaching career I worked as a marketing product manager at Beecham, and as an advertising planner at Saatchi & Saatchi.

What inspired you to pursue a career in teaching your particular subject?
I have always loved my subject, and wanted to put something back into society. I enjoy the challenge of inspiring all sorts of people to learn and to love biology.

What are your specialist areas of interest and expertise?
My main area of interest is in Cytology – the study of cells. During my PhD I carried out research into single-cell parasites in locusts, investigating organisms at a cellular level through high-powered magnification techniques. My work on this has subsequently appeared in published papers, and cited in the works of others.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Capturing people’s interest and firing their desire to learn. Being able to engage students with biology, share in their enthusiasm and be part of their day-to-day successes is extremely rewarding.

What has been your favourite experience in your teaching career so far?
Being part of this new adventure at The Bedford Sixth Form has been a rewarding experience so far; the building of relationships between both staff and students has been great to see.

What is it like to work at The Bedford Sixth Form?
Being part of a successful team and working environment makes my job extremely satisfying: I love the people I work with, and there is always a lot to look forward to every single day. The facilities here are great: I have my own personal classroom laboratory, which is very well-equipped, making it a perfect environment for me to carry out my lessons in the way I want.

Pauline Kendall - Assistant Head

Pauline KendallBA Social Sciences, University of Exeter
PGCE, University of York


Assistant Principal Examiner for AQA A-Level Sociology

What roles did you have prior to working at the Bedford Sixth Form?
I have had a wide range of teaching experiences and responsibilities, including teaching at a Quaker boarding school, lecturing at a university, working in a community college and working as a manager in sixth form colleges. My focus has therefore always been on 16+ education.

What inspired you to pursue a career in teaching your particular subject?
I have always loved teaching – the pleasure of watching students taking their educational journey and being a part of it is as exciting to me now as it was when I started teaching (a long time ago!)

What are your specialist areas of interest and expertise?
My specialism is at A-Level in two subjects – Sociology and Government & Politics. In the latter my specialism is EU politics – always a controversial subject but great to teach.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I love A-Level Results Day in August: knowing that students have worked hard all year, responded to encouragement and advice, and then they get the grades which they need to move onto the next stage of their careers. It’s wonderful!

What has been your favourite experience in your teaching career so far?
I was running a course for teachers of Sociology a few years ago and suddenly realised that two of the teachers at the back were ex-students of mine! I also know that several local Sociology teachers took their A-Levels with me – it's a great joy to know that I have passed my enthusiasm on to them.

What is it like to work at The Bedford Sixth Form?
Creating something new in The Bedford Sixth Form has been very hard work but it has been lovely to be developing something new in such a lovely building. I work with lovely colleagues and enthusiastic students.

Nicola Mansell - A2 Course Manager and Art & Design/Graphic Communication Teacher

Nikki

BA Graphic Design for Print and New Media, University of Bedfordshire
PGCE, University of Bedfordshire


What roles did you have prior to working at the Bedford Sixth Form?
I have a great deal of teaching experience, having worked at the South Bank Arts Centre (Bedford College), where I taught Art & Design at a range of levels. I have also taught Art & Design Levels 1 and 2 at Dunstable College.





What inspired you to pursue a career in teaching your particular subject?
A teacher who was studying on my degree course saw how I supported the other students and enjoyed helping others to understand, and suggested I look into a career as a teacher.

What are your specialist areas of interest and expertise?
I have a lot of experience and knowledge related to graphic design and illustration, as well as the use of Adobe Creative Suite.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I enjoy being in an environment where students are engaged and the creative ideas are flowing. I get a lot of satisfaction out of facilitating their ideas and realising their final outcomes.

What has been your favourite experience in your teaching career so far?
Attending the graduation ceremony for Access students – seeing my tutorial group graduate was a very proud moment.

What is it like to work at The Bedford Sixth Form?
Working here is a truly amazing experience; it’s a great place to be for both staff and students. My working environment speaks for itself: the art rooms are stunning, with great facilities that make for a great atmosphere for me to work in and my students to learn in.

Mark Willis - English Teacher

Mark

BA, Anglia Ruskin University
MA, University of Sussex
PhD, London
PGCE, De Montfort University


What roles did you have prior to working at the Bedford Sixth Form?
I have worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Westminster, Birkbeck College and North Hertfordshire College. I have also worked as a project worker at Look Ahead Housing and Care.

What inspired you to pursue a career in teaching your particular subject?
I simply have a love of literature, enjoy seeing enthusiasm in my students, and have a passion for using my knowledge and expertise to help others.

What are your specialist areas of interest and expertise?
I hold a particular interest, and have research experience in, 19th and 20th Century Literature.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I enjoy seeing students really engaging with the subject being taught, and seeing them having passion and pride in their work.

What has been your favourite experience in your teaching career so far?
Any time I see a student who has previously been lacking confidence blossoms and goes on to achieve great results.

What is it like to work at The Bedford Sixth Form?
I enjoy the challenge of working here: it’s never the same day twice, and there is always something new and different to do. There is a strong sense of staff supporting each other, and teaching such engaged and ambitious students makes the Sixth Form a great place to learn.
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