Izzy AllerstonYear 3 Form Tutor
Qualifications: BA(Hons) Extreme Sports Management, PGCE (Primary specialism), Diploma in Special Education Needs (SEN)
What did you do before you came to teach at Oakwood?
I have coached sailing for many years in the UK and abroad before training to be a teacher. I worked at The Prebendal school for five years before moving to Oakwood.
What qualities are important for a teacher?
To be fun, encouraging and empathic. Understanding that all children learn differently and altering your teaching style to get the best out of every child. A sense of humour is also key!
What are the best ways to encourage and motivate children?
By making learning fun and guiding children in their learning experience. Develop an environment where the children are able to make mistakes and develop resilience to keep going. Lead, don't push!
As well as teaching, what other activities and roles do you get involved in at the school?
I am really interested in the pastoral care of all the children at Oakwood and am a trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and deliver sessions to pupils in our new Harmony Hut! This is a new initiative which is really exciting.
What do you think makes Oakwood special?
The Oakwood community is unlike any other school! I feel very fortunate to work in such an amazing team.
Tell us about someone or something that inspires you?
My parents. My mum was a teacher and SENDCo and she is the reason I became a teacher. I hope to be as inspiring as she is. She continues to amaze me! My dad was an Army officer and his resilience and drive is infectious.
The children always amaze me with their words of wisdom!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at school?
Anything that is outdoors, particularly on the water! I love sailing and spending time on my SUP exploring Chichester Harbour. I have become interested in gardening and enjoy walking my border terrier, Mabel.
What is one of your favourite Oakwood memories?
Watching my Year 5 class in the Christmas Panto. It brought a tear to my eye!
The Year 5 residential at Lodge Hill was a highlight even though I had very little sleep!
I have loved watching the Year 3’s independence grow throughout this year.
What is your favourite time of year at Oakwood?
Spring! I love taking the children for a walk in the woods to see the bluebells.