Lucy Strong

Operations Manager

Qualifications: BA Hons Risk Management, PGCE Primary Education with Modern Foreign Languages

What did you do before you came to teach at Oakwood? 

Lots!!  I taught internationally in Australia at Ballarat Clarendon College and at Brighton College in Abu Dhabi.  More locally, I taught at The Glasgow Academy and Westbourne House in Chichester.

Prior to becoming a teacher, I completed seven summer and winter seasons in the French Alps as well as working for Arthur Anderson and RBS in London as an IT Risk Consultant.

What qualities are important for a teacher?

It’s a great feeling being able to inspire a love of learning in children by facilitating their learning and discovery process.  It’s an even better feeling when they demonstrate their understanding of the material you delivered through your lessons when they can provide practical examples or answers to your questions!  Through effective communication a teacher can build a rapport with a child that assists in developing secure and happy learning environment for a child.  A teacher needs to be able to listen, empathise and motivate all children.

What are the best ways to encourage and motivate children?

Engage with them and create a positive attitude to school and learning.

As well as teaching, what other activities and roles do you get involved in at the school?

Everything!  I work with the Kitchen team, Maintenance team, IT and Office staff on many different, exciting and varied projects!

What do you think makes Oakwood special?

Pupils, Parents and Staff.  Each brings a unique quality and gift that shines through in everything the school does.

Tell us about someone or something that inspires you?

My Dad.  He is an amazing, kind and supportive role model who helps me to achieve my dreams or goals, always encouraging me to be successful in everything I do.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at school?

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.  I like visiting new countries and exploring different cultures.

What is one of your favourite Oakwood memories?

Listening to Charlie Tarrant singing with Mrs Oldman in the 2021 School Christmas concert – Wow! What an amazing voice he has, I was so moved by how beautiful it sounded! 

What is your favourite time of year at Oakwood?

I love the Summer term!  The weather is sunnier; the nights get lighter and longer every day; the daffodils are in bloom and all along the driveway the grounds are bursting with beautiful bluebells!