Nikki Norris

Year 4 Form Tutor

Qualifications: BA Hons English and Performing Arts, PGCE Secondary Education, English

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

I was a secondary school teacher at Holy Trinity C of E School, in Crawley,  teaching both English and Drama from Year 7 to Year 13.  I then moved to Chichester High School for Boys as Head of KS3, teaching English to A Level and Drama to GCSE. From there, I gained promotion as Deputy Head of English at Chichester High School for Girls, teaching English and Drama from Year 7 to A Level. 

What qualities are important for a teacher?

Kindness, patience and a love for the subject. Children also need fun, at the appropriate time, obviously!!! 

What are the best ways to encourage and motivate children?

Letting children know they matter.  Showing kindness.  Enjoying the chit-chat of children.  Praise, praise, praise!

What other activities and roles do you get involved with at school?

Head of Wilsey Down

What do you think makes Oakwood special?

Beautiful grounds, a chance to be a child and a very dedicated team of teachers.

Who is someone who inspires you?

My lovely ma- her humility, kindness and patience has inspired the way I treat both children and adults. She always said that every type of behaviour has a consequence so make sure your behaviour is based on kindness, as you can make or break someone's day. 

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

 I love singing and am part of a choir. We perform regularly and apart from wearing an itchy, sequined scarf, the buzz I feel is wonderful. I love cooking and my pride and joy is my bright pink Kitchen Aid. I love  walking in the woods, visiting stately homes and castles, as one of favourite subjects at school was history. If I had a superpower, it would be to travel back in time and discover how people lived. 

What would you be if you weren’t a teacher?

I would be a midwife.