Staff Profiles

Mrs Outaleb - Teacher of MFL

What made you want to apply to the school?

When the opportunity to work at Cokethorpe presented itself, I was immediately interested and so started my research. I could not be but struck by the spectacular beauty of the buildings and grounds of course, but what really mattered to me was the ethos of the place. I was therefore pleased to read that compassion and independence of thought were values that the school sought to develop. 

What were your first impressions when you arrived at the school ?

What struck me the most when I arrived at the school on my interview day and was confirmed later was the obviously friendly relationship between adults and students. From some lesson observations, it was evident that enjoyment was an important part of teaching and learning. 

What is the best thing about working at Cokethorpe?

If I have to pick one thing only, it will have to be the pupils – it is incredibly easy to develop an enjoyable relationship with them, one in which there is room for laughter, care, learning and discipline.

 

Mr Uglow - Director of Studies and Teacher of History

I like the fact that Cokethorpe is a day school with an ethos that is committed to developing a fully rounded education. The fact that it is situated in such a beautiful part of the world, so close to Oxford but away from the traffic, is an added bonus!

What were your first impressions when you arrived at the school?

After working at Cokethorpe for a couple of years, I was struck by how open the Common Room was to embracing new ideas and thinking creatively about the way in which they approach their teaching. Everyone here cares deeply about what they do, and support one another in always looking for ways to improve.

What is the best thing about working at Cokethorpe?

The best thing about Cokethorpe is the fact that people with good ideas and a drive to initiate them are supported and encouraged. It is not a school that is set in its ways or afraid of trying new approaches.

 

Mr Joiner - Teacher of Geography

What made you want to apply to the school?

When I went on the website and saw the pictures of the school I thought I would struggle to find a better environment to work in.

What were your first impressions when you arrived at the school?

The sheer number of activities and sports that were offered to the students allowed me to get fully involved in school life from day one. It really helped me to form positive relationships with the students that I taught which could then be transferred into the classroom.

What is the best thing about working at Cokethorpe?

The best thing about Cokethorpe is the Common Room, personally I don’t think I have ever worked amongst a more friendly or supportive group of people.