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Name: Sophie Naylor
Years Attended: 2008 – 2010
Currently: Head of Department for Performance, Sport & Health
Subjects Studied at Cardinal Newman: A-Levels in PE, Dance and Maths alongside Netball Academy
Back in 2008 Sophie Naylor started at Cardinal Newman, studying A-Levels in PE, Dance and Maths. Fast forward 12 years, and she is now a successful Head of Department at Lancashire’s only non-selective, non-fee paying girls school. We caught up with her to find out more about her life as Head of Performance, Sport and Health.
I am currently Head of Performance, Sport and Health at Penwortham Girls’ High School.
On a daily basis, I teach KS3 and KS4 PE, GCSE Dance and GCSE PE. I also run lunch time and after school extra-curricular activities as well as taking students to fixtures and competitions. Within my working week, I also attend meetings and spend time planning and implementing ways in which I can improve the Physical Education provision at Penwortham Girls’ High School.
The best part of my job is seeing the progress my students make within each lesson or club session over the time they spend at PGHS. I also love running extra-curricular clubs and organising fixtures and competitions for our students to take part in.
Time management and prioritising certain tasks is the hardest part of being a teacher. Work as a teacher is never complete, you need to learn to use your time effectively and prioritise the completion of tasks.
Make the most of everything that Cardinal Newman College offers you and keep working hard to achieve your ambition as you progress onto the next stage of your life.