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Nick Bentley

PGCE student → Drama NQT → Lead Practitioner Teaching, Learning & Assesment 

Sarah Bonnell School has supported my professional development and growth from my PGCE through until my current year of teaching. The programme for PGCE student teachers and Newly Qualified Teachers was excellent and resulted in developing my understanding in a whole range of teaching areas including high quality planning, differentiation for learners with SEND and EAL, and collaborative activities. I have really valued the way in which the school places a huge emphasis on the importance of teachers’ development through regular Teaching and Learning briefings, coaching sessions and mini-bites where staff share best practice, in addition to really interesting training from external providers. This has encouraged me to continually reflect on and improve my own practice, enabling me to take on new responsibilities in the Access and Inclusion Curriculum Area. By supporting my Masters in Teaching at the UCL Institute of Education, a university we have strong links with, the school has allowed me to meaningfully develop my teaching and my students’ learning, and grow in confidence professionally.


Mark Rudland

Curriculum Leader for Expressive → Future Leaders → Assistant Headteacher

The CPD at Sarah Bonnell has without doubt been the best professional development I have ever received in a school. The bespoke and coaching nature of the programme allows you to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses in order to improve your practice. I have been supported through middle leadership into senior leadership and I still very much value the training sessions and developing further as an effective classroom practitioner.


Karen Boughton

Teach First → Maths NQT→ Curriculum Leader for Maths → MSc & Teaching Leaders

The teaching and learning team at Sarah Bonnell have supported me through my development at the school, from beginning the Teach First programme to my current role. The high quality CPD offered on a weekly basis covers such a wide range of areas including developing pedagogical knowledge to behaviour management, and this has allowed me to grow in confidence as I continue to develop term by term.  The school regards staff CPD as highly important and this is evident through the regular opportunities provided to both reflect on your own practice, and collaborate with others from within your subject area but also across other subjects and experience levels. Furthermore, Sarah Bonnell continues to support me in completing my Masters degree in Educational Leadership and with my involvement on the Teaching Leaders Fellow programme which allow me to further my impact on students as well as developing myself as a high quality teacher and leader.


Sam Walsh

Teach First → English NQT → Progress Leader Year 7

Quality first teaching is the bedrock for any practitioner in order to establish positive relationships with students and other stake-holders. Through regular CPD-opportunities here at SB, I’ve been able to remain confident and energetic in my approach to pedagogy, allowing me to expand my influence in to a position of middle leadership, as Progress Leader for Year 8. Relationships are crucial to success in teaching and these relationships are formed in the classroom. It is only once these positive experiences occur, that I feel there is the possibility to progress. Regular CPD opportunities have enabled me to remain focussed on our students, their learning and their progress thereby permitting me scope to develop professionally, with this as a core tenant of any driving vision going forward.


Yamina Bibi

Lead Practitioner English

CPD at Sarah Bonnell is focused on developing all practitioners and catering to their needs. As a Lead Practitioner (LP), I have been given the opportunity to attend and deliver a range of CPD sessions to develop my leadership skills. In addition, as a result of the funding and support of the school, I am in the process of becoming an accredited SSAT Lead Practitioner, alongside the team of LPs across the school. The tailored programme is developing me to reflect on my own teaching and learning, as well as the impact I am having on others.

The CPD programme has also allowed me to make links with neighbouring schools; through cross-area and cross-phase initiatives, I am currently working with colleagues in other schools to develop my understanding of pedagogical approaches of teaching Literacy. 

To the credit of the CPD programme at Sarah Bonnell school, I now feel confident in my new role as a Lead Practitioner.


Rebecca Griffiths

PGCE student → Drama NQT → Drama Curriculum Leader

The rich CPD programme at Sarah Bonnell consistently inspires me to better my teaching practice. Twilight CPD and Teaching and Learning briefings enable staff to continue to build their skill-set but also motivate and energise the team so that we are always challenged. The strong presence of Action Research at Sarah Bonnell is an excellent tool for staff to develop as reflective practitioners, always striving to engage with the latest teaching and learning research which, in-turn, ignites a love for learning in ours students.


Imogen Krell

Teach First Maths → Year 8 Progress Leader (joint)

Beginning my teaching career at Sarah Bonnell through the Teach First programme has been hugely valuable given the ample opportunities for CPD which has increased my confidence and pedagogy as a classroom practitioner. There have been a wide variety of sessions including backwards planning, differentiation, assessment for learning, and data handling. In addition to the breadth of CPD, there is a strong collaborative nature here at Sarah Bonnell, with departments frequently sharing best practice and teachers opening their classroom doors for anyone to observe and learn. Being able to experience lessons and some amazing practice in different departments has aided my progress over the last year. Moreover, Sarah Bonnell continues to support my development as a progress leader for Year 8. Although inexperienced, I feel that I have a strong and supportive team around me including my subject mentor, professional mentor, and the Year team. There is always someone to turn to for advice and everyone is happy to contribute. I think it is this collaborative atmosphere that makes working at Sarah Bonnell so positive.


Farida Yasmin

NQT → Curriculum Leader RE

Sarah Bonnell School has continuously supported me and has always encouraged me to challenge myself as a reflective teaching and learning practitioner. The CPD programme and T&L TeachMeets enables staff to further develop themselves, not only as a classroom teacher, but to pursue their own professional development too. There are many opportunities provided for all to collaborate with other members of staff, from other departments and from different fields of expertise. This has helped me grow and has had an effective impact on my own teaching and learning practice. All colleagues are very supportive; constantly motivating and encouraging each other to be the best that you can be. The positive relationships built between students and teachers is a real testimony to the values and ethos of Sarah Bonnell, where both students and staff work together to achieve their absolute best.