New Deputy Head for Cumnor House School, Girls

Cumnor House Welcomes Ms Laura Threadgold

Cumnor House School for Girls is delighted to welcome Miss Laura Threadgold as our new Deputy Headmistress from April 2018. Here we find out a little more about our new Deputy Head.

Tell us about yourself.

I began my teaching career in Cheshire, where I am from, after graduating from the University of Chester. After a few years, I embarked upon a new adventure and travelled to Dubai, UAE to continue my journey in education. This was an incredible experience which provided me with endless learning opportunities. After 4 years in the Middle East, I decided to come home and settle in London. Since my return, I have been working as Head of Year at a junior school in Dulwich.

Who is your role model and why?

My mother is the most powerful role model in my life. She has an incredible way of balancing every aspect of her life and motivates me to always be the best version of myself. From a young age, my mother has instilled in me many core values, which i live my life by today: honesty, respect, integrity and loyalty.

How did you first get involved in teaching?

From a young age, I was inspired by the teachers who taught me. I wanted to be like them as I saw how rewarding and enjoyable they found the job. I always remember my Year 6 teacher making chocolate biscuits with us as part of our Maths and English learning – it was the best lesson ever! After finishing my A-Levels, there was only one option for me; to pursue a degree in education. I wanted to be the one to inspire others, to uncover talents and help my pupils find out who they really are.

What is your first impression of Cumnor House School?

My initial impressions are that the school really has the girls at its heart. Everyone is respected, valued and celebrated. Uniqueness and individuality are embraced and all the girls have the opportunity to pursue their goals and reach their potential.

What’s been your greatest educational experience?

In 2013, when working in Dubai, I was chosen to be part of a visit to rural Uganda to train teachers. It was probably one of the most rewarding experiences of my life so far. Working with children and teachers from a completely different way of life, was rewarding and challenging. Being able to see the impact of our presence in such a short space of time was incredibly gratifying.

What would you say are some of your strongest beliefs about education?

I believe that learning should be an enjoyable process where mistakes are encouraged, celebrated and learnt from. Children learn differently from each other, they enjoy different things and have different strengths and weaknesses. I think all children deserve to achieve their potential, regardless of their starting point and that as professionals, we should have high expectations for all children.

What makes a ‘good day’ at school?

A ‘good day’ at school is one where the children are happy, have experienced success in their learning and leave knowing where they are heading next.

If you could take the students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, where would you take them?

I would take the children either on safari in South Africa or to trek along the Inca Trail. Both of these would be incredible, once in a life time experiences, rich in both learning and fun!

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?

‘Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.’ Dr Seuss