Angela studied both her undergraduate degree and PGCE Secondary with Art course at the University of Reading. It was upon attending an open day that it really sunk in University of Reading was the University for her.
"Reading really did steal my heart, to the point that I now live here full time. I love University of Reading's London Road campus. Most art schools are separate from the university and I wanted to be more integrated into university life so the set up was perfect."
For Angela art was one of the most important disciplines a person could study. She said "The house we live in, the clothes we wear, and the phone we use, basically everything has a design and a concept behind it. If we don't think creatively we'll never have anything new. Art allows people to express themselves and take risks while also developing compassion and an open mind. These are amazing transferable skills to have."
During her PGCE Angela was given the opportunity to work with tutors, trainers and students from vast backgrounds. The workshops they developed helped inspire her to teach her students and continues to inform her practice today.
When speaking of her tutor Angela said:
"Mel Jay was the best tutor I could have asked for. She was there to advise me on both an academic and personal level. She went above and beyond for us as a group and she made studying the PGCE unforgettable."
Angela took part in placements at two schools during her PGCE. She found it highly beneficial to gain first-hand experience of teaching. The schools selected allowed her to deal with students from a variety of social backgrounds and allowed her to develop differentiation in a classroom environment.
When asked why she'd recommend this course she said: "The PGCE at University of Reading prepares you fully for life as a teacher. The classroom experience paired with pastoral support ignited my desire to teach."
Angela is now a full time teacher in an independent school in Ascot. She hopes to become a House Mistress and possibly a Head of Department one day.