Jen Cruickshank

Director of KS4

Miss Cruickshank is originally from Kent and has experience in teaching in both the private and state sector. After returning from a gap year teaching in Sydney, Australia, she began her undergraduate degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. She studied BSc Exercise and Sport Science where she specialised in Sports Injury and Biomechanics. From here, she went on to study a PGCE in Physical Education at Liverpool John Moores University.

Her teaching career began at Queens College, an “Outstanding” all girls private school in Central London, where she taught Physical Education and Dance. She moved on to St Anselm’s Catholic School in Kent, at a key part of its journey from ‘Very Good’ to ‘Outstanding’. She was Second in Change of PE and in charge of all examination PE. During her time at St Anselm’s Catholic School, she was also the Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator and PSHE Lead for Years 7-13. In 2016, she took on further responsibility as Head of Performing Arts, before leaving in July 2018.

In August 2018, Miss Cruickshank joined GEMS FirstPoint School as Director of Creative Arts, on the Senior Leadership Team. This year, she has taken over the Subject Line Management of Physical Education and Science. She has previously been the Director of Key Stage 5 and responsible for the curriculum and wellbeing of all our students in Year 12 and 13. In addition, another one of her whole-school responsibilities is Extra Curricular Activities; planning and delivery across Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5. She is delighted to assume the position of Director of KS4 this academic year.

As a leader, she believes that each learner is an exceptional individual and able to reach their full potential by overcoming challenges with a growth mindset. Her motto of ‘Strive for Success’ is what she promotes through her own teaching and teams that she leads. She uses this notion to engage students of all backgrounds, cultures and ages to work together to support and celebrate each other’s successes.

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