Head of English
My name is Ms. Sarah Halforty and I am super excited to join the English department at GEMS Metropole and can’t wait to get to know you all. I am looking forward to meeting my new classes, and exploring the world of language and literature with you all.
English has always been a passion of mine and I began my studies by gaining a Bachelor of Arts with honours in comparative literary studies and philosophy from the University of Kent. Following on from a few years in the business-to-business world of public relations I realised my studies were incomplete and embarked on a Master of Letters in English literary studies at the University of Aberdeen.
My career in education began in a pupil referral unit as a tutor and I quickly realised my calling and took up a role as a teaching assistant in a young offenders’ institute – it was here that I learnt the importance of building strong relationships with my students to ensure they fulfil their potential. Through the graduate teacher programme, I initiated my teaching career at an all-boys’ school and then went on to teach at a mixed secondary of over 2000 students in Kent, England.
I join Metropole as an experienced teacher with over ten years’ experience working in education and have a real passion for my subject: English. In the classroom I have experience across the key stages, and I am very confident in adapting my practice to suit a wide range of ages, abilities and needs. In addition to GCSE, I have delivered English literature and language at A level.
In addition to my role as a teacher I have worked as an examiner for AQA since 2017 on their GCSE English Literature specification. This has definitely broadened my knowledge of the 9-1 grading system and has enabled me to develop and produce relevant, creative and clear teaching resources as well as moderate work across my department. Further to this, I have also marked the National Reference Tests, which are produced by the National Foundation for Educational Research to assist with consistency across English GCSE papers produced by the different exam boards.