0.00.00 My name is Natasha Good. I’m Head of House at George Salter Collegiate Academy. A Head of House means that you have overall responsibility for the 205 pupils that are within your house from Year 7 to 11. You have the pastoral responsibility where obviously you’re looking after their welfare in terms of attendance, punctuality, behaviour. It’s just keeping an overview of each child that is within your house. At school I work very hard and I do very, very well.
0.00.30 The thing is that because I was a dancer I did a lot of out of hours dancing that wasn’t necessarily in school and if I’m honest I was bullied at school because I wasn’t part of the in crowd that was doing, you know, what teenagers do. So I just became very reclusive and I became very I will come to school, get on with it, if you just leave me alone, I’ll just get on with my work and there was some very strong characters that I was at school with and not, you know, it wasn’t an enjoyable experience shall we say.
0.01.00 But I wanted to succeed and I wanted to do very well so I just knuckled down, got on with it and eventually got some good grades. I was a dancer. My mum was a dance teacher and I went to her dance school. I then went to the Birmingham Hippodrome Youth Dance Theatre Company and I did loads of performances with them. I actually danced with the Royal Ballet at the Symphony Hall and I’ve always had the performing arts in me but then at the age of about 18
0.01.30 I thought well I can either go dance or I can go drama. And because I’d done dance for so long, I decided to pursue drama. I went to Wolverhampton University but I mean I loved it because it was me discovering myself and I made some very, very good friends there. And I think university really helped me build my confidence up and gave me the skills that I need now to obviously do my job. My dad was a gas service engineer and my mum was a dance teacher. And my mum and dad encouraged me a lot to go to university.
0.02.00 They are very much you need to pursue what you want to do. You know I thank them really because if it wasn’t for them then I wouldn’t be here now. And then I decided right, I’ve been in education for a very long time, I just want to go out there and earn some money, so I did two years at a retail, in retail and my friend had done a PGCE and I kept hearing about all these performances that she’d put on and all the good stuff she was doing at work and I thought I want some of that.
0.02.30 So I trained then to become a teacher and then here I am. Outside of work obviously I spend a lot of time with my children, my husband and my parents. I enjoy reading and I’ve got numerous friends from different parts of my life, from university, from childhood, to through my marriage because, you know, and I’ll go and visit them and spend time with them, because they’re all in different professions. And it’s just getting a broader, you know, perspective of things so that it’s not always about teaching.
0.03.00 My eldest daughter was born with a heart defect and at six days old she had to have heart surgery and that was one of the toughest, hardest things that I’ve ever, ever had to go through. Your first child having to be, you know, operated on at six days old, it was heart wrenching. It was horrible. We didn’t know if she was going to survive and ultimately that was one of the worst things. And from that I just thought I want to take every second of every day and make sure that what I’m doing I’m enjoying and I’m happy.
0.03.30 In five years time I hope I’m still doing the job that I’m doing and feeling as passionate as I currently am. I just love teaching but I love, you know, I love this school. It’s an absolutely brilliant school to work in. The staff and the kids are brilliant and because of that it makes my life here very happy, so I’m not going to move anywhere that, you know, if I’m happy here.