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Design Technology

Meet the Team:

Shelley Henry-  Design Technology & Food Technology Teacher

I first qualified as a teacher in 2004 since then I have worked in various mainstream schools in Leicester including Brockington College, Crown Hills and Hamilton. I also worked in London as a head of department and head of year for 5 years. Since relocating back to Leicester I have made the jump from mainstream into an SEBD setting and I have never looked back! Over the last 4 years I have worked at both Millgate School and Keyham Lodge as a teacher of both Design Technology and Catering. Although at times it can be hard work; ultimately, teaching in this setting is extremely rewarding. I enjoy building positive relationships with students and seeing them gain confidence in their own abilities to create and achieve in ways they can be proud of.

Darwin Davies- Curriculum Specialist Support

Leaving College at 16, I went straight into a placement as an YTS at a local reprographics company producing all things for the printing trade. Leaving the placement a year later, saw me getting a full time job at a commercial printer where I stayed for 15 years until we had to finally close due to a downturn in business. During this period, I was involved in every aspect of pre and post production from initial meetings with clients to discuss design ideas, procurement, negotiating, product design, producing camera ready artwork, planning and plate making, printing, finishing, packaging, invoicing, deliveries, monthly accounts and finally, debt recovery....I was very lucky to have a gained a wealth of experience.

Starting again, this time as a graphic designer to a used machinery dealer in Leicester. Drawing upon my skills, I was able to help make them the leading used machinery supplier in the UK. I was allowed to thoroughly rebrand their image and take control of the advertising budget of £60k. After 12 years of service and multiple recessions, I was made redundant. During my time as a graphic designer, I also trained as a level 2 teacher and swimming coach for Leicester Sharks, a leading force in Midlands swimming. This is where I discovered my passion for teaching, having 3 squads and being responsible for 80 swimmers progress certainly focuses the mind! It's hard to believe that I started Keyham Lodge in October 2018, seems as if I've been here for years but still a newbie. It's the only role that I've had that allows me to be me and demands that you evaluate every single word or action as each one has a direct impact on a young person's day, week or life! I feel incredibly supported within our department and School as a whole and draw upon the experiences of my two mentors daily. Learning more each day, I'm lucky to have found where I'm meant to be.