Congratulations to English teacher Mr Jones, who has been awarded a first class honours degree from the Open University. He has been working for his qualification for the past six years, alongside his full time roles at Brooke Weston, firstly as a library assistant and latterly as a trainee teacher.
During his course he specialised in 19th and 20th century literature and Shakespeare. He said: ‘It was great. I loved every minute except for the workload! It has been a long slog and always made me think about the fable of the tortoise and the hare. I have definitely been the tortoise plodding along to get to the end. It is completely the wrong way to do it, I would strongly advise all of our students to go to university and do a full time degree!
‘I enjoyed going back to the 19th century literature and revisiting authors like Austen and Hardy. I first read their books as a teenager, so, coming back to them with a different, more mature perspective allows you to see the multiple layers that I perhaps didn’t notice back then. I also have slept, eaten and breathed nine months of Shakespeare and at the end of it, did the hardest exam I have ever sat.
'When I started I was hoping for a 2.1. I didn’t think I would get a First. It has been a bit surreal. As well as reading I also studied using DVDs, audio CDs and had regular tutorials and online discussions. It has been an amazing journey and I have had to find strategies that worked for me so that I could balance my work and study.’
Principal Trish Stringer said: ‘I am so proud of Mr Jones. He is a wonderful role model as the fact that he has combined a full time job with a first class honours degree is amazing. The most powerful thing about Brooke Weston is that it really is a learning establishment in the wider sense of the word. Not only are our students learning, but they can see that our staff are learning and achieving great results as well.’