IT WAS during her time as a pupil at The Grange School that wide-eyed Kiara Madden decided she wanted to be a teacher.
Fast forward to 2012 and her ambition pays off. But little did she expect her first job in teaching was to see a return to the same classroom.
Now aged 22 and with a new married surname of Oliver, Kiara has found a lot hasn’t changed.
She said: “It is very nice to be back, there are people who I recognise from when I was a pupil and the dinnerladies were my dinnerladies when I was here too!
She added: “The thing that struck me about the school back then was how friendly all of the teachers and staff were here. Everyone was very welcoming and on hand to help you out. You were always encouraged to ask questions.
“I remember signing up to lots of different clubs just to get as much out of my school life as I possibly could.”
It was the desire to be back at a first school which inspired her to work hard.
She then went on to do her GCSEs at William Parker School followed by A-levels at Rugby High School. She did a degree in English followed by a PGCE training course before landing her first teaching job at The Grange School.
Mrs Oliver added: “I did some work experience placements here and when I spoke to the headteacher I made it clear that if there was a job going, then I would like to be considered for it.”
She is full of praise for her Year Three pupils who are inquisitive about her previous time at the school.
She added: “The children I teach are fascinated about me being a former pupil.
“They ask questions like what was the classroom like? and what sort of things did I do? They like the fact that I was once in their shoes.
“They are particularly fascinated that I now teach in the same classroom I was in when I was a Year Four pupil.”
She is now hoping that her journey will, in turn, inspire the children she now teaches.
Mrs Oliver said: “My parents didn’t have an educational background, so I was from a council estate and having to work hard at school to make sure my dreams came true.
“I hope I can show to the children the value of working hard.
“I was a lot like the children who come to our school. My parents didn’t have lots of money, but I worked hard, I was determined to make my life better and I now reaping the reward. I’ll encourage my pupils to do the same.”