“As I studied here I thought it was important to keep my skills in the area,” Faye Watson from Maryport said as she graduated from the University of Cumbria and looked forward to a career in teaching. The 21 year old had more than one reason to celebrate; as well as graduating, she also received the undergraduate education programmes ‘highest academic achievement prize’ in recognition of her sterling work as a student.
Now she is set to start work in September at Hensingham Primary School teaching year 4 pupils, adding to the high number of students who go directly into work after graduating. The university’s Institute of Education has partnerships with other 2,000 schools in Cumbria, Lancashire, London, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.
“I’ve wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember,” Faye said and for parents Joanne and Paul a proud day that marks the end of three years study and the start of a new chapter.