In 2008 Louise Drummond joined Autism Spectrum Partners’ Heathermount School as a Teaching Assistant. She began working towards her NVQ Level 2 whilst at the school and over the course of 18 months completed her Level 2 and 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

In 2011 Louise began completing her Higher Level Teaching Assistant course where she was able to lead small groups of children in the classroom environment.

Louise started her three year degree in ‘Children’s Development and Learning’ in 2012 at the University of Reading studying one day a week at University whilst working full time at Heathermount School for the remaining four days.

Louise achieved a First class BA (Hons) degree, and became a qualified teacher after completing her final assessment.

Louise said “I am now a fully qualified teacher. I have gained lots of skills and improved my knowledge in order to teach the children effectively in line with the Government expectations and school policies. I have been fully supported by The Disabilities Trust and Heathermount School. Headteacher, Ruth Bovill, has been my mentor throughout the training. She has always pushed me to achieve whilst imparting valuable knowledge throughout.”

Headteacher Ruth Bovill said “I am so delighted to have been able to support Louise through her teacher training. It is wonderful that she has been able to work at the school forming important relationships with our students and understanding their needs. Louise is a credit to the school.”