#KibbleInspires Angela - Kibble: Specialist services & support for young people facing adversity
Posted: September 16, 2019

Angela is a Deputy Head Teacher at Kibble’s Forest View Primary School and the Safe Centre. She ensures each child has access to education that suits their requirements. A bespoke care plan, with a trauma-informed approach, is developed to tailor learning to the needs of individual children. Angela enjoys developing relationships with children and helping them to re-engage with learning.  

What did you do before Kibble?

I worked in mainstream schools down South that had high levels of gang crime and poverty. A quarter of the pupils required support for mental and emotional issues.

How long have you worked at Kibble?

I’ve worked at Kibble for five months.

What made you want to work for Kibble?

I reached out to people who worked here and found there are so many departments that all work collaboratively. All specialisms work together to meet the needs of the young people. Having all the resources here means we’re responsive, quick and efficient, which is what the children and young people who come to Kibble need.

Can you give us an overview of your role at Kibble and what area you work in? Please explain the service?

I am one of the Deputy Head Teachers at Kibble. I am responsible for Forest View and the Safe Centre. I concentrate on meeting the needs of the young people so they can access education.

Our service provides day placements for children struggling in mainstream school, children in residential care and young people in the Safe Centre. With small class sizes, Forest View provides a trauma-informed approach to learning. The approach to learning is tailored as we identify the needs of each child and develop a bespoke care plan. We follow the curriculum for excellence across all our schools.

What is the best thing about working in Kibble/tell us one thing you love about your job?

Being with the young people. And of course, the staff who I have learnt so much from already.

Can you share a defining moment or story about your time at Kibble?

One of the pupils looked at me and said, “I don’t like this school. I LOVE this school”. It was brilliant that he had the confidence to voice his feelings. That reminded me it’s all about forming relationships and making everyone feel positive.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of joining Kibble?

At Kibble, we all work together. You have resources readily available and can pull on the expertise of another colleague. Everyone makes time for one another. The ethos and culture of the organisation is incredible – we all problem-solve together.

Do it! Question if you’re able to give it your all. Let your own personality shine through and let your natural abilities be brought to the forefront.  Relate to the children and give them a bit of yourself.

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