Staff Profile: Jayne Holden

This year, we will continue to share staff profiles to get to know members of our school family a little better. Each week we will feature a member of staff across all areas of the school including teachers, admin staff, support staff and more. This week we focus on Jayne Holden, Head of Inclusion.

I am officially old. I’m happy to say I don’t feel it, but in compiling this profile, the reality that I have been working with young people longer than some of our parents and my colleagues have been alive makes me old. Oh my goodness, even saying it makes me smile. So here goes. I have been working with young people for almost 34 years and teaching for over 30. I smile because I can honestly say, I still count it an absolute joy, pleasure and privilege to do the job that I do.

Over the years I have taught in many wonderful places and met some fantastic kids. I have come to realise kids are kids wherever they are from. They just want to be loved and happy. Initially I taught ICT and History in a Secondary School. I enjoyed it, but still felt I wanted to do something a little different. I distinctly remember being at a George Benson concert and he sang the words “I believe that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way, show them all the beauty they possess inside” that was it, my epiphany! I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do. Help students recognise and realise their beauty. Hence my journey with working in Inclusion began.

Every child is so beautifully and wonderfully made. Each with their unique qualities. Not all are academically able, physically strong, socially competent but that does not mean they have less to offer or don’t have a place in society. There may be genuine reasons why children find certain things difficult, I accept that, but it is never an excuse to not give a child every opportunity for them to be the very best they can be. Working here in school means my job is made so much easier because I am so blessed to be surrounded by the most dedicated, hardworking, caring and committed staff I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

Outside of school, my life is totally consumed with food and sport. I would like to say something a bit more cultured and refined – but I can’t. My two sons (the absolute loves of my life) are both professional rugby players, so thankfully I get to watch most of their games live in the comfort of my own home. Food – oh my goodness do I love eating good food. I grew up in a house with my Mamma and 5 sisters who are amazing cooks. I was always nominated to be ‘chief taster’ and would sample their new creations until they perfected them.

I have two beautiful, handsome, wonderful sons (yes I am biased), I live in a wonderful country where every day can be an adventure and I get to work in the best school in the UAE – what more could I ask for……? A house in the Caribbean, a Porsche Panamera and a Corporate Box at Anfield 😊 but until then I will continue to be grateful for every day, continue to smile and count the many blessings I have in my life.

Jayne Holden
Head of Inclusion