Rebecca Perry started out as a 16 year old at City College Norwich to complete her A Levels in Maths, Psychology and Sociology.
She liked it so much that she hasn’t really left since!
Rebecca chose to study A Levels at CCN after being very badly bullied at High School, her mum was very supportive of the move from school to college, and additionally, she was advised that the college would provide a much more grown up environment for her.
In her own words:
“I had fantastic teachers across all three subjects, truly inspirational and brimming with knowledge and enthusiasm for their subjects.
The two that stick out are Richard B (Maths) and Rob Lovejoy (Sociology).”
Success at A Levels and re-inventing herself.
As well as achieving success in her A-Levels, Rebecca also managed to re-invent herself at the college and she says:
“I have been proud to be who I am ever since – my confidence really grew here and the adult environment suited me down to the ground.”
Rebecca stayed in Norwich after finishing at college, progressing to the UEA, where she graduated in 2004 with BA (Hons) in Sociology and Politics.
A Passion for Education!
During her time at college, Rebecca developed a passion for education and specifically the post 16 sector.
She credits her time as a student at the college, due to the opportunities it gave her to grow personally and in the knowledge it gave her, for sparking this interest and therefore decided to pursue a career in teaching.
Doing time in Norwich Prison……………
She started at Norwich Prison, working for the Prison Officers Association, alongside Officers to improve Maths and English skills.
Whilst there, Rebecca was referred to the college to complete her Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications in English and Maths as part of her Continuing Professional Development.
She also came back to the college to complete her Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
“I found myself back at CCN to complete CPD, professional qualifications, my PGCE and even my Master Degree in Education. I never really left the college from the age of 16!”
Full circle back to City College Norwich
Rebecca started working as a lecturer in Functional Skills at the college in 2007 and is still here!
She quickly gained promotion, securing the position of Programme Manager at the college in 2011 after completing her Master Degree in Education, again at the college. (In a very bizarre twist of fate, she ended up line managing Rob Lovejoy who was her sociology teacher, for a short time in 2011 when she began her role at the college!)
She then went on to be a Planning and Performance Programme Manager in 2012.
This year, Rebecca was successful in being recruited by Ofsted as an FES Inspector too, which she says is only possible due to the support and opportunities provided by City College Norwich.
To sum up in her own words, Rebecca says:
“City College Norwich sparked my interest in the Further Education sector as a student when I was 16.
I never lost this, and today, 17 years later at 33 years old I am still passionate about the sector.
From my A-Levels, through CPD, Professional Qualifications and Post-graduate studies to employment, the college continues to be as inspirational an employer as they are a provider of education at all levels.
I owe my career success to the college on a number of levels and will always be one of its biggest supporters.”