Jennifer Smith

I firmly believe that anyone who enrols at the University of Chester will be well prepared and highly qualified for the working world.
Jennifer Smith











Graduated: BA (Hons) English

Currently: Head of English, St David's College


My time as a student at Chester was a fantastic experience, where the English tutors really helped me to develop my academic writing skills. The staff always made time for any questions I had and supported me through three enjoyable and challenging years.

During that time, I took part in a creative writing module, 'Varieties of Writing'. I was encouraged to send some of my work away and my poetry was then published in several small press journals. It was a complete surprise to me as I'd never written poetry before! I also won Chester's Creative Writing Award for a short story I'd composed for the course. I am certain that if my tutor hadn't told me to send the work away, I wouldn't have done so.

I graduated with a 2.1 BA (Hons) in English (Literature). I was appointed Practice Manager at a Chiropractic clinic on the Wirral. I enjoyed the work but soon came to realise that I wanted to do something beyond administration, and decided to pursue a career in teaching. I became a Teaching Assistant before embarking upon a teaching course. I achieved a PGCE in English Secondary teaching with Distinction.

During my second year of teaching at Walsall Academy - a sister school of Thomas Telford School, a leading comprehensive which specialises in E-Learning - I decided that I missed studying following the positive experiences I'd had during my BA and PGCE. I started my two year Writing Studies MA which I graduated from in 2009 with Merit. I had been working at a top private school on the Wirral, Birkenhead School, and after four years of teaching in 2010, I successfully applied for a position as Head of English at St David's College, a Boarding School that specialises in provision for dyslexic students.

I am now studying for a second MA in Education whilst in my sixth year of teaching. I know that my passion for English has been fostered by the tutors I'd met at Chester and this has led to the success I have had in my teaching career so far. I firmly believe that anyone who enrols at the University of Chester will be well prepared and highly qualified for the working world they then enter.