Chris Parkes

Head of Art/Year 5 Progress Manager, Oldfields Hall Middle School.

All my teaching career has been within Uttoxeter Learning Trust. After several years an art teacher at Thomas Alleyne’s High School, I moved to lead the art department at Oldfields. I’m now also progress manager for Year 5 and have leadership qualifications, so there are real opportunities to progress. Relationships across the Trust are strong. We support each other and have meetings to share good practice. I also take year 8 students to photography workshops at Thomas Alleyne’s, which helps to bridge the gap between middle and high schools. We’re part of a tight-knit family. I love being able to make a difference every day.