Date you joined the School
February 2016.

What do you do at Bethany?
I report to the Headmaster and my role is to provide professional support and guidance on all aspects of people management and current employment legislation.

What did you do before you came to Bethany?
I’ve worked in HR for over 30 years and 14 of those years have been in education.

What is your favourite music?
Paul Weller, because he is Paul Weller!

What is your favourite quotation and why?
However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.  While there’s life, there is hope.” Stephen Hawking.  I really do believe where there is life, there is hope…

What was your favourite subject at school and why?
Art – I always wanted to be a budding artist but got distracted and found that people were far more interesting and exciting, hence my career choice.

Why do you like working at Bethany?
I really do the love the ethos of the School, the sense that we are a community and collectively, whatever our roles, we are working together in preparing these young people both academically and personally.  The School, Staff and Governors are really committed to supporting these young people and I see that every day.

What interests do you have outside Bethany?
Being a Trustee and supporting a Nursery School in Gambia which I helped build in 2007. But closer to home, it’s live music, reading, knitting and walking – especially when it’s cold.

What is your favourite childhood memory?
Aged seven years old, sitting with my Great Aunt Rose Bud on New Year’s Eve drinking Tizer and eating Wotsits watching the New Year come in on her old TV and thinking how grown up I was!

What is your favourite colour and why?
Purple, today.

If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you like to do?
I’d be sitting in Gambia, in a classroom surrounded by a class of four to eight year olds with a huge grin on my face, thinking this is it!

Bethany School - Toni Carter