Ms Katja Thornton, Exams and Data Manager
Date you joined the School
What do you do at Bethany?
I organise external examinations and deal with data requests from teachers and senior management.
What did you do before you came to Bethany?
I was an English As A Foreign Language teacher at a local language school.
What is your favourite novel/music/artist/film and why?
The Shawshank Redemption is my favourite film. I love it because it is such a beautiful portrayal of the human spirit. One of my favourite books is Jane Eyre. It’s romantic, but I am very passionate about the heroine who is intelligent, warm and has a lot of integrity.
What is your favourite quotation and why?
“My accomplishments? They will keep.” It’s from Jane Eyre and she is asked why she would settle for less than she could expect. I like her attitude to accept life as it is at the moment but certainly not giving up on the future.
What was your favourite subject at school and why?
English. It’s not my native language but I have come to love it like the language I was born into.
Why do you like working at Bethany?
I like it for the support I have been given here – from the first day everyone has always been very friendly and helpful. There’s an open door policy throughout.
What interests do you have outside Bethany?
My children – there’s not much time for anything else. Although I do read and try and pick up my guitar once in a while.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
Summers spent at the local swimming pool in the warm summer sun.
What is your favourite colour and why?
Purple – no idea why.
If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you like to do?
I’d like to travel the world and teach English in different places.