Gillian Nightingale

Teacher of Physics

I am currently a Physics Teacher at Loughborough High School and will be Head of Year 11 from September 2016. I have two young children, a 3 year old boy and a 10 month old girl, who occupy most of my spare time. I am a keen skier, love travelling and taking on new opportunities when they arise.

"I have always loved teaching at the High School because of the pupils and staff alike. The best part of being a teacher here is that all staff have the girls best interests at heart and they cultivate a caring atmosphere; which the girls appreciate."
Gillian Nightingale, Teacher of Physics

My career started after completing an honours degree in Medical Biochemistry at The University of Sheffield in 2005. I began working in surgical sales and marketing for a healthcare company, specialising in cardiac sutures and later hernia repair. I enjoyed a fantastic 3 years with the company, travelling the UK and Europe whilst working with some fabulous people in the NHS and private healthcare sector.

Having always had a passion for Physics and a want to work with children, I decided to join the Physics Enhancement Programme at Loughborough University. This was a six month programme that allowed science graduates the opportunity to study Physics to a level that would qualify you to teach A level physics. On completion of the course, I started my PGCSE at Loughborough University in September 2009.

During my first placement on PGCE at Loughborough High School, I knew that I always wanted to return to the school once qualified. Early on in the PGCE, I obtained a job at Nottingham High School for Girls and worked there until summer 2011 when my husband’s job secondment took us to Xiamen, China for 2 years.

"The most important thing that I think the girls come away with from Loughborough High School, is a strong sense of self, a great work ethic and an ability to adapt to different social situations with ease. "
Gillian Nightingale, Teacher of Physics

On return from China and following maternity leave, I started at Loughborough High School as a Physics Teacher in September 2013. Since being at the school I have enjoyed many roles within the school, such as leading a ski trip to Les Menuires in 2016, and the upcoming 2017 trip to Colorado, Project Week Organiser and setting up a school ski club as well as participating in DoE and helping out with CCF (prior to maternity leave).

I have always loved teaching at the High School because of the pupils and staff alike. The best part of being a teacher here is that all staff have the girls best interests at heart and they cultivate a caring atmosphere; which the girls appreciate.  The most important thing that I think the girls come away with from Loughborough High School, is a strong sense of self, a great work ethic and an ability to adapt to different social situations with ease.

My favourite memories at the school to date are witnessing the excitement of the girls during the solar eclipse and watching many of the girls come to life in some of the fantastic drama and music productions that occur here at the school.

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