Sarum St Michael
Educational Charity

Golden Handshake


The Charity launched a new bursary scheme in 2012 with financial incentives for would-be RE teachers to complete their training and become fully-fledged RE teachers (see Would-be RE Teachers).  The first recipient of the scheme's £3,000 Golden Handshake is Katherine Hallowell, who has qualified for the award by securing a teaching post with the co-ordination of Religious Education across her school as its most significant element.

The Charity supported Katherine throughout her initial degree and then PGCE.  She now teaches at The Blake C of E Primary School in Witney, Oxfordshire.  We are told that she has recently helped the school achieve a high grading in the SIAMS inspection framework.  Our congratulations to Katherine and the school!  Katherine says: "I am hugely grateful to the Charity for the grants it has given me.  I doubt I would have got where I am without that support.

Two more RE teachers whom the Charity supported during their PGCE year have
qualified for the award:

Charlotte Killick, who teaches in Perse Upper School in Cambridge, said:

"I would like to express how hugely grateful I am to the Charity for their exceptionally generous support through the beginning of my time as an Religious Studies teacher. I would have really struggled to fund my PGCE in Religious Studies without the financial help that was provided and I would therefore like to thank Sarum St Michael for playing a crucial role in helping me to achieve my desired career."

Ellie Magee, who teaches at Bridgewater High School in Warrington, said

"I could not be more grateful for the bursary I received from Sarum St Michael Educational Charity.

Following my offer of a place on the PGCE course to teach RS at Chester University I was concerned about how I might financially support myself for a whole year without an income. Thankfully I turned to Sarum St Michael Educational Charity who could not have been more accommodating. They offered me £2000 to help support me during my PGCE course and since then I haven't looked back.

On completion of the course I was offered a permanent position at Bridgewater High School in Warrington teaching RS full time. Three years on I am still at Bridgewater High School and have been fortunate enough in the meantime to be promoted to Head of Year. This enables me to have a pastoral focused role as well as being a teacher of RS.

Completing my PGCE has been the best thing I have ever done and without Sarum St Michael's support it just would not have been possible. I now have a career that I am passionate about and I am so happy to be able to do something I love every day.

Thank you Sarum St Michael!"