Margaret Whitlock

Career so far
I have been in teaching for over thirty years and have worked in both the state and private sectors.

From 1999 I taught in a preparatory school in Godalming, initially part-time while my children grew up and then full time. There I was a form tutor, Head of Art as well as Design and Technology and worked with pupils across Years 1 to 6. I am never happier than when I am in a school!

Since moving to Devon I have worked alongside the Librarians in Ottery St Mary Library, as Secretary of the Library Friends Group. This has involved helping with the recent planning for and ultimate relocation of the library to its exciting new building. In addition, I have been part of the recruitment process for library volunteers. I very much enjoy being part of that team and help to run the library in extended opening hours, while also arranging events and children’s activities to promote the use of the library within the community.

Meanwhile, I have also been Clerk of Governors at West Hill Primary School, which has extended my knowledge and experience of life in a school. In my role I worked closely with the Head Teacher and Chair of Governors, supporting the Governing Board by maintaining effective links across the school.

I am very excited to be joining St Peter’s as Librarian. I have a great love of books, belong to two Book Clubs and have a strong desire to make books accessible to all ages and abilities. I am looking forward to working closely with the Head Librarian, Oscar Brookes-Fellar and the band of librarians in Years 6 to 8. Together we will develop the new library and learning hub, which is such an amazing space set at the heart of the school.

My favourite book? Well it is usually the one I am reading at the time – so now it is “The Essex Serpent” by Sarah Perry; a great read.


See also: Mike & Hazel HughesKate LordKris MartinSue PerryByron PooleJack & Anya Turner