Mr McAuley

How long have you worked at St Cuthbert's?

17/18 years!

Can you share a favourite memory about St Cuthbert's?

Too many to list all, but especially memorable school trips to Belgium, great times with lots of students. Many of whom are adults now. The historical aspects of the trips were poignant, and the fun sides were excellent: fancy dress, theme parks, and of course me being the absolute best at Sing Star on the Playstation ( beating all contenders because of my wonderful singing voice!)

What made you go into teaching/working in a supporting role in school?

Wanting to do something to help young people. Straight away I moved into a pastoral role, as well as teaching History. I try my best to help someone every day, and play a small part in making their day better. I genuinely believe that if a student feels safe and happy in school, then everything else will fall into place.

What is the best bit of advice you can give to your students?

Keep going, keep trying, even when things get difficult; never give up. Ask for help, find someone to talk to, never feel like you have to deal with things by yourself. There is always somone to listen.

What do you enjoy most about working at St Cuthbert's?

Working with our students. They never fail to make me see how superb they are. sometimes in the press and elsewhere teenagers are not presented in a good light, but that is not what I see every day. I see young people who work hard with enthusiasm, who are respectful, well-mannered and a credit to themselves and their families. Best job in the world!