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Sisters return to Peterborough school - as teachers

West Town sisters Kearan and Shaesta Kauser have returned to the school they went to as children - now as teachers.
West Town sisters
Shaesta and Kearan alongside Kearan’s daughter.

The Peterborough pair spent many enjoyable years as primary school pupils at West Town Primary Academy and now find themselves arriving to work to inspire the next generation of children.

Kearan and Shaesta, who are both mothers of young children, had never planned on pursuing the same career path, let alone sharing the same workplace.

Prior to their current roles, Kearan, a law graduate, was working at a legal firm in Peterborough for over three years. The switch to teaching arrived at a time when she had a young family to look after and found that her work balance didn’t suit her family life.

This was when she decided to return to West Town Primary Academy as a Teaching Assistant, allowing her to spend more time with her family, whilst developing her passion for working with young people.

Also family-oriented and having started a family at the age of 22, Shaesta initially left school following her GCSEs. After having her first two children, Shaesta decided to return to education by completing a part-time degree at the Open University, whilst working as a Teaching Assistant at Fulbridge Academy, in Peterborough.

Since then, both have taken huge strides to recently become fully qualified teachers at West Town Primary Academy, part of Meridian Trust (formerly known as Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust).

Having both completed their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) status this year, Shaesta now works as a full-time classroom teacher. Kearan spends two days as an intervention teacher and three days as a classroom teacher, and also has two children attending the school.

Speaking about her time at the school, Shaesta said: “I feel so lucky that I get to work with my sister and wouldn’t change a thing. We have very fond memories of our time here as pupils. West Town genuinely feels like home to us and we don’t think we could ever leave it now. Although we didn’t intend to work together everything just seemed to fall into place for us.

“My job doesn’t feel like work. I look forward to coming in every day because of the positive atmosphere, my colleagues and the pupils and am so fortunate to work at such a brilliant school.”

West Town Primary Academy moved to a brand new building in Midland Road, Peterborough, in 2016. The school was previously in nearby Williamson Avenue.

Kearan added: “My two children are extremely happy at West Town Primary Academy with one even wanting to follow in my footsteps and pursue a career in teaching. For me to send my children here shows the trust I have that they will receive a high-quality education and a supportive environment, whether you join as a pupil or as a member of staff.

“School Principal Hannah Quinn has been excellent in providing me with career development opportunities from my very first day as a volunteer assistant, to now being a qualified teacher with my own classroom at the school.”

Both sisters thanked Hannah for the support she has provided them throughout their teaching journey.

She said: “When Kearan and Shaesta were pupils here I was actually working as a newly qualified teacher at the school at the time.

“Since then, it has been a pleasure to welcome them both back to the school as ambitious, talented teachers and watch their careers flourish.

“Here at West Town Primary Academy we strive to encourage our pupils to pursue their dreams, no matter what stage in life they accomplish this. Both Shaesta and Kearan are hard-working, popular members of the team and we wish them all the best in their career journey here at the school.”

Looking ahead to the future, Kearan aspires to become a senior leader at West Town Primary Academy whilst Shaesta will be starting her part-time Master’s degree in Autism and ADHD, hoping to extend this knowledge to support children with special educational needs at the school.