Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs  

Alan Turing was a versatile and intelligent English scientist. He was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science and produced a model of general-purpose computer. During the Second World war he worked for the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park. He devised techniques which reduced the time taken to decode confidential messages and it has been estimated that his work shortened the war in Europe by more than two years and saved over 14 million lives. Due to his homosexuality he was never fully recognised for his achievements during his lifetime as it was a crime in the UK. Tolerance of others is a key component of our Academy and defines our ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviour that we dislike or disagree with. 

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About Me: 

Mrs Matson attended a small rural secondary school in Welbourn Lincolnshire. This was where she realised, she had a passion for sport and participated in many of the teams represented by the school and became student Head of House. It was during this time that she decided she enjoyed leading and wanted to become a Physical Education and History teacher which guided her option choices. 

She completed her GCSE’s and gained top grades for PE and History, this led to an A Level route for her next step towards university. Whilst at College she played football for Lincoln City Ladies FC and represented the College at the British Colleges National Finals for Hockey. Whilst doing this she held down a part time job on a farm at the weekends and during holidays.  

Once Mrs Matson completed her A Levels, she moved onto a BSc Sports Science degree. This allowed her to look at many different sports and jobs around them and spent a twelve-week work placement in a physiotherapy department.   

Once Mrs Matson had graduated, she got a job as a Sports Leader for Nottinghamshire County Council, running after school clubs, leading sports events, working in the community and with young people with physical disabilities and associated illnesses. This allowed her to see that she did in fact want to work in education as a Physical Education teacher and began applying for teacher training places.  

She gained her teacher training qualification at a school in Grantham (2006) and then completed her Newly Qualified Teacher year at a school in Lincoln (2007) whilst teaching Physical Education and moving into the English Faculty. She wanted to get back to teaching just Physical Education and applied for a job in Boston. 

 

Mrs Matson started working at Haven High Academy in September 2009 as a Physical Education teacher and as the years have passed she has worked in the English Faculty, has been an Academic Progress Coordinatorgot married, had a baby and more recently moved into the Humanities Faculty where she is now teaching Religious Studies, PSHEE and History. 

She felt that there needed to be a House System at Haven High to allow all students to have an extension of their family and gain a manner of different experiences throughout their school years. She worked closely with Mr Van Lier and developed a system they were happy with and the initiative was born, and she is now the leader of Turing House! 

The core British Value of Turing House is Tolerance and further includes those with different faiths and beliefs. The Turing House patron Alan Turing is an example of the importance of tolerance and why it is crucial for students to strive to achieve in a well-rounded society. This is something Mrs Matson feels very strongly about and believes that learning how to be tolerant is important for success in life. Mrs Matson knows how great her house students and staff are and cannot wait to celebrate their successes, achievements and victories together, the future is bright!  


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