OUR JOURNEY… SO FAR

Student Navigator started as a hobby, a passion of mine, when I left full time teaching. It combined all the aspects of my work that I loved and missed the most, but were often lost in the daily demands of a busy school dayworking with young people on a one to one basis, inspiring and motivating them to have confidence in their skills and abilities, to aspire to be the best they can be. It has grown through personal recommendation and word of mouth and now, by demand, we have a website and are opening our services so that many more people can find us.

Our students are successful in their exams, and in what it is they are aiming to do, but more importantly, they have grown in confidence and developed their skills, along the path that takes them there.

Fiona Maida

MEET OUR TEAM OF EXPERTS

FIONA MAIDA

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT NAVIGATOR

Secondary Lead

I worked in secondary schools in East Leeds as a classroom teacher, head of Humanities, head of Sixth Form and Assistant Headteacher for fourteen years, before leaving in 2013 to write and have more time to look after my three boys and elderly parents.

Since then, I have been employed as a consultant by schools throughout Leeds, universities and educational social enterprises; examined for OCR and AQA ; and successfully mentored young people through their critical exam years.

This work has allowed me to work more creatively and have a very unique insight into how a variety of schools work, what they offer and the pressures young people face.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FIONA

I love working with young people, and enjoy discovering what makes them learn best as well as what hinders their learning; seeking creative and individual solutions. Student Navigator allows me to work with students from every type of background and school, and find ways to help them succeed at what it is they want to do.

Before entering the teaching profession, I worked in television as an assistant director and writer. However, it was while teaching as a volunteer in Uganda and Malawi that I realised how teaching provides you with opportunities to seek creative solutions and see them bear fruit almost straightaway, and this spurred me on to study for a PGCE at Leeds University in Religious Studies and Drama. 

 (I graduated in 1990 from the University of St Andrews with a Masters of Theology. The beauty of the Scottish university system allowed me to study a range of subjects including English Literature, Economics, Psychology as well as the Theology and Philosophy of Religion that I finally specialised in.)

Dr Claire Rutherford-Chapman

CAREERS LEAD

Secondary Mentor

I have worked in the Higher Education sector in a variety of capacities since 2008. I completed my PhD in French literature at the University of Nottingham, where I also undertook undergraduate teaching in French politics, economics, and literature. This was preceded by an MA in French and BA (hons) in French and German.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CLAIRE

I have always loved working in higher education with young people about to embark upon independent living and starting out in their degree and career. Through my experience of working in both teaching and professional roles in universities, I have seen the difficulties faced by students when transitioning from school to HE and I have also witnessed the great positive academic growth and personal development of young people when supported on their journey. In my current role within student recruitment and outreach at Leeds Beckett University, I manage the Student Ambassador scheme with responsibility for the recruitment, training, and professional development of our student outreach Ambassadors. I also develop and deliver a number of projects which are designed to inspire young people from local schools and colleges and support them to achieve their potential, ensuring they are prepared for the demands of higher education – both academically and personally. 

In my role at Student Navigator, I focus on supporting young people to consider their skills, interests and options and I help to prepare them for their journey to university and beyond. I am also passionate about languages and helping children and young people to reach their full potential in French and German. I have worked extensively as a private tutor, preparing students for GCSE and A Level exams; particularly speaking exams, which often cause students considerable anxiety. Watching a young person’s confidence grow as their language skills develop is thoroughly rewarding.

I have a real commitment to learning and skills development and have recently undertaken training courses in Information, Advice and Guidance and psychology. 

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT FIONA

I love working with young people, and enjoy discovering what makes them learn best as well as what hinders their learning; seeking creative and individual solutions. Student Navigator allows me to work with students from every type of background and school, and find ways to help them succeed at what it is they want to do.

 Before entering the teaching profession, I worked in television as an assistant director and writer. However, it was while teaching as a volunteer in Uganda and Malawi that I realised how teaching provides you with opportunities to seek creative solutions and see them bear fruit almost straightaway, and that spurred me on to study for a PGCE at Leeds University in Religious Studies and Drama. 

 (I graduated in 1990 from the University of St Andrews with a Masters of Theology. The beauty of the Scottish university system allowed me to study a range of subjects including English Literature, Economics, Psychology as well as the Theology and Philosophy of Religion that I finally specialised in.)

LEARN MORE ABOUT CLAIRE

I have always loved working in higher education with young people about to embark upon independent living and starting out in their degree and career. Through my experience of working in both teaching and professional roles in universities, I have seen the difficulties faced by students when transitioning from school to HE and I have also witnessed the great positive academic growth and personal development of young people when supported on their journey. In my current role within student recruitment and outreach at Leeds Beckett University, I manage the Student Ambassador scheme with responsibility for the recruitment, training, and professional development of our student outreach Ambassadors. I also develop and deliver a number of projects which are designed to inspire young people from local schools and colleges and support them to achieve their potential, ensuring they are prepared for the demands of higher education – both academically and personally. 

In my role at Student Navigator, I focus on supporting young people to consider their skills, interests and options and I help to prepare them for their journey to university and beyond. I am also passionate about languages and helping children and young people to reach their full potential in French and German. I have worked extensively as a private tutor, preparing students for GCSE and A Level exams; particularly speaking exams, which often cause students considerable anxiety. Watching a young person’s confidence grow as their language skills develop is thoroughly rewarding.

I have a real commitment to learning and skills development and have recently undertaken training courses in Information, Advice and Guidance and psychology.