Emma Fownes has taught at Boundary Oak for 10 years where she is Deputy Head and Head of Pastoral Care. Emma qualified as a teacher in 2003, achieving her PGCE from Southampton University where she returned to give a lecture on ‘surviving your NQT year!’. In 2003 she won a National Teaching Award for ‘Most Outstanding New Teacher’ for the Southern Region. Following this accolade, Emma took part as a judge in the same category. This led to her interest in becoming an NQT mentor throughout her career.