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Celia Bland

Celia Bland
Head of the Senior School, The Country Day School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Graduated in 1982 - B.Ed. English and World Religions

After spending placements in Birmingham schools as part of her University course, Celia went on to obtain a teaching job in London, a position which had been her first choice. Progressing to a Deputy Headship in St Albans, Celia moved to Canada in her twenties, and is currently Head of the Senior School of The Country Day School, an independent in Ontario.

"I chose Birmingham City University (or Birmingham Polytechnic as it was known then) because of the education programme, which, at the time, was quite progressive. Even though our facilities were limited, and having a campus that was spread out was tricky for getting to know people, we had the benefit of having a lot of hands-on teaching experience. We were often taught in seminars in small groups – our tutors were fantastic. They ignited my passion. On average, we spent a day a week in schools in addition to our three teaching practices, and I taught in Perry Barr, King’s Heath and Harborne.

"I loved my courses and the city of Birmingham (I still go for runs past the University whenever I am home for a visit with my brother who still lives there). I was thrilled to get my first choice and teach in London. By the time I was 28, I had progressed to being a Deputy Head at St Albans. I had headship interviews on the boil, but decided to move to Canada, originally intending to study and travel for just two to five years, but my family and I chose to stay. I still miss my London teaching days though!

"I have recently become Head of the High School at The Country Day School, Ontario, progressing from my position as Head of English and Extra Curricular Programme. This is an exciting time for us, as we are in the process of building a brand new high school. For many years, I also directed shows in our beautiful theatre, a bit of change from the school halls in London! I have been very lucky. Over the years, I have taught in primary schools, high school English and I have always been involved in student leadership; I have worked with our Service Councils and Social Justice Groups. I am still passionate about teaching and absolutely love my profession."