Australian trained primary teacher Alice explains how moving to London has changed her life.

In November 2012 my friend Pip and I moved over to London, and it was possibly the best decision we have ever made.

We landed on our feet as within a week of our arrival we had an interview for teaching positions at the same school, and a flat to live in. We moved to Greenwich, which was a beautiful place to live, but a bit far out of the city. We ended up working at the same school for the rest of the school year, which was a lot of fun. I had my first class, a Year 2 class, which was such a good experience.

As we both have full time employment we are able to travel on weekends and during school breaks. One of the best things about working in the UK is there are breaks every six weeks, which is perfect for small trips around Europe. Every chance we have we are off exploring in a new town, city or country. I just got back from a weekend away in Oslo, Norway, and before that we went to Germany and Poland in the last half term break.

Alice and Pip enjoying the school holidays in Switzerland
Alice and Pip enjoying the school holidays in Switzerland

We have now moved to a more central location in Leyton, which is much more convenient. I am still working at the same school, with a Year 1 class this year and loving every minute of it. London life is very busy, but there is always something to see or do.

If you have the opportunity to come over and work in London, I would strongly recommend that you seize the opportunity, as it is a huge adventure.

Alice O’Leary
Supply Teacher 2012 – present
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