Susan Rogers

Food and Science Technician, The Hathaway Academy

My employment journey with ATT only begun a couple of years ago but I have been an advocate of the school for many years as I have had 3 children attend The Hathaway Academy. I always made sure I was involved in their school journey, supporting the school in any way I could as my children were in their care for so long each day. 


I left school at 16 and joined the National Westminster Bank, working in several offices in the City of London until I left to start a family in 2003, and was fortunate enough to be able to stay at home bringing up my family and caring for elderly relatives for many years. 


For over 35 years I have volunteered for the Scout Movement as a Leader and have organised camps, international visits, trips and activities for around 500 young people in Thurrock aged between 6 and 18 as well as being an Assistant Leader with my Cub Pack Thameside Orion on a weekly basis. It gives me a real buzz being able to support and encourage the young people to step outside of their comfort zones, challenge themselves and seeing them achieve, whether that be tying a knot, abseiling or lighting a fire – just some of the activities Scouting offers. 


In 2021 the time was right for me to return to work and I saw the advert for the role of Food and Science Technician at The Hathaway Academy. I completed the application even though I didn’t really know much about the Science side of the role and was lucky enough to be selected for interview. During the interview I was set the task of explaining how to complete a titration experiment to a newly qualified teacher – I obviously did something right and was offered the role! Two years in, I come to school and learn something everyday- it’s great being able to support the students and teachers in the Academy.