Who am I?
My name is Dr Paul Meaney (yep, that is my real name). I come from Lancashire in the North West and I've been living in Caversham in Reading for the last 8 years or so.
I started out as a Biologist...
I studied for my Degree and PhD in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was a fabulous time, although rather cold. I took a job at the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford, working for Oxford University. After a few years I realised that a career in academic research wasn't for me.
I then was bitten by the programming bug..
I returned to Edinburgh to study for a Masters in Software Technology at Napier University. I completed the Diploma part of my course with Distinction and, rather than complete the Masters, I elected to return to Oxford to gain valuable practical experience programming in industry. I spent the next 10 years working as a first a programmer, then a Senior Programmer and finally Technical Architect at a variety of software companies, including Cherwell Scientific, Solarweb, QA Plc and finally motors.co.uk. in thr course of my career, I ended up providing custom software solutions for a range of Clients including DeLaRue Holographics, Lloyds Bank, DeutscheBank, Global Beach and Loughborough University
And then came the calling into teaching...
I decided to move into teaching to follow in my parents footsteps, where I discovered that I had a real knack for it. After training at Wallingford school, I took my first position at Icknield Community college, where I was one of the first teachers in the country to introduce the GCSE in Computing. I also introduced programming in Scratch, Smallbasic and Kodu to Key Stage 3. I also received my first three Outstanding lesson observations.
I moved to the Henley College to teach A level Computing, where I pushed the college to stop teaching Pascal and start teach C# as a language as well as VB.NET. I achieved a 100% pass rate in the five years that I taught there, and most of my students got their best marks in Computer Science out of all of their A levels. I switched to the OCR syllabus in 2016, but then back to AQA in 2017. I picked up two more Outstanding lesson observations, and became one of the Colleges Lead Practitioners, where I would go and help other teachers to improve, as well as the students.
My proudest achievement is that for the last three years of my teaching, all of my A level students have gone on to study a degree in Computer Science at Universities all over the country, from Oxford and Cambridge, To Warwick, Durham and Imperial College London. I became a teacher to inspire students at all ages to take up Computer Science, and to see 100% of my A level students doing just that, well I couldn't ask for anything better!
What am I doing now?
My main focus is providing 1:1 revision support in A Level Computer Science, Biology and Level 3 BTEC IT and Engineering for students at The Henley College and schools in the Reading Area.
I also specialise in providing 1:1 GCSE Maths Tuition for students looking to retake their GCSE exams.
Finally I run HeadStart courses for students who are new to programming, exam revision sessions and all day workshops at The Henley College specifically for A level Computer Science and BTEC Level 3 IT. These courses are also available to students in the Reading area.