A busy mum who has spent the last two years juggling family life and a full-time job with her university studies, finally graduates today with honours.

Annette McTavy was inspired to further her education and training during her role as a teaching assistant at St Gregory’s RC VA Primary School in South Shields, and began a part-time Foundation Degree in Education and Care at the University of Sunderland.

As well as working around assignments and deadlines during weekends and in the evenings, Annette is also a dedicated mum to her three young children.

Despite finding the degree challenging at times, Annette credits the support of her University lecturers, as well as teaching staff at St Gregory’s, for their support, and helping her to overcome any obstacles she faced.

Annette, from South Shields, says: “I don’t think I could have done this without all the support from the university and school, my family have also been fantastic. They just let me get on when I had any assignments to finish and had to get my head down to study.

“I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved and have loved every minute of this degree, despite all the hard work involved. It’s inspired me to continue on and hopefully one day become a primary school teacher.

“I have been a teaching assistant for five years and am continually inspired by the children and teaching staff around me. I hope they all share in this achievement I’ve been working towards.”

Annette now plans to continue her education at Sunderland as she begins her Education and Curriculum Studies (Top-Up) (BA Hons) in September.


  1. Elaine Maria Carrahar

    Fantastic achievement Annette! You have worked incredibly hard and we are all so proud of you! Well done! X

  2. O Pickering

    I agree, you have worked so diligently Annette and deserve your success.

    All the best for the future.

  3. Annette Mctavy

    Thank you so much. The support and help from everyone at St Gregorys has been amazing. I can’t thank you all enough. Xx

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