Former Sprowston Junior pupil goes back to school – as a teacher

Stephen Brown who will be joining his childhood school - Sprowston Junior School in September as a t

Stephen Brown who will be joining his childhood school - Sprowston Junior School in September as a teacher. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

When he first set foot in the school he was a pupil – excited to be starting at junior school.

Now, 24-year-old Stephen Brown is excited to be taking the reins of class 3B in September in his former stomping ground.

A pupil at Sprowston Junior School from 1998 until 2002, he has been working at the school for six years, starting as a teaching assistant .

He has now undergone a year of training to become a fully qualified teacher at the school.

'Everyone at the school has been completely supportive from the start, I just cannot wait to start now.'

You may also want to watch:

Going from sitting in front of the white board in rooms where he was taught to standing in front of a whole class doing the teaching was a bit of an odd experience at first.

'In the first few weeks it was a bit strange to be around teachers who taught me as a child.

Most Read

'To now to call them colleagues was a big change but you soon get used to it and grow into the role.'

After building up to the moment of having a class of his own for so long, Mr Brown is now relishing the opportunity to get on with the job of teaching.

'I am looking forward to making a difference to children's lives.

'I look back to when I was at school and remember every teacher I was taught by and to have the same responsibility is why I want to teach.'

Mr Brown paid thanks to Caroline Willis who supported him through his teacher training.

'There is no way I would be where I am now without her support and guidance.'

He also thanked the headteacher, Janine Wye, who was in charge when he was a pupil and who was the person who gave him the job.

Mr Brown has met the class he will be teaching from September and now has the summer holidays to get ready for the year ahead.

Do you have a story about Sprowston? Call reporter George Ryan on 01603 772748 or email

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter