Lynn Kidwell was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent. She has worked as a school science technician for almost fifty years (this being her Golden Jubilee year). While she has worked at Birches Head Academy, she has seen her own children and also her grandchildren come through the school and enjoy science.
She, along with other members of the science department, is responsible for Health and Safety within the department. When she started to work as a science technician things were very different; she remembers the birth of the Risk Assessment in school science when the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act came into force.
In the past she has been able to support colleagues in other local schools in their work to deliver safe science. She enjoys supporting colleagues in the Academy with their practical science activities. She has run CPD courses in-house to equip colleagues with knowledge of microscale chemistry and has supplied feedback to her colleagues when she has attended courses. Lynn has enjoyed helping to run science clubs which enable students to carry out practical activities, and has enjoyed having transition groups from local feeder schools.
It never fails to raise a smile for Lynn when students ask if they are doing a science practical that day and she says 'YES'; they are delighted. She has also been a Health and Safety Representative for the past 20+ years, and this has enabled her to make sure that colleagues and students are working and learning in a safe environment.
Outside her Science Preparation Room, Lynn enjoys spending time with her partner and family, retail therapy, and dining out with family, friends and former colleagues.