Mark Pirrie



A new father graduates from the University of Worcester today with two degrees.


A smiling man holds his baby in a garden

Mark Pirrie, who became a father for the first time in June, completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in History, as well as a Master’s degree in Education.

“I was working as a teaching assistant (TA) at Nunnery Wood High School in Worcester and decided I wanted to train to be a teacher,” said the 35-year-old.

“I began my Master's in my final year as a TA, completing all of the six taught modules during that year. I then commenced my independent study and at the same time started my PGCE.

“Balancing the PGCE alongside the 15,000 word independent study for the Master’s was a big challenge, and it meant that my schedule was very demanding. However, I wanted to push myself and I was determined to meet the challenge head on. I received tremendous support and encouragement throughout the year, from the staff at the University and I shall always be thankful for their help and support in helping me to successfully navigate and complete an intense year.”

A few weeks after starting the PGCE Mark and his wife discovered they were expecting their first child.

“It made a busy year even busier, but it also meant that the summer was very special for my family,” Mark added.

Mark is now teaching at Trinity High School and Sixth Form Centre in Redditch. “I really hope I can have a positive effect on the lives of the children I teach,” he said. “I want to play a part in inspiring as many children as possible to create a bright future for themselves.”

Talking about today’s graduation he said: “It's the culmination of hard work, intense training, and overcoming many challenges. I am looking forward to enjoying the day with my fellow students who worked incredibly hard to reach this milestone.

“I enjoyed working and learning with my fellow students, many of whom will be life-long friends.”