This week our Staff Snapshot Interview is with our fabulous School Nurse, Mrs Rushton.
Tell us about your path into your job at MHS:
I am very proud of my medical training at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. I spent 6 months specialising in acute vascular surgery then went travelling around the world which unintentionally lasted 2.5 years! I ended up singing in a band which I continued to do once back in the UK. This led me to a job in the live music events industry – I had the tough job (!) of looking after the artists on event nights, including Simple Minds, Manic Street Preachers, Oasis, Tom Jones, to name a few! I then returned to nursing at King's College London for eight years. My husband and I moved from Dulwich, London to Kent when our eldest daughter was 4 and I became a nurse in a Prep school so I could be with my children in the holidays.
What do you love most about working at MHS?
The staff - they really do care so much about the children, I have made some lovely friends here - and the homemade cheese straws for snack!
What were you like at school?
All of my reports stated I was "easily distracted".
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a nurse/paramedic - or David Bowie's wife!
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
My return to the NHS during the pandemic lockdown - it was an indescribable time and very emotional, but I have no regrets and am proud to have been on the front line in the High Dependency Unit in The William Harvey hospital - despite a patient giving me COVID which meant I spent Christmas in bed and away from my family.
What are you most excited about this term/year?
Having lived in the Boarding House and run the boarding programme for 4 years, my family and I moved back to our lovely house which we built 15 years ago! It is just wonderful to be home.
What makes Marlborough House such a special place to be?
The happy children, the beautiful grounds and the staff.
School House: Awdry
Years at MHS: This is my 6th
Unusual fact: I got through to the 3rd round of auditions on the X Factor many years ago and have danced on stage with John Bon Jovi at the old Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 people!
The book I am reading: Chase the Rainbow by Poorna Bell
Most memorable moment at MHS: The last two weeks of every Christmas term. It is just magical: silly fun, decorations, music and crazy costumes everywhere and completed with a beautiful candlelit evening Carol service at the Church.