I am recently retired as HT of a very successful school in Tonbridge and have a fairly extensive knowledge of what it is to be a governor. I am passionate that the educational opportunities for children should be the very best and that those involved in schools should get all the help and support necessary to make this happen. I am excited about being a governor of West Hill Primary School.
Hannah works in the Human Resource arena, specialising in Talent Management and Workforce Planning. Dartford has been home for the last 8 years and she has two children at West Hill Primary School. Hannah has a firm commitment to the role of the Governor believing that the Primary school years are the most important in a child’s education and ultimately shapes their future.
My teaching career started quite late in life following 9 years in the Derivatives world within the City of London. Realising that stocks and shares were not for me, I enrolled onto a BEd course at Southbank University. I spent my first few months as a supply teacher working in a variety of schools including a school for children with profound and multiple needs - this led to my interest in everything SEN.
Following three years York Road Junior (now known as Dartford Primary) School, I felt ready for the challenge of an inner city school and ended up teaching at my own primary school on a South East London estate. I was employed as a class teacher and took on my first role here as a SENCo. During my time at this school, I learnt the value of relationships. Every child deserves someone to believe in them, listen to them and tell them that they matter. I saw children from the toughest backgrounds learn, succeed and feel proud of their achievements. In 2004, I joined the wonderful Temple Hill Team. Little did I know that 13 years later, I would have undertaken the roles of SENCo, Deputy Head Teacher and then Head of School. I have learnt so much from the children and families of Temple Hill and from the staff around me. I am now in my second school within The Trust, West Hill, and I continue to feel privileged to be leading such a wonderful school full of potential and possibility.
Education is constantly changing and evolving; the climate can at times be uncertain. Despite this, children deserve the best. Each child is unique, each child is different, each child is special. We have a huge responsibility to ensure that every child achieves to their academic best, but also comes to school happy, motivated and safe.
‘I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put down.’ This simple play on words best describes my view of modern education. Education should be about learning from books as well as the ever increasing range of information available but it should also be fun. It should be presented to engage and it should challenge and provoke deeper thinking. I feel very privileged to have been involved in the education of many young children of Britain since 1999. Before this time I was living in Australia, attending University and working in a variety of jobs, including sales and services. Growing up in Australia has made me appreciate that you can do anything you want if you only put your mind to it. I am most inspired by the many people that don’t use excuses. I was going to end with a chemistry joke but I knew I wouldn’t get a reaction.
I have worked at West Hill Primary School since September 2013. Prior to that I worked in Private Banking for 22 years. I really like working in a school environment the change has been good for me. I love the variety of the work I get involved with and the fact that no two days are the same or what the children are going to tell me!!