SCHOOL OF THE MONTH

“Our School of the Month this month is the fantastic Battle Hill Primary School, I popped in and asked, Head Teacher Miss Jobey a little bit about her school.

On behalf of our Governors, staff and pupils, I would like to welcome you to Battle Hill Primary School.

In my first year as head, I feel privileged to be leading such a wonderful team of staff, who have a shared vision; work tirelessly to provide our children with positive school experiences; meet the needs of every child, providing a safe, secure and stimulating environment and continue to develop the outstanding relationships that exist with our pupils and community.

We have established an extremely special learning community here at Battle Hill, with our children, their wellbeing and their learning at the heart of it. Our teachers focus on raising aspirations, raising achievement and raising happy, sociable young learners who are proud to attend their school and we celebrate on a daily basis the individual and collective efforts of our children.

Possibility, Enrichment, Emotional Awareness and Community

Our aim is that our curriculum provides all pupils with opportunities to reach their full potential and develop the life-long skills needed to make positive contributions to their community and wider society. The provision of a broad, rich curriculum ensures that pupils leave our school fully prepared for future education and careers, with the firm belief that potential possibilities are unlimited.

Let’s find out more about the Head Teacher, I asked her some questions …………..

When did you get your first headship and where was it? This is my first year as Headteacher. I was Deputy Headteacher for seven years, before being appointed Headteacher from September 2022. I’m not going to say it’s been easy as we’ve had an Ofsted inspection and a high number of staff Covid cases, however it has been our first full year back in school after an extremely challenging three years and I can’t tell you how delighted I am to welcome parents, carers and visitors back into school.

Did you always know that you wanted to become a teacher? No, I always wanted to work with animals. I was and still am passionate about nature and animal rights.

Have you done any other jobs? I worked in a hairdressers in Whitley Bay when I was 14. I worked 9 hours a day for just over a fiver! Then I worked in Timpsons in Eldon Square and then Richard Shops until I was 16. When I left school I worked fulltime for Lloyds Bank and stayed there for 17 years.

Have you always lived in the North East? Born and bred. I was born in Willington Quay Infirmary and was brought up at Billy Mill. I even went to University in Newcastle. When I had my own family, I moved the coast and have never left the sea since. It’s my favourite place to be!

How many staff are you responsible for? We have 60 plus staff working at Battle Hill Primary.

What’s the most challenging thing about being a head teacher? I think it has to be work/life balance. I find it difficult to switch off and stop working.

Could you guess how many students you have taught? It must be in excess of 500….

What was your favourite subject to teach? I love maths and science. I had an amazing maths teacher at school and I think that can influence how you feel about a subject. I enjoy the practical side of both subjects. Over the years I have enjoyed teaching netball as an extra curricular club. I’m very competitive and loved taking my teams to compete. I’m a firm believer that you need to be ‘in it to win it’. Not all children enjoy or may struggle with Maths or English, but they might excel in PE so why not show off those talents and skills, after all life is competitive.

What makes a good teacher? That’s difficult. I have met a lot of fantastic teachers over the years and it’s just something you can’t put your finger on. It’s the positive relationships they have with the children, their quest for each child not only reaching their full academic potential, but developing them as a whole person, while recognising and developing their interests and talents. And obviously their ability to make lessons engaging and fun. A good teacher cares!

Did you enjoy school? I loved school and the social life that came with it. I wish I had known then, what I know now. Enjoy it while you can, because it doesn’t last forever.

Do you have a favourite take away meal? I do like Indian food, but have to admit I’m one of those boring people who never tries anything new and never has anything too hot or spicy.

Do you have any pets? Oh yes ! I have always had dogs – German Shepherds. I currently have a 6 year old called Callie and she NEVER leaves my side. I couldn’t imagine not having a dog.

What really makes you scared? Small spaces.

What really makes you happy? My family, friends, dogs and being near the sea.

At school do you have a reserved parking space? No.

Whilst you have undoubtedly inspired many children, who inspires you? I taught a child in Year 6 many years ago and while she was in my class she became very ill. It turned out she has a rare, life-threatening illness – one which not a lot is known about, so currently there is no cure. She has nearly died on several occasions, but she (and her family) never give up living life to the full. She has grasped life by the horns. Despite limited eye sight now, she goes to university. Her bravery and determination are second to none. I still keep in touch with her and her family.

For any young people reading this, why should they consider a career in teaching? It’s hard, demanding and despite what people think, we don’t get 13 weeks a year holiday. However, I love my job and the impact you have on so many lives makes all the hard work worthwhile. I have had the privilege to teach some amazing young people and that makes me proud! I have laughed (a lot), cried (a lot) and enjoyed every minute of it. It definitely is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world!

Any thing else that you would like our visitors to know? Dogs see in black, white and grey as they’re colour blind.

Many thanks Ruth, come back to Wallsend Online tomorrow to find out more about the people that make Battle Hill Primary School so fantastic.”