School of the Month – Let’s meet the Head Teacher

Hadrian Park Primary School is our featured school this month and today our year 6 pupils interviewed the Head Teacher.

When did you get your first headship and where was it?
HPPS in September 2014 although I was acting Head teacher at Corbridge in 2013.

Did you always know that you wanted to become a teacher?
Yes deep down. Leaving school, I loved PE and working with children but I was lured into engineering because of the lucrative and favourable employment conditions.

Have you done any other jobs?
When I was 14 I delivered papers. When I was 15-16 I worked in my local corner shop during the week and a cash and carry on a weekend. I wanted to be independent.

Have you always lived in the North East?
Yes, and I love it. I wouldn’t move for world, the people are the best.

How many staff are you responsible for?
60 determined, dedicated and loyal staff.

What’s the most challenging thing about being a head teacher?
Ensuring every single pupil receives and exceptional educational experience every single day so that we can also provide a holistic and passionate approach to all of our families.

Could you guess how many students you have taught?
Around 720.

What was your favourite subject to teach?
PE and Maths.

What makes a good teacher?
Somebody who is selfless and passionate about education and shaping young minds. They must also be inspirational and aspirational.

Did you enjoy school?
Absolutely! I loved learning and seeing my friends every day. I also loved representing the school in sports.

Do you have a favourite take away meal?
No, I love all food.

Do you have any pets?
No, just a son and daughter who are high maintenance.

What really makes you scared?
The thought of letting somebody down or failing them.

What really makes you happy?
Experiencing her pupils’ success and spending time with friends/family.

At school do you have a reserved parking space?
Yes because we have such an overcrowded car-park and my job means that I attend a vast amount of meetings frequently so she can quickly get in and out.

Whilst you have undoubtedly inspired many children, who inspires you?
First and foremost, my Mam because she is the most kind, caring and loving person I have met. Also, the endless amount of pupils that I have had the pleasure to encounter, especially when they realise full potential.

For any young people reading this, why should they consider a career in teaching?
No two days are the same, children keep you on your toes and alive. The rewards of working with children is insurmountable.

Many thanks Miss Gibson.

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