Barnsole Primary Trust

Case Studies

ELLIE SHEA

I studied Primary Education (BA Hons) at Canterbury Christ Church University and completed my final teaching placement at Barnsole Primary School. I was paired with an outstanding teacher; the support, coaching and mentoring that I received during this placement helped shape me into the outstanding teacher and leader that I am today.

My teaching career at Barnsole began in 2010 when I worked as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in Year 1; I quickly progressed into the role of Year Group Leader. After consolidating teaching in Year 1, I then moved to teaching Year 2 in order to challenge myself further. I also took on the role of Year 2 Leader.

I am an ambitious individual who was keen to progress further in my career by securing a whole-school leadership role. When the role of English Leader was advertised, I was successful in securing the position. I was responsible for the standards of teaching and learning and pupil outcomes in English across Barnsole School. Throughout my time as English Leader, I was always encouraged to extend my professional development and introduce new initiatives into the school. I was given the freedom to fully develop my ideas and was fully supported by the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

When the Assistant Headteacher (AHT) position became available at Barnsole, I was ready to challenge myself even further and was fully supported by SLT in my decision to apply for the role. I have been an AHT at Barnsole for eighteen months; I feel empowered and am embracing the new challenges that lie ahead.

In May 2017, Barnsole Primary School became a member of Barnsole Primary Trust. (BPT) This gave me the opportunity to work across schools within the Trust, introducing and developing new projects. This has now also allowed me to develop my career further and move across to work in my role as Assistant Headteacher in another school within BPT.

REBECCA GATLAND

Almost ten years ago, I joined the Barnsole Primary School team as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). Since then, I have experienced many changes and each one has enabled me to learn, develop and progress further in my career.

I began my teaching career in Year 1 and found my first year at Barnsole to be both challenging and rewarding. I was quick to realise what a supportive team the staff at Barnsole are. Following my NQT year, I taught in Year 2 for a number of years and was responsible for leading the children through their Statutory Attainment Tests (SATs). This was extremely beneficial as I became aware of exactly what was expected of the children and what I needed to do to in order to help them achieve their full potential.

Having always preferred to teach in Key Stage 1 (KS1), I was asked if I would consider making the transition to Key Stage 2 (KS2) to teach in Year 6. This was a huge step as I had limited experience of upper KS2. Having said this, I accepted, and spent a number of years teaching in Year 6 which I absolutely loved. It was a challenge but again, working as part of a supportive team made the teaching and learning so much easier and enjoyable. I worked relentlessly within my team to improve outcomes across Year 6. As a result of this hard work, the Year 6 team saw pupil outcomes significantly improve. I also became the Year Group Leader when working in Year 6 which was a huge responsibility but one that I really enjoyed.

Two years ago, the opportunity arose to become the English Leader at Barnsole. I did not hesitate in applying and was successful in securing the post. Since being English Leader and in turn becoming part of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), I have learnt how to effectively lead, manage and support colleagues in the ultimate drive for raising standards.

I currently teach in both Year 4 and Year 6 and am a mentor for Teach First Participants. This experience has given me the opportunity to both train and develop colleagues in their role as class teachers; something I have also found very rewarding.

Working at Barnsole Primary School has allowed me to progress in my teaching career. There is a supportive culture at Barnsole where colleagues are on-hand to listen, encourage and help you achieve your goals.