As pupils from across Eden arrive back at Hunter Hall School this September, they welcome two new members of the team who have taken up teaching posts at the school.
Georgina Griffiths, who will be taking on the role of Key Stage one co-ordinator and Foundation Stage Manager. She will be teaching the Reception and Year 1 class. Georgina has moved to Cumbria, from Swindon in Wiltshire, where she was the Assistant Head.
Georgina comments, “I am really looking forward to becoming part of a new ‘school family’ at Hunter Hall, as I feel passionate about being part of a team and getting to know my children and their families really well. I also can’t wait to be working in a school with such wonderful surroundings, as I can already see that Hunter Hall is a very special place.”
Georgina achieved qualified teacher status in 1994, after studying for four years at Reading University, gaining a B.Ed. with Honours; specialising in 3 to 7 year olds. She then went on to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development for Early years in 2003.
Laura Westgarth, is a more familiar face at the school, after undertaking her teaching placement in Year 2 and Year 5 at Hunter Hall, when she was completing a Postgraduate Certificate of Education at the University of Cumbria.
Prior to this, Laura, achieved a degree in Coaching and Sports Development at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013, followed by completing a research masters in 2014. She then went onto work for the Cumbrian SPAA Foundation coaching sport in various primary schools around Cumbria.
Laura now takes up the role of Year 3 teacher and Head of Girls Games; a very fitting role as Laura has played county badminton since she was 10; captaining the squads at each age group and has been Cumbria Junior County Champion 7 times.
Laura stated, “After completing my placement at Hunter Hall I knew that the school was a special place that I fit into extremely well, which is why I am so excited to be given the opportunity to join the staff, parents and children at the school. I am hoping with all my sporting expertise I can inspire the children the way I was inspired when I was younger.
“I want to show my pupils what an important discipline sport is alongside the academic curriculum and that if you work hard in school at your academic studies and play hard outside of it during sporting sessions, the rewards can be great!”
Georgina and Laura have started the new school term in earnest, alongside their new pupils. Hunter Hall has also had the highest number ever of new starters to nursery this September; the reputation of the school and results achieved ensuring a consistent number of pupils enter the school each year. However class sizes continue to remain small, ensuing they are big enough to achieve results, but small enough to care individually for each of their pupils.
Hunter Hall School will be hosting an Open Event from the 3rd to the 7th October, in which they invite children and parents to come and have a look around the school and meet the team. Please see website for more information or ring the school office directly on 01768 891291