Head Teacher's Welcome
Head Teacher’s Welcome
I have been the Head Teacher here at Hill West for just over 15 years having fallen in love with the school on appointment as Deputy Head Teacher in 2004. Before taking up appointment at Hill West I worked in other Birmingham schools, one located in Kingstanding and the other in Aston and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience working with the children and families in those communities. Teaching has been a vocation for me and I began to study for my Masters Degree in 2000 which I was awarded in 2003. Passionate about education and improving the life chances of all children, once appointed as Head Teacher at Hill West I began to study for my Doctorate in Education which was finally awarded in 2012. Having studied for a number of years I then decided it was time to start my own family. Six years ago we were blessed with our wonderful daughter who has broadened my perspective on education and reinforced my philosophy that children need to be captured and engaged by their learning journey, secure in the knowledge that their teacher loves and appreciates them and believes they can achieve. Our mission here is to ensure that;
learning is fun and all children succeed
To do this we have focused on ensuring our curriculum, underpinned by the national curriculum, is exciting and challenging. Building a curriculum that is relevant and enjoyable for all of our pupils has been an exciting journey. It has meant that our pupils enjoy their lessons and make exceptionally good progress. Our end of Key Stage results are well above National Average and children leave Hill West very well prepared for the opportunities and challenges they will face in secondary school.
We have very high expectations for all of our pupils irrespective of their starting points, recognising that they will be entering a highly competitive global marketplace in unprecedented times. Our staff are dedicated and hard-working, committed to an ethos of on-going professional learning. We understand that an excellent school needs excellent staff.
We are innovative and creative and embraced the opportunity to form a learning partnership through academy status with other schools. Our multi-academy trust (also known as the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership) is a respected cross phase (primary and secondary) partnership between schools in a number of local authorities all based in the West Midlands. We work together to ensure excellence. We all share a similar philosophy of education which puts the child at the heart of everything we do thereby ensuring that our children are better placed to meet the changing demands of the 21st Century. The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership’s academies are home to more that 4,500 children and 700 staff, including outstanding headteachers and specialist and national leaders. The partnership has a strong moral purpose to improve education standards and achievements for all children in the community. By working in partnership, the ATLP can share resources, expertise and deliver quality education to make an even greater difference where it matters most.
Hill West is a vibrant school where children really love to learn. Our school is truly inclusive and every opportunity is taken to teach pupils how to value and respect each other and develop a positive self-image and the belief that with hard work, determination and commitment anything can be achieved. If you would like to visit our school please don’t hesitate to contact our school office and I will be only too happy to give you a guided tour.
Dr Beth Clarke