Jo joined Delta in 2012 when it was known as SPTA. Prior to working at Highfields she worked at Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School. Jo worked there for five years; joining as an NQT. She did this after completing my PGCE, following ten years of working in business (research and project management). Jo joined the Senior Leadership Team as SENco, at Hatfield, in 2014. Jo then had a secondment to Highfields as Assistant Principal in June 2017 and became Head in September 2018.
Jo has strong expertise in positive behaviour management, supporting pupils with challenging behaviour and SEN - Jo has been awarded with the National SEN Coordination Award.
An average day for Jo starts at 5.30am when she gets up to walk her dog before setting off for work, arriving at about 7.30. She checks in on colleagues and then reads her emails. At 8.30am Jo goes onto the playground and speaks to parents and children, as the school opens. After this, Jo usually has meetings or is dropping in on classes. At lunch Jo is usually in the dining hall, apart from on Wednesdays when she runs gardening club and Thursdays when she run the eco-committee. In an afternoon, Jo usually supports Year 6 for an hour and then works on SEN, curriculum and strategic development for the rest of the day. At the end of the day, Jo is back on the playground ensuring that all children leave safely and then she finishes the day with CPD or meetings with colleagues. Jo then goes home to see her dog (and husband) at 6pm!
Jo is a Trusted Mentor for DMBC, which focuses on working with pupils in Y5/6 to help raise aspirations for vulnerable children.
When asked "Why Delta?" Jo said: Delta has provided me with so many opportunities that I don’t think I would have been given, so quickly, anywhere else. Talent is held in high esteem and this is really important in developing and retaining staff. We work collaboratively and I always feel that I am able to go to other people for support, as well as feeling free to offer support to others. Ideas are welcome from anyone and I think this is important in developing a positive and successful culture.