Hayley Carrier – Head Teacher
My first experience of The Orchards, was as a pupil in the Nursery class in 1989, when the school was called Ley Hill Primary School. I was then lucky enough to be offered a job here in 2006, as a Newly Qualified Teacher. During the following 11 years, I have undertaken a variety of roles within the school including PE leader, ICT Leader, Phase Leader and Assistant Head Teacher, among many others! Between 2010 and 2012, I worked for the Local Authority as a Key Stage 1 moderator; a role which taught me an awful lot about the importance and value of accurate assessment.
I was blessed with a beautiful daughter in 2012, and not long after returning to The Orchards from maternity leave, I was given the opportunity of becoming Acting Head Teacher. I can honestly say that I adore my job! Having been a former pupil and long-standing member of staff, I have a real vested interest in the children, families and community that we serve. From my own experience, I know that anything can be achieved if you work hard enough at it, regardless of your starting point. High aspirations are a plus, but quality education from both families and teachers, is essential in allowing every child to love learning and become the very best that they can be. This vision statement drives my pursuit of excellence for our school, and forms the very basis of The Orchards’ ethos.
My experience of teaching Key Stage 1 for many years, as well as the invaluable experience of being a Mother of a young daughter, has given me a real passion for developing provision in the Early Years. I am a firm believer in the importance of a solid foundation for a secure future.