Anna Kennedy


Life before Teesside High School

Before Teesside High I studied at both York St John and Nottingham Universities. Before teaching at Teesside High, I taught in a range of schools. I have been lucky to have taught children from nursery to Year 6.

What do you enjoy most about your subject?

In Year 2 the children embark on a steep learning curve as they prepare to make the transition into the Prep School from the Pre-Prep. I love to see their independence and confidence increase throughout the year and watch them grow into confident learners, excited by the many new challenges that they face. I like to see the smiling faces in the classroom as they prepare for new experiences. I think that the children in Year 2 are very enthusiastic about their learning and it’s great when they become engrossed in a task and the pride they show when they are successful. As a teacher it’s a great pleasure when the children succeed and want to share this with you.

What do you enjoy most about Teesside High School?

I enjoy working at Teesside High and like the family atmosphere that is present. I value the fact that we know each child as an individual, even though we may not directly teach them. It is nice to not only share their academic achievements but also their skills and successes beyond the classroom. I am also very grateful for a very talented, supportive group of colleagues who make life at THS happy and rewarding.

What is your favourite lesson?

My favourite lesson is IPC (International Primary Curriculum). I find that the topics are inspiring and engaging and offer a good breadth of study for the children. I like the fact that there is an international element to every unit of work which allows the children to gain some appreciation of their place and responsibilities in the wider global community. There are opportunities for the children to be involved in planning aspects of their learning which makes them enthusiastic for the topics covered. The topics also lend themselves to trips, as well as providing opportunities to invite visitors into school, which are always good ways to enrich the curriculum further. The IPC is not taught in many other schools in the area so this is quite a special and unique aspect of our curriculum.

What do others say about you?

I would like to think that people would say I was friendly, helpful and professional. I think they would say I was quite organised and focused when on a mission to achieve a goal! I would also hope that they would say I was caring for the children in my class.

We have been awarded ‘Excellent’ by ISI!
We are delighted to have been awarded the highest grade during a recent inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.