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Hannah Jeffs

Head of Junior School

Hannah graduated from Newcastle University in 2002 with a BA in Philosophy and Psychology, and then went on to complete her PGCE specialising in Maths. After one year of teaching in her home town of Woking, Surrey, she decided to return to the Northeast to further her studies. Whilst continuing to teach, she partook in a Masters in the Philosophy of Education, researching and trialling the most effective ways of creating a curriculum that developed lifelong skills in pupils: one that was personalised to specific interests and enhanced pupil independence in learning. She completed her studies in 2006.

Hannah had always had a passion for music and begun to direct theatrical performances at school. Seeing the impact of the arts in engaging and enthusing children in their learning, she moved to London and became the Head of Creative Arts within a central London Primary School. During this time, she built strong links with various local arts organisations, such as the Tate and Globe Theatre, and developed arts projects for pupils across all year groups focused on strong communication skills within both spoken and written English.

After having her first son in 2010, she moved to a federation of schools in South East London where she led on teacher training for newly qualified teachers. After having her second son, she became Deputy Headteacher at one of these schools, Fenstanton, before moving to Paxton Primary School where she worked for three years. During this time, she continued to lead on creativity of learning and worked with other colleagues to develop a new curriculum by which children learn through a topic-based approach.

In addition to her work in schools, she has recently delivered art and assessment training to teaching students across both Lambeth and Southwark, something which she has greatly enjoyed.

In August 2017, Hannah became the Head of the Junior School at Dulwich College Suzhou.


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