Jill Martin joined this school as TVEI* Co-ordinator in the summer of 1990. She became Deputy Head in 1994. David Barrs was appointed at the same time from another school. In 2005 the school experienced the tragic death of the then headteacher, Bob Reed.
“A beacon of inspiration for all the children” (Sixth Form student)
Sharing the same values and passion for the Anglo European School, it was an easy decision for them to suggest becoming co-headteachers of the school. This was a pioneering move by the school’s Governing Body that captured the imagination of other schools and has been replicated elsewhere.
“She is really supportive and a generally nice person. I will miss her special touch to the Anglo family” (Sixth Form student)
Jill began her teaching career at King Harold School in 1977 as a probationary teacher. She held various posts including Head of History and Head of Sixth Form before moving to the Anglo. She is a history teacher by training and, as a Co-head, has continued to teach her subject. Whilst at the Anglo she has also served on the National Teacher Research Panel and undertook a secondment in the Teacher Education department at Anglia Ruskin University.
“Whenever I see her she always says hello” (Sixth Form student)
Jill has developed exceptionally supportive relationships with staff; she acts as a compassionate, listening ear and a critical friend through continuous professional dialogue. She makes a point of being visible, available and approachable; fostering an atmosphere of collaboration, teamwork and mutual support. One colleague mentored by Jill, as a newly qualified teacher, said “I have Jill to thank for so much of my teaching career. She has given me guidance, confidence and support throughout my career from the very start when she was my mentor to where I am now.”
Jill has always been driven by the needs of children and she sets very high expectations both of the students and the staff that teach them. She epitomises the cliché “firm but fair”. Her open, honest and frank style has endeared her to succeeding generations of Anglo staff and students. Fundamentally, Jill cares. She cares about the children under her care, she cares about the Anglo and its unique mission and she cares about her staff.
“Mrs Martin is the voice of the Anglo family and she’ll be missed by all students” (Sixth Form student)
The Anglo has strong foundations and, with David, Jill has set the school on a course whereby it will continue to set a standard for education which is distinctive, innovative and highly relevant to the modern world in which we live. All good things come to an end and, whilst Jill may be ‘history’, her values and passion will leave an endearing legacy on the Anglo and all who will work and learn here in the future.
It is no surprise that Jill was our Jack Petchey Leader Award Winner 2015.