As children across the county start the new school term, Hunter Hall School in Penrith welcomes two new members of teaching staff.

Mrs Kirsty Fletcher takes up the position of Deputy Head, Year 6 leader, Head of Girls’ Games and English.  Joining her will be Mrs Ella Tarrant, who will be Head of Art, in charge of Year 2 and play a significant role in the running of Lower School.

Mrs Fletcher has been teaching for eighteen years.  She taught English in an Independent Senior School in Nottingham for eight years after studying English at Loughborough University and gaining her PGCE.   After having children, she moved to Cumbria, and worked for four years at William Howard School in Carlisle as their A Level English Coordinator.

Kirsty then transferred over to primary teaching, as she felt there was more opportunity to focus on the nurture, development and the passion for learning of pupils, and so she joins Hunter Hall after her previous role as a senior teacher and English coordinator at Calthwaite CE Primary School.

Kirsty commented,

“I was instantly struck by the warmth and friendliness of Hunter Hall, and I am eager to get started.  I love the way that Hunter Hall is a thorough preparation for life, and gives the children under its care such a wide range of opportunities to develop as people. I feel it absolutely has the right ‘priorities’ for children’s development and am looking forward to playing my part in that.”

Joining Kirsty, is Ella Tarrant who is making the move to Cumbria from Birmingham, where she previously worked as a class teacher and whole school English and MFL leader at Stanville Primary School.

Mrs Tarrant has been teaching for eleven years and achieved a BA Joint Honours in French and Italian at Leeds University and a PGCE at the University of Bedford.

Ella and her family decided to make the 190 mile move north when the exciting new opportunity arose at Hunter Hall.  They felt it would be a good lifestyle choice being avid hill walkers and that Penrith was a great place for their children to grow up.

Ella added,  “I am looking forward to being part of the Hunter Hall Team and getting to know the children. I’ve already had a glimpse of the family environment there and can’t wait to become part of that”

 Kirsty and Ella join ten new pupils beginning at Hunter Hall in the new term, so first day nerves all round for teachers and pupils alike.