‘She is one of the very best’

A DEVOTED and caring teaching assistant from Hillcrest Community Infant School has been awarded the Standard Teacher’s Rose.

Lorraine Jupp has been a working at Hillcrest for many years, and has become renowned for her outstanding work leading intervention groups with pupils and helping with their numeracy and literacy.

We went along to take Mrs Jupp by surprise and present her with her rose.

“I’m very proud to receive this,” she said. “My grandchildren and children have all come through here and I’ve been quite here a while so this means quite a lot.”

“Every day is different here at Hillcrest, and the children are always a pleasure to work with.”

She continued: “I love the variety of things that we do through the day - you could be anywhere with any number of children.”

For the last year, Mrs Jupp has been doing a lot of intervention work in the school.

“I work with a group every morning to help them with their numeracy and literacy,” she said. “It’s all about working with smaller numbers of children per teacher to really help them learn on an individual basis.”

She added: “I’ve got quite a good relationship with the children. We’re all quite close and the staff are brilliant - I couldn’t ask for a better or more supportive team.”

“I’d just like to say a huge thank you to whoever nominated me - it’s been a pleasure to teach your children.”

Mrs Jupp was nominated by parent Samantha Gibson whose six-year-old son Callum has come a long way with her help.

“Callum has just left Year 2 and he was a bit behind with his work, and she has just made him come along leaps and bounds with his reading this year,” she said.

“She really deserves this nomination because someone needs to say thank you for all she’s done. I’m sure Callum is really going to miss her.”

Headteacher Mrs Julie McDonald said that Mrs Jupp was more than deserving of the award.

“She’s one of the best,” she said. “I have worked with her for 14 years and she’s so good at supporting the children with their learning and their reading, writing and numeracy.”

Mrs McDonald continued: “She always has a smile on her face and we never have complaints about her at all. She’s firm but fair and the children know the boundaries but the children know that they will always get 100 per cent from her.”

“The children, governors, parents and staff all think so much of her. There’s no doubt that she’s very well-respected by everyone, and I’d just like to say a large thank you very much for the support and hard work she’s given to the pupils and this school, and for being such a wonderful and positive team member.”