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Returning to Hymers: Jayke Hartley

Jayke studied at Hymers College from 2005 until 2012 before returning to work at Hymers College in 2020 as Head of Biology
15 Mar 2023

What do you remember of being a student at Hymers?

I remember a positive atmosphere that really encouraged learning; the Hymers culture raises the bar for what a student believes they are capable of. As well as this, I really enjoyed the extra-curricular opportunities, spending most days playing rugby on the magnificent school grounds. The quality of teaching and coaching helped equip me with the life skills I value today.

What did you do after leaving school?

After leaving the Sixth Form in 2012, I went on to study Biology at the University of Manchester. Graduating in 2015, I worked in sales before being employed by Student Finance England to tour the country and present to sixth form students the financial support options that were available to them at university. Having thoroughly enjoyed working with young people I gained teaching experience at Skegness Academy, before completing my teacher training through the University of Hull and Wolfreton School. After my training year I was lucky enough to be employed by Wolfreton and spent four years as a Science Teacher there. I jumped at the opportunity to apply for Head of Biology at Hymers and have thoroughly enjoyed working here since September 2020.

What is your role at Hymers College?

I am now the Head of Biology, responsible for academic success within the subject. I am lucky to lead a team of teachers that always bring experience, knowledge and innovation. I have enjoyed leading regular trips to Filey Brigg, RSPB Bempton and the Cranedale Centre in North Yorkshire; currently we are planning a two-week residential trip to the Cloud Forest and marine sites of Honduras. Alongside biology, I am involved with coaching the U15 rugby squad and thoroughly enjoy the mix between academic and co-curricular.

You replaced Mr Peter Roberts who was retiring, what are your memories about him when you were a student?

Just a really nice fella and excellent biologist. Full of knowledge and could complete a crossword quicker than anyone I've seen. Really enthusiastic on school trips.

How does it feel to be back at school?

When starting in September 2020, it was a little strange calling your teachers, who are now colleagues, by their first name! However, the move has been very positive and I have settled back in very easily. I am delighted to be giving back to the school and feel very privileged to be able to contribute to the first-class education of future generations; the same that I was lucky enough to receive.

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