The Happiest School in the UK | Three Bridges Primary | Jeremy Hannay Interview with Steve Waters

On Wednesday, 18th September the School Mental Health Group, in partnership with the Teach Well Alliance visited Three Bridges Primary School in Southall, West London. Jeremy Hannay, the Headteacher, had generously offered to be video interviewed on staff wellbeing and mental health. We wanted to show that, in Jeremy’s own words, ‘There is another way’ to reduce staff stress, promote development and achieve excellent results.

We were able to explore the school and to soak in the joyful learning environment. From lifesize figures in papier-mâché in the corridors (my favourite was Jack and the Beanstalk which was as tall as two flights of stairs) to ongoing learning suspended on A1 sheets on a washing line, to notes on whiteboards – the displays showed that a love of learning, creativity and knowledge is in the DNA of the school.

As you watch the interview, focus on three areas:

1) What has Jeremy Hannay done to reduce teacher workload and increase impact?
2) What has replaced high-stakes accountability at Three Bridges?
3) How has the school achieved excellent results in one of the most deprived areas in the country?

Three Bridges was inspected in June 2019 and was judged to be outstanding in all categories.

The Happiest School in the UK | Three Bridges Primary | Jeremy Hannay Interview with Steve Waters

On Wednesday, 18th September the School Mental Health Group, in partnership with the Teach Well Alliance visited Three Bridges Primary School in Southall, West London. Jeremy Hannay, the Headteacher, had generously offered to be video interviewed on staff wellbeing and mental health. We wanted to show that, in Jeremy's own words, 'There is another way' to reduce staff stress, promote development and achieve excellent results.

We were able to explore the school and to soak in the joyful learning environment. From lifesize figures in papier-mâché in the corridors (my favourite was Jack and the Beanstalk which was as tall as two flights of stairs) to ongoing learning suspended on A1 sheets on a washing line, to notes on whiteboards - the displays showed that a love of learning, creativity and knowledge is in the DNA of the school.

As you watch the interview, focus on three areas:

1) What has Jeremy Hannay done to reduce teacher workload and increase impact? 2) What has replaced high-stakes accountability at Three Bridges? 3) How has the school achieved excellent results in one of the most deprived areas in the country?

Three Bridges was inspected in June 2019 and was judged to be outstanding in all categories.