Meet the Head

Jenifer HillmanMiss Jenifer Hillman... In her own words:

I studied education at Durham University, which gave me an excellent grounding for my formative teaching years. I specialised in English and drama, which have continued to be my main loves ever since and I continue to enjoy writing, producing and directing plays for children.

After two years of travelling, I returned to the UK in 1992 and started my career in a small school in Seaford, Sussex, my home town. I then moved to Sibton Park School in Kent, which was particularly special as it had its own stables. Every week, children from my class would go riding at break times, I took advantage of the facility too and learned how to trot, canter and jump (on a horse!).

In 1995 I took six months off to complete a covered wagon trek that I had organised for Save the Children Canada, during which we travelled across the Canadian prairies raising money for the charity.

I returned to England and finished the year at Sibton before moving onto Orwell Park School in Suffolk. I taught there for 17 years and was promoted to Head of Pre-Prep in 2005. As well as completing an MA from the University of Leicester, I became an Early Years inspector in 2010, a role that I find challenging and inspiring. It enables me to stay at the forefront of educational thinking in Early Years.

I arrived at Farleigh Pre-Prep in September 2013 and have not looked back.

The Pre-Prep has a special welcoming, atmosphere that I love to be part of. The staff work hard to give excellence to the children and to encourage a love of learning through creative learning. Every day is different, whether I am teaching drama to Kindergarten with the help of 'Greeny' my puppet dinosaur, reading with Reception children, visiting Winnie the Witch's cave with Year 1 or mixing potions to cure the plague with Year 2 on Castles Day, I continue to love the day to day buzz of working with young children and being part of their learning.