Bolton School Junior Girls

Teacher Profile: Joanne Hornby

Name:   Joanne Hornby

Age:     36

Year/subject/school: Specialist Primary French & Spanish Teacher at Bolton School Junior Girls

Family: Daughter to two supportive parents, Sister to James, Wife to Richard and Mum to Madeleine age 6 and William age 3

Education: I studied at Bolton School, read Modern Foreign Languages at Durham University and had a career in Advertising with an International French company before following my dream of becoming a teacher.

Something readers should know: I choreograph for a local Amateur Theatre Society (unashamed plug for Rent by Five Saints ATC on this October at the Bolton Little Theatre!) and danced as a bubble for Princess Diana at the opening of Bolton School’s Arts and Conference Centre in 1993!

What or who encouraged you to choose teaching as a career?: My Dad, a kind hearted retired teacher who chooses to find the absolute best in everyone and the positive side to every event, completely DIScouraged me from becoming a teacher. My brother James, a secondary music teacher, was profiled here a few months ago and so our parents will be pleased to see that on this particular occasion of not following their advice, has actually landed us both positively in the paper.

What has been your most satisfying moment in the classroom?: 120 girls all singing and all dancing about fish in Spanish!

What are you looking forward to this year?  Hearing back from the girls after their Summer holidays and finding out that they used their new language skills to make a new friend and order ice creams in Spanish and actually receive what they ordered!

What do you enjoy about teaching: I am passionate about Primary Languages and love the look on children’s faces when they have grasped a new word, tried out a strange new sound and made links between the target Language and their own.



Joanne Hornby