Andrea Bettridge, Deputy Head & Year 4 Teacher
I joined Bridgewater Primary School in 2013 when it first became a Primary School. I have worked in Year 2, 3 and 4 and I have enjoyed teaching all of these year groups. Prior to joining Bridgewater I worked in a junior school in Luton and before this an Educational Support Centre in St Albans. In a previous life, I was a police officer for 17 years and I feel very lucky to have been able to commit myself passionately to two worthwhile careers.
I love the community spirit and parental involvement at Bridgewater and I have been very lucky to have such supportive parents over the last few years. I enjoy inviting parents into my classroom to share the excellent work that their children produce. We have also recently invited parents into our Music Assemblies to perform and this has been very inspirational for the children. From helping at sporting fixtures to planting seeds at gardening club, 'Team Bridgewater' are a united family.
My mother once said when I was about 8 years old, 'It is a shame that Andrea can't sing because she knows the words to all of the songs!' Well, I still can't sing, but somehow I manage to get the children to sing beautifully and I lead Music assemblies once a week. These are always uplifting occasions and if parents are ever in school on a Music Assembly day, they are very welcome to attend. We are very proud to have been awarded the Music Mark for our commitment to Music provision at Bridgewater.
I have many memorable moments from my time as a teacher, such as breaking my ankle whilst supporting a girl from my class at Cross Country and winning a dramatic cup final with penalty shoot outs with my year 4 girls last year. I also loved the atmosphere at Wembley Stadium when many 'Team Bridgewater' families joined me to watch the Women's FA cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea.
I was appointed as Deputy Head in September 2018 and I am enjoying this role immensely. I am looking forward to helping to lead the school as we become a full Primary school, whilst still teaching in Year 4.