Aimee Franklin

Aimee Franklin
Head of Learning - Upper School

A little bit about myself

My Cliffdale journey started in September 2015 in Lion Class; having taught Maths at Redwood Park School for three years. Teaching at a primary school had always appealed to me and with lots of opportunities to be creative (and a little bit messy too!) so when a position came up here I couldn’t say no.

I love working at Cliffdale, every day is different and we have so much fun. I can’t imagine working anywhere else. This year, I am teaching in Flamingo Class, which is great because I love the colour pink! My classroom is very pink this year! I am the subject lead for PSHE and also work closely with the School Council. This year I have taken on a new challenge and recently accepted the role as Head of Learning for Upper School.

I have lived in Portsmouth for the last 12 years, having grown up on the Isle of Wight. I like living here; it’s close to my family on the Island but there is also lots to do here too! Family and friends are very important to me and I like to spend as much time with them as I can. I have a cat called Luna who is a bit of a princess! I enjoy running and keeping fit; recently completing the Brighton Marathon. Running along Southsea Seafront on a beautiful sent morning is the best feeling and a real stress reliever! I am doing up my house at the moment, so spend a lot of spare time upcycling furniture and visiting charity shops for bargains!

What excites me about my role?

I really enjoy working as part of the Solent Academies Trust and especially here at Cliffdale. There are lots of exciting things happening here and I feel so privileged to be part of it moving forward. I am passionate about improving outcomes for children with Special Needs and I want to give them the best possible learning opportunities, not just in my class but in Upper School too. There is always so much to celebrate here. I am proud to say I work at Cliffdale and to be part of a class team and also working with staff across the school. The staff and children are fantastic and are what makes the school as outstanding as it is. Part of my role is mentoring trainee teachers; and when I work alongside them it’s great to see how enthusiastic and passionate they are about working with children and young people with SEN. I always feel proud when trainees apply some of the strategies we use at school in their other placements, in particular the use of symbols and our Bubbles Ethos. As one of our class songs says ‘Cliffdale Primary is a cool place’, and it is true