Headteacher at Badby School retirement

Badby School Headteacher Catriona Eckland with Callum Crawford ( 11 ),'Finley Purnell ( 10 ), Cara Andrews ( 9 ), George Hind ( 7 ), Esmee Lowery ( 5 ), Conie Broadhead ( 5 ), Hayden Steels ( 3 )
Badby School Headteacher Catriona Eckland with Callum Crawford ( 11 ),'Finley Purnell ( 10 ), Cara Andrews ( 9 ), George Hind ( 7 ), Esmee Lowery ( 5 ), Conie Broadhead ( 5 ), Hayden Steels ( 3 )
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THE RETIREMENT of a Badby headteacher has lead to a merry-go-round of changes at schools across the region.

Badby Primary School’s Catriona Eckland will step down at the end of term next week. Her replacement is Lindsey Evans, currently acting head at Staverton Primary School.

Staverton will now fall under the leadership of executive headteacher Sue Rigby, also in the top job at Braunston Primary School.

Mrs Eckland, who has been at Badby for three years, said: “I have been a teacher since 1974, and a headteacher for 18 years.

“It is my time now and I thought it was the right opportunity to spend time with my family and pursue other interests which I don’t normally have time for.

“It is a case of mixed feelings really. It is the end of an era but I am also very excited for the future of the school because there is a super new headteacher coming and I shall be looking forward to reading about how the school is getting on.”

She was pleased with some of the changes made during her three year tenure.

Mrs Eckaland added: “We have always had the emphasis on high quality teaching and focus on spelling, reading and writing as well as reorganising the curriculum so it is a lot more creative.

“We had the recognition from Ofsted which was always good.”

Her successor is also looking forward to the future.

Mrs Evans said: “I have been at Staverton for 12 years and it will be sad because it is a lovely school with great pupils, staff and parents. But it is a good chance for me to establish myself.”

She had been looking to make the move into one of the top jobs.

Mrs Evans added: “I finished my headteacher qualifications and I was looking for a headteacher position. I also wasn’t quite ready to give up teaching because it is something that I love.

“This was a perfect job because it is near my current school and hopefully we can improve the links between the two schools.”

The replacement for Mrs Evans is hoping parents will not see any impact due to the change.

Sue Rigby said: “The aim is that parents will not notice anything day to day. We will be running the arrangement as a trial for a year with regular monitoring by staff and governors to asses that it is working to the benefit of both schools.

“My decision to take on the Executive Headship was made because of the very positive things I knew about the school and what I have seen on my visits there.”

She also hopes that both Staverton and Braunston will see benefits from the new set-up.

Mrs Rigby added: “I am not looking to change anything that is working effectively but to build on successes.

“This is a great opportunity for two good schools to share ideas and practice so that they can both benefit from the arrangement. I am excited to have been given the chance to develop this very positive partnership.

“I want Staverton to continue to progress onwards and upwards.