New headteacher to build on school success

MHRA-26-05-12 Mayday May64''Crick Primary School,Current headteacher Welcomes Mrs Julie Neill who takes over in September.
MHRA-26-05-12 Mayday May64''Crick Primary School,Current headteacher Welcomes Mrs Julie Neill who takes over in September.

THE headteacher at Crick Primary School has announced she is leaving after seven years in the top job.

Jan James has revealed she will be retiring and the children got to meet her replacement Julie Neil at the school’s May Day celebrations on Saturday.

Mrs James said: “I made the decision to retire because I think it is time for a change, to step down and let someone else take the school forward.”

She has been teaching at primary schools in Northamptonshire for more than 30 years and became headteacher at Crick in 2005.

The school, which has 143 pupils, has been graded consistently good in recent inspections by Ofsted.

Mrs James said: “I think one of the things that I am really pleased with is that we have managed to keep a lot of the village traditions going.

“For instance, we have the May Day celebrations and try and make a contribution to the wider community.

“I think it is important for the primary school to play a role in a village like Crick.

“The other thing that I am very proud of is boosting the school’s eco club because it tells the children so much about looking after the environmen but also about friendship and working as a team.”

She will be leaving at the end of the summer term.

Mrs James added: “It will give me a chance to spend some more time with my family and I will probably be looking to do some teaching but not at the same level or intensity. I really enjoy yoga so it would be nice to teach that. But other than that, it will be nice to enjoy my retirement.”

Mrs Neil, who will be taking over in September, travelled from her home in Northern Ireland to be at the May Day celebrations. She is currently principal of a primary school in Armoy, County Antrim.

Mrs James added: “There were a lot of children who were very intrigued beforehand, wondering what she was like.

“I have had conversations with her about how things are at the school but I am looking forward to seeing what she will do. I think she will make the school better and perhaps Ofsted judge the school outstanding.”

Mrs Neil said: ‘I am really looking forward to joining in September and getting to know the whole school community.  This will be a new challenge for me and I intend to embrace it with all my energy.”