Head settles in at primary school

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A NEW headteacher who has taken the reins at a Scarborough primary school has received a warm welcome by staff and pupils. Ruth Wackett took over from Stephen Clothier at the start of the new term and said she was looking for the school to build strong links with the local community as well as a productive environment for the children.

She said: “There’s a lovely environment in the school, the staff and children are all very welcoming, it’s fantastic.

“We’re concerned with being a part of the community. Were a church school so that’s part of our Christian character; we value village life, our environment and the people around us and we make the school very welcoming to any visitors.”

Mrs Wackett, originally from Leeds, has been teaching since 1985 during which time she has worked at schools in Leeds and Bradford before moving to Scarborough in 1991.

She was assistant headteacher at Barrowcliff Infants School before taking the top position at Snainton School.

Changes to improve the school are currently underway, in particular, the boys and girls toilets which are due to be refurbished in the Easter break. Pupils have been involved in the decoration and will each create a personalised tile to be fitted on the wall.

Mrs Wackett added: “We intend in the future to develop the school’s gardens and that will be open to other people in the local community and also the wider community in Scarborough.

“We’re also looking to make the curriculum really stimulating and to make a safe and secure environment for the children who are our main priority.”