A Scarborough teacher has returned as headteacher to the school she taught at as a student 16 years ago.
Sue Bland is delighted to be back at the Thomas Hinderwell Academy as she says it “holds a special place in her heart”.
Mrs Bland took up the post just after Easter and has now completed her first half term at the school in Seamer Road.
She said: “It’s going really well - I love it here. It’s been a busy half term, getting to know the children and settling in.
“It’s like coming back home. I’ve been made to feel very welcome.”
Before taking up the role, Mrs Bland was deputy headteacher at Burlington Infants School in Bridlington.
She said quite a bit has changed at Thomas Hinderwell since she was last at the school, with a new build on site which wraps around the existing building.
Mrs Bland explained: “The classroom I taught in is still there, just as it was. But now there’s a modern front entrance and a fabulous ICT suite.
“It’s a lovely environment to work in and a big improvement.”
The school has also become an academy in partnership with the David Ross Education Trust, which has brought about new opportunities for the school and its pupils.
Mrs Bland said: “The thing that really excites me is the enrichment opportunities. The children get to do all sorts of things they would not normally get to do.”
For example, youngsters got to take part in a Shakespeare Festival and a Summer Cup sports day last year with Dame Kelly Holmes.
Mrs Bland added: “We’re also trying to develop a relationship with the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
“The David Ross Trust provides funding for extra opportunities and has a wide range of contacts, which is something new having not worked at an academy before.”
However, the main thing that has impressed Mrs Bland so far has been the children.
She said: “The children are lovely. They are hardworking and come to school with a smile on their face.
“I’ve had a stream of children of excited children at my door wanting to show me things they’ve made.”