New head re­veals vi­sion as school gets good marks

Accrington Observer - - NEWS - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­ @JonMacMEN

ANEW head­teacher is aim­ing to build on the ‘ex­cel­lent work’ of staff and pupils.

Rachel Dick­in­son has taken over at Hun­coat Pri­mary School, re­plac­ing Sean Crosier who left in July after eight years.

Mrs Dick­in­son pre­vi­ously served at St Peter’s Pri­mary School in Ac­cring­ton and Sa­cred Heart Pri­mary School in Church.

She told the Ob­server that she is now look­ing to ‘cre­ate and share a vi­sion’ to keep the school pro­gress­ing for­ward.

She said: “Ev­ery­body has been ex­tremely wel­com­ing, all the par­ents, staff, the chil­dren have been very wel­com­ing to me.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to see­ing the chil­dren and the school grow and de­velop and build on the ex­cel­lent work of Mr Crosier and the staff.

“[The school] was very wel­com­ing. You can feel it straight away.

“The chil­dren all spoke to me and were very chatty and very po­lite.

“I like how bright and at­trac­tive the dis­plays were and ob­vi­ously the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings.

“I would like to cre­ate and share a vi­sion with all staff, par­ents, gov­er­nors and chil­dren so we can move the school for­ward and con­stantly keep build­ing on that.”

The school’s ‘shin­ing val­ues’ and pupil be­hav­iour have also been praised by in­spec­tors.

The Of­sted watch­dog has rated Hun­coat pri­mary ‘good’ and praised their ‘dy­namic lead­er­ship and high as­pi­ra­tions’ for everyone.

In­spec­tors said the Lyn­wood Road school had main­tained the ‘good qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion’ since their last visit and that the school’s val­ues of ‘hon­esty, re­spon­si­bil­ity, co­op­er­a­tion, de­ter­mi­na­tion, re­spect, ap­pre­ci­a­tion and car­ing shine through to cre­ate a har­mo­nious and in­clu­sive com­mu­nity’.

It also said pupils are ‘po­lite, well-man­nered and take pride in their work’ and be­have ‘ex­cep­tion­ally well in lessons and around the school’.

Mrs Dick­in­son praised the hard work of her pre­de­ces­sor Sean Crosier and all the staff and pupils for the Of­sted grade.

She said: “We are happy with all of it and the gen­eral out­come.

“The staff and chil­dren worked very, very hard and we are very proud of them as a school.

“We are in a good po­si­tion to now build on the hard work and the ex­cel­lent Of­sted re­sult has helped to pro­vide that build­ing block.”

Hun­coat deputy head­teacher Lisa McCloskey with pupils cel­e­brat­ing their ‘good’ Of­sted in­spec­tion re­sult.

New Hun­coat Pri­mary head­teacher Rachel Dick­in­son.

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