'Tireless' teacher moving to new job
THE HEADTEACHER who brought Hallgate Primary out of special measures is leaving the school for a new job.
Christine Lacey was appointed in 2009 to bring the school up to government standards.
Hallgate was taken out of special measures in April last year, with Ofsted inspectors praising the "resilience and shrewd skills" of its leadership.
Now, Mrs Lacey is to join the management team at a group of academies.
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She said: "This is an exciting career opportunity that builds on all I have learnt in leading Hallgate Primary out of special measures and my previous experience.
"I shall certainly miss working in Hallgate.
"The children at Hallgate are wonderful and deserve the very best education."
Mrs Lacey's husband was born in Cottingham and her father-in-law taught at the primary school in the 1950s.
She said: "I am pleased I was able to continue in the family tradition and lead the school through a successful phase of its life journey."
School governor Katrin McLure praised Mrs Lacey's efforts.
She said: "Mrs Lacey has done a good job and she's worked extremely hard.
"She took over just after the amalgamation of the junior and infant schools and she got us out of special measures.
"She's done a lot and we're very grateful for everything."
Deputy head Emma Leighton will take on the role of acting headteacher while the school looks for a permanent replacement.
In a letter to parents last week, chair of governors Andy Wood said: "Governors wish to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to Mrs Lacey for her tireless commitment to the school.
"We wish her every success in her future career.
"The governing body will keep you informed of developments as and when we have further information to provide you with."
Mrs Lacey's new job will be with the Tollbar Family of Academies in Grimsby.
It is a multi-academy trust responsible for overseeing three schools in Grimsby.
The head leaves Hallgate Primary tomorrow.
She said: "Tollbar is a growing company which is expanding its work into primary schools.
"I will have responsibility for supporting their improvement.
"I am pleased and confident to handover the school to my deputy who will be acting as headteacher until a permanent headteacher is selected."