Ofsted-blasted school to get new headteacher

Barbara Coulton is set to become the new headteacher at St Catherine's RC Primary School in September
Barbara Coulton is set to become the new headteacher at St Catherine's RC Primary School in September
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A Leyland primary school which was criticised by Ofsted last year for its ‘weak leadership’ and ‘inadequate teaching’ is set to get a new headteacher in September.

Governors at St Catherine’s RC Primary School in Moss Lane announced that a headteacher has been secured for a two-year period, to help bring the school out of special measures.

Barbara Coulton is currently the head at Euxton St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, which was awarded the ‘outstanding’ accolade by the education watchdog at its last inspection.

Chair of governors for St Catherine’s, Josie Booth, wrote to parents: “As you are aware we recently advertised for the post of headteacher for St Catherine’s School.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to proceed to the interview stage.

“The Governing Body has now appointed Mrs Coulton as a seconded headteacher of St Catherine’s for two years.

“Mrs Coulton has worked with a number of schools in an advisory capacity to secure improvement.

“We are therefore delighted that she has agreed to accept the post in our school.”

The appointment was necessary as the headteacher of St Catherine’s has been on sick leave for some time, and an acting headteacher had to leave at the end of the last school term to take up a headship at another school.

An associate deputy head and an associate assistant head were also appointed, but they are due to leave in July as their secondments come to an end.

At the last monitoring inspection in March, Ofsted said the school was making ‘reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.’

Ms Booth said: “This is an exciting time for our school.

“We have already made great progress under the leadership of Mrs Bleasdale and Mrs Slater and we are indebted to them for their commitment and hard work. We can now look forward to a more secure time and for our school to achieve a positive outcome when next inspected.”

Mrs Coulton said: “I am looking forward to the new challenge in September, continuing the excellent work at St Catherine’s which has already had such a positive impact.

“But at the moment my focus and concentration are on my current school.”