A former sports teacher is thriving in her new role at a Chorley school.
Julie Heaton, who has been at St Michael’s CE High School, on Astley Road, since 1982, is delighted and humbled to have been selected as the Performing Art College’s latest head teacher.
Having taken over from Christopher Bagguley, after around six years as deputy headteacher, Mrs Heaton is hopeful of enhancing on the Christian values, which are at the very heart of the school.
Mrs Heaton said: “Christopher Bagguley’s shoes are big shoes to fill.
“It has been fabulous so far - the support I have had from pupils, staff, governors and parents has been overwhelming.
“The school believes in excellence within a Christian context, and I want to maintain and enhance that for everyone who comes here.
“Every child is special and unique, and they have all got talents.
“It is down to the school to let these children grow to be the best that they can be.
“My heart and soul is in this job.”
As well as developing a Christian ethos, the new headteacher is also keen to continue creating an enjoyable learning environment for the pupils.
She said: “I hope that children can find joy in learning, which will not just last their time at St Michael’s, but throughout their lives as well.
“Exam success is very important, as a key that opens doors to the student’s futures.”
As part of Mrs Heaton’s appointment, the school’s website, www.saint-michaels.com, is currently undergoing development.
To contact the school ring 01257 264740.