New head determined to make school ‘great’

New Holme-on-Spalding Moor Primary headteacher Helen Ross.
New Holme-on-Spalding Moor Primary headteacher Helen Ross.

The new headteacher of a village primary school says she is keen to build on the school’s recent success.

Helen Ross said she is “very pleased” to have officially taken up the post at Holme-on-Spalding Moor Primary following a period of handover work with former headteacher Mark Alston and the staff team.

This summer the school was rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted, just over a year after the education watchdog judged it as ‘inadequate’.

Miss Ross said: “I am really delighted that the school was judged as good in the summer term. I am now looking forward to building on that and moving the school further forward from a good school to a great school and hopefully beyond that too.”

Miss Ross, who has worked in primary education for more than 25 years, as a teacher, headteacher and local authority adviser, was appointed at the end of May.

Since then she has worked with the former head and staff over the summer to ensure a smooth transition for the start of the autumn term.

She added: “Our aim is to provide the best education possible. We want the children to use literacy and numeracy skills with confidence, understanding and enjoyment.

“We will encourage children to find out as much as possible about the world in which we live and to enjoy a wide range of activities, games, art, music and information and communications technology.”

Miss Ross hails from the East Riding and went to school in Hessle.

She trained at Hull and then started her career in a village school before moving back to Hull to teach in two schools on Bransholme.

Her first headship was at Kinloss Primary School before moving into local authority advisory work supporting many different schools in Hull and the East Riding.

During this period she came to know the school where she is now headteacher following a disappointing Ofsted report last year.

She said: “I wanted to return to headship because I have missed being in a school with children and working as part of a school team. It wasn’t about applying to any school it was about wanting to be the head at Holme-on-Spalding Moor Primary. When I worked for the school last year I decided this is where I wanted to be.”

She added: “I have spent four weeks here and it is a pleasure to be here. The staff are a great team and the children are terrific.”