Headteacher to leave after 11 '˜fantastic' years

A Whitby headteacher who has spent 11 and half years at his school says he is sad to be leaving but excited to be taking on a new challenge.

Friday, 21st July 2017, 9:00 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:23 pm
Airy Hill headteacher Jim Lidgley with the year 6 leavers, Jim is leaving the school this summer after 11 years. w172901a Picture: Ceri Oakes. 19 July 2017.

Jim Lidgley has been headteacher at Airy Hill Community Primary School since January 2006, and is now leaving to take over at Northstead Community Primary School in Scarborough.

Reflecting on his time there he told the Gazette: “It has been a fantastic time, I have really enjoyed it most days.

“I have worked with some fantastic people.

“One of the major challenges I have faced is all the changes that have been made to the curriculum, but it has been a great success working with the governors, the staff and the pupils who make it all worthwhile.”

He added: “I’m excited about my new challenge but sad to be leaving after a really happy time here. I wish everyone great success going forward.

“A high point for me was our 50th year celebrations where we had a fantastic mosaic done which is a lasting tribute to the school.

“I have also really enjoyed the residential visits to places like East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre.”

Mrs Catherine Matthewman will be taking over from Mr Lidgley when the school returns from the summer holidays in September.