My name is Anthony Rae and I am the Executive Headteacher here at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School at the request of the school’s Governing Body, the Diocese and Trafford School Improvement Service.
I am not a stranger to this wonderful school – I actually started my teaching career here (33 years ago!) as a newly qualified teacher in 1984. It was a fantastic place to start my teaching and I have always held special memories of my time here. I actually lived in a caravan at the bottom of Lock Lane, (Inglewood, I think it was called. It’s gone now.)
In 1993 I came back to Partington for 3 and a half years to be the Deputy Headteacher at Partington Primary School (now Partington Central Academy). I possibly taught some of you!
And here I am again – this time as your Headteacher from January until the end of the summer term 2018.
I am Executive Headteacher because the previous Headteacher has left and an advert has gone out to recruit a new Headteacher, hopefully in time for September 2018.
I already have my own school, Seymour Park Community Primary School. (www.seymourpark.com) This is an ‘Outstanding’ school in Old Trafford and I am incredibly proud of our achievements. Seymour Park is a lead school in Trafford Teaching School Alliance (www.ttsa.co) and is also a National Support School.
I am excited to be at Our Lady of Lourdes and am spending time with the staff looking at how we can make sure that the school becomes the best it possibly can be. I am impressed with the children’s enthusiasm for learning, sense of fun, polite manners and respectful attitude.
I try hard to be available and accessible so let me know if you want to see me.
I am very supported already by the staff and governors, especially our wonderful Acting Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Natalie Gaulton and Chair of Governors, Mr Martin Moran.
Father Ned is our Parish Priest; he is an integral part of life at our school. He is very welcoming and is delighted with the progress that the school is making.
Anthony S Rae
National Leader of Education