A NEW head teacher for Peel Clothworkers School has been announced.
Anna Jackson, deputy head teacher of the Peel school will take over as head teacher in September 2013, the Department of Education and Children has confirmed.
She succeeds Simon Jones, who has led the school for four years and who retires in the summer after 31 years in teaching, 23 of them as a head teacher.
Mrs Jackson said: ‘Peel is a marvellous place to live and work.
‘I love the Manx culture and heritage of the community and have thoroughly enjoyed island teaching with many excellent colleagues, great children and supportive parents and governors.
‘Having taught at Clothworkers’ for the past few years, I am delighted to be taking on the role of head teacher, building on strengths and continuing to educate Peel’s youngsters in a tradition which dates back 400 years in the city.’
Manx raised and educated, Mrs Jackson graduated from Edge Hill University College with a specialist degree in primary education.
She started her teaching career at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Douglas and then moved to Ballacottier Primary School.
She became acting deputy head teacher at Ballacottier after two years.
Four years’ leadership and management training prepared Mrs Jackson for the next step in her career – that of deputy head at Peel Clothworkers, a post she has successfully fulfilled for the past three and a half years.
Her personal interests include ballroom dancing, swimming, theatre and restaurants.
She enjoys family life in Peel with her husband and young daughter.
Peel Clothworkers’ School has 328 children on the register.
Mr Jones said highlights of his time as head teacher had included working with the Parents, Teachers and Friends’ Association to create an adventure playground and a library, accompanying children on the annual visit to Kingswood Adventure Centre in England, and continuing to teach regularly.
He plans to go surfing, take up yoga and write poetry. In 2013 he will climb Kilimanjaro and, the following year, will walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats with an old school friend, raising money for Oxfam.
Professionally, he is setting up as a freelance educational consultant and will offer his services both in the island and abroad.