ONCHAN Primary School will have a new head teacher from the start of the next academic year.
The Department of Education has announced that Jo Richardson will take over from retiring head teacher Sally Farrell on September 1.
Mrs Richardson has been head teacher at Anagh Coar Primary School for five years and has been in teaching for 20 years.
She worked for Rochdale local education authority and taught in four schools, rising to the position of acting head teacher, before returning to the Island, where she was born and educated.
Mrs Richardson said she was excited about taking on the new post at Onchan School, which has nearly 400 children on the register, but was sad to be leaving Anagh Coar.
She said: 'I am looking forward to working in a larger environment, taking on new challenges and meeting staff, parents and children I haven't yet met.
'But I will be extremely sorry to leave Anagh Coar. I am going to miss every single member of staff and I have built up fantastic relationships with parents, children and outside agencies.
'I have greatly enjoyed my time at Anagh Coar and am genuinely sad to be leaving it behind.'
Mrs Farrell, who is retiring after 10 years at the school, said she had thoroughly enjoyed her time there and would be sorry to leave such a supportive team.
'I am fortunate enough to be working with a great team of co-operative, conscientious staff who have accomplished so much for the school through their commitment to meet the needs of all our children,' she said.
'The parents, too, are most supportive and our splendid children are nothing short of the best on the Island.
'I am, however, pleased to be leaving school in the knowledge that Mrs Richardson will continue the excellent work already happening here and I wish her every success in what I am sure will be a long, happy and very productive career.'