BEMPTON Primary School has started the summer term with a new head teacher.
Catherine Gargan took over the role last week as school re-opened after the Easter break, having left Burton Agnes Primary School at the end of March.
In her previous job Mrs Gargan was a senior teacher, so this is a natural career progression for her. She said: “I’ve only just started here, but it’s been marvellous. The children are wonderful, and the parents I’ve met so far have been very friendly.”
Originally from Rotherham, Mrs Gargan moved to East Yorkshire in 1985 and describes herself as ‘Yorkshire, through and through’. But she is particularly happy with our corner of the county, she said: “It’s a lovely school in a lovely village, and the staff have made me feel very welcome. “There’s a family atmosphere. I’m enjoying settling in and getting to know the children and looking at plans for the future.
“Helping children to reach their potential is the most important thing.”
Mrs Gargan replaces interim head Clive Hellawell, who was at the school for two terms following the retirement of Lynn O’Reilly last July. Mrs O’Reilly had been at Bempton school since 2005.
The school will be celebrating its centenary – as well as the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics – on June 24, so Mrs Gargan has arrived at a very busy time.
Staff are still keen to hear from past pupils, so if you have any happy memories or old photographs that you would like to share, please get in touch on 01262 850508.