THE new headteacher of Alnwick’s St Michael’s C of E First School has spoken of her delight after taking on the role, and admitted: “It has surpassed all my expectations already.”
Debbie Boughen started after Easter, having taken over from Sally Lamb, who ended her seven-year tenure at the school earlier this year.
And the 47-year-old says she is ‘very impressed’ with what she has inherited.
“The school is just lovely,” she told the Gazette.
“There is a great staff team and the children are lovely and have made me feel really welcome.
“Sally did an outstanding job here and I want to build on what she did.”
Mrs Boughen has started a weekly newsletter, as well as introducing star of the week certificates to reward pupils’ achievements.
“I have done it in two previous schools and it has been a real hit with the children and parents. It celebrates what children are doing well and reinforces what we expect from them,” said Mrs Boughen, who is currently living in Wooler and moved up from Skipton.
She has two daughters and is married to Rob, 46.
She has been teaching for more than two decades and comes to Alnwick from her previous role as headteacher at Bradford’s Wilsden Primary School.
The beauty of north Northumberland was one of the pulls for her.
“I love the area,” she said.