Rural Ribble Valley primary school welcomes new permanent headteacher

Mrs Olga Jackson has taken over the helm of Thorneyholme RC Primary School in Dunsop Bridge, having spent five years as its junior class teacher and deputy headteacher.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 12:30 pm

And she is "privileged" to inspire, motivate and nurture children to fully achieve their true potential.

The small primary school situated in an idyllic rural location, not far from Clitheroe and its surroundings, provides many enrichment opportunities including forest learning and conservation education. It also has a silver UNICEF status recognising its commitment to embedding children's rights in the school's policy, practice and ethos.

Mrs Jackson was appointed part-time headteacher at the start of the academic year in September 2020 and since April 1st, 2021, has taken on the position of full-time headteacher.

New headteacher Mrs Olga Jackson

Speaking of her new appointment, she said: "I am delighted and honoured to have started the summer term as the full-time headteacher at Thorneyholme School.”

"My philosophy for education is one which is based around a strong child-centred approach. I believe that all children are truly amazing and have unique potential waiting to be unlocked.”

"Thorneyholme Primary is well known for being a small school, with a big welcome. It is a privilege, as both teacher and leader, to be able to inspire, motivate and nurture children to fully achieve their potential and to help them to become well-rounded citizens of our world.”

All schools are currently facing challenges brought about by the current Covid-19 pandemic. As such, Mrs Jackson explains that the mental health and wellbeing are paramount.

"One of the ways Thorneyholme has been supporting pupils is by providing extra opportunities for physical exercise and outdoor activities within their local setting," she explained. "Such activities include pupils celebrating National Curlew Day on April 21st. By walking on local tracks, neighbouring farmland and lowland fells children were able to photograph, video and sound record different birds. They learnt, from Rob and Helen Foster from the Abbeystead Estate, all about Curlews and different ways everyone can help protect this beautiful bird."

Pupils have also been provided with "self-help tools" in order to help them to deal with their new way of life during the pandemic, activities have included making felt worry purses and their own special memories-to-treasure boxes.