By Marie Nee

Mrs Marie Therese Cornes has joined St John’s Catholic Primary School in Great Haywood, part of the Holy Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Company (HTCMAC), as the new Headteacher.

Formerly serving five years as both Deputy Headteacher and Class 6 teacher at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Marie Therese is also a staff representative on the Board of Directors for HTCMAC, where she is instrumental in helping to set the strategic objectives for all eight member schools within the multi-academy company.

Marie began her career in education as a parent helper in 1992, progressing to a teaching assistant and welfare officer at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary in 1993.  In 2007 she gained fully qualified teacher status and joined St Joseph’s Primary teaching team. Joining education via this route has meant that she has experienced all angles of working in primary education, giving her a wealth of varied experience to draw upon.

Also joining Marie is Mrs Jo Shaw who takes up her role as Office Manager and who shares Marie’s vision for the future of St John’s Primary School.

Having already given the main school reception area a makeover during the Easter break to create a more welcoming atmosphere, Marie is also currently developing a new school website and working on building strong relationships with the parents, Parish and the local community.

“I believe that the home / school partnership is what matters most to a school’s success," said Marie. "I want parents to feel that I am here for them as much as the children and want to encourage good two-way communication. I hope to develop a strong and supportive school family within which all our children thrive and meet their full potential.”