News and events News New Headteacher takes up role at top primary school St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery in Brewood is delighted to announce the appointment of Justine Lomas as its new Headteacher and Executive Leader. St Mary’s is part of The Painsley Catholic Academy and one of the top performing primary schools in Staffordshire. Justine joins St Mary’s with over 27 years of experience in Catholic education. She began her career as a newly qualified teacher in an inner city school in Birmingham before joining St Mary’s in Cannock as the Deputy Head and then went onto her first headship role at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Stafford, another school within The Painsley Catholic Academy. Mrs Lomas worked more recently for the Archdiocese of Birmingham in a school improvement role. In this position she was able to work very closely with the leaders of a wide range of Catholic schools with differing needs. Commenting on her appointment, Mrs Lomas said, “I believe that a happy and successful school works hard together and, equally importantly, has fun! “I am very much looking forward to getting to know the children, parents and staff at St Mary’s and being part of a community where we all work together to be the very best we can be. Part of my duty as a leader of a Catholic school is to ensure that our children and staff strive for excellence in all that they do. I hope to shape the Mission and Vision of St Mary’s and the wider Painsley Catholic Academy by working in partnership with the children, parents, parish community, staff, governors and directors to continue to provide an outstanding quality of education for all. “St Mary’s is such a lovely school in a picture-perfect setting and has an excellent track record of good results and happy children. I am looking forward to building upon these successes of the school, as well as the wider Painsley Catholic Academy, and to providing an inclusive, dynamic and faith-filled educational experience that will nurture a love of life-long learning in our communities.” The Painsley Catholic Academy CEO, Steve Bell, said he is ‘delighted’ to have Mrs Lomas on board.