A new chapter for Mrs McNally

Anne McNally, retiring as headteacher at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Mather Lane, Leigh, with chair of Governors Stephen Aspden, holding her Pearson Teaching Awards Commendation, vice-chair Angela Blenkinship, deputy headteacher Michelle Daley, parent Alison Tyrer and pupils
Anne McNally, retiring as headteacher at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Mather Lane, Leigh, with chair of Governors Stephen Aspden, holding her Pearson Teaching Awards Commendation, vice-chair Angela Blenkinship, deputy headteacher Michelle Daley, parent Alison Tyrer and pupils
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A LEIGH headteacher is leaving on a high after 37 years in the profession.

On her retirement from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Anne McNally, of Pennington, received a commendation in the Headteacher of the Year category from the 2012 Pearson Teaching Awards.

Anne started her career at St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School, in Astley, and did supply work in various schools, including St Gabriel’s Catholic Primary, in Higher Folds.

After taking a break to look after her children, she taught reception class and year one at St Catherine’s of Siena Catholic Primary School, in Lowton, for 10 years, before becoming deputy headteacher at Golborne All Saints Catholic Primary School for three years.

Anne, 58, said: “I feel very sad to be leaving the children and their families, as they are all so great.

“But I am looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life doing consultancy work and RE inspection for the Diocese of Liverpool.”

Anne’s colleagues nominated her for the award as a surprise, and Michelle Daley, deputy headteacher, said: “Anne is truly an inspirational, passionate, caring and totally committed headteacher who not only believes that every child in St Joseph’s (and other schools) should have the opportunity to love learning and love life, but ensures that she and her staff provide the means for that to happen.

“This acknowledgement of her achievements is a fitting tribute to a long career.”