THE new head teacher of Seven Hills Primary School has looked back with satisfaction on his first term with the school.
Richard Catherall said: “Since beginning my role as the new headteacher I have been overwhelmed at the kindness and welcoming nature of the staff, parents and children at Seven Hills Primary School.
“The school has had rising standards over the last few years and I am most impressed by the professional and caring attitude of the staff as they strive for excellence in all they do.
“I would personally like to thank the hard work of all our parents and carers as they continue to support school through hearing their children read and practice spellings and times-tables with their children, which is, of course, most appreciated by the whole of the school staff.”
Before coming to work in Morley he was deputy headteacher at Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary, near to where he was brought up in Castleford.
The son of a former miner and a school lunchtime supervisor, he said they instilled in him the importance of education, helping others and trying his best in whatever he did.
He started his teaching career at Bracken Edge Primary in Harehills and later studied for a masters degree in education at the University of Leeds, so is familiar with the city.
In his spare time Mr Catherall enjoys reading, walking, playing cricket and following Leeds United and the Castleford Tigers.
He added: “I have enjoyed my first term at Seven Hills Primary School very much and am excited about the opportunities, challenges and learning experiences ahead for the children.”