A headteacher affectionately known as “a beautiful princess” by one of her charges has retired.
Mrs Angie Pleasants leaves Lomeshaye Primary School on a high.
She is an inspiration and a hard task master that has put her heart and soul into Lomeshaye to make it a highly successful school and she has invested in her staff to make them the best that they can beDeputy Sarah Jones
The school was judged to be the Primary School of the Year and picked up a further honour for its education tours at the East Lancashire Newspapers Education Awards, and was recognised as Outstanding in Mathematics by Ofsted in December.
Londonderry-born Mrs Plesants joined the school 12 years ago from Castercliff Primary School where she was deputy head. She left Northern Ireland in 1971, at the height of the troubles, and trained at Endsleigh Teacher Training College in Hull where she also spent her first years in the classroom. Her move to Lancashire, in 2000, came after 14 years at an inner city multi-cultural school in Bradford, a post she says stood her in good stead to understand the mainly Muslim community and take on the headship.
“Lomeshaye staff are highly professional, a committed, hard working team that ensure every child gets the best possible education,” she said. “It has been a pleasure working with such a dedicated set of people all striving to fulfil the school’s vision.
“The children are delightful and such a credit to their parents and our community. I will miss all staff and children but it’s time to move on and let a younger generation continue Lomeshaye’s journey to success.”
In retirement, Mrs Pleasants will be swapping one leadership role for another. She has just been elected as president of Howarth and Worth Valley Rotary Club and will be on a recruitment drive for more members, as well as expanding the club’s charity remit and promoting its popular 40s weekend in Howarth. Her chosen charity will support young carers.
She also hopes to spend more time with her two sons and to visit her home village of Eglinton, on the outskirts of Londonderry, to see her family.
Her deputy Sarah Jones said: “To many staff Angie is like a mum, always there to talk to, someone to confide in and never backs off from telling it like it is.
“She is an inspiration and a hard task master that has put her heart and soul into Lomeshaye to make it a highly successful school and she has invested in her staff to make them the best that they can be.
“The staff, pupils and parents are all very sad to see Angie go, but we all know that it’s not ‘good bye’ it’s just ‘see you soon’, as the door will always be open and she will be welcome back at school anytime.