New St Augustine’s head is relishing role

St Augustine's Primary School new headteacher Sinead Baker with Fr Haworth and pupils.
St Augustine's Primary School new headteacher Sinead Baker with Fr Haworth and pupils.

The new headteacher of St Augustine’s RC Primary School is already loving life in her new role.

Sinead Baker (40) started just two weeks ago at the Lowerhouse Lane school after four years at Wheatley Lane Methodist Church School.

The children have been delightful. They’ve been so friendly...

Sinead Baker

She said she had been left overwhelmed by the welcome she had received and was now looking forward to making a difference at the school and within the community.

“The staff have been fantastic with me so far, really helpful. And the children have been delightful. They’ve been so friendly and so welcoming.”

Born in Bedfordshire, Mrs Baker moved up north in 2002 working at Crawshawbooth and Reedley primary schools before moving to Wheatley Lane Methodist in 2011.

She was appointed deputy headteacher there and spent a term as acting head before being appointed headteacher at St Augustine’s.

“Becoming a headteacher was never the plan, it just sort of evolved that way,” said Mrs Baker, who lives in Nelson. “I don’t want to just be a manager, I want to make sure I’m getting into the classroom and working with the children.

“I have worked from foundation level all the way through to Year 6 so I know how important it is and I also know what is expected.”

She has known parish priest Fr Michael Haworth for a number of years and is looking forward to working closely with him.

“I’m very passionate about children’s opportunities and he feels the same way so it’s going to be nice working with him. I’m excited about it all.”

She added: “I have a few weeks now to settle in before the summer holidays and then I’ll be busy preparing for the new term. I’m looking forward to working with everyone.”