The Mayor of Middlesbrough has welcomed the appointment of a new headteacher at the largest primary school in central Middlesbrough.
Charlotte Haylock, previously an Executive Headteacher within Ad Astra Academy Trust has been supporting Ayresome Primary School for 15 months and has now been permanently appointed to lead the school into its next stage of development.
Andy Preston, the Mayor of Middlesbrough, recently visited the school to congratulate Charlotte and meet with pupils from the School Parliament and also talk about his vision for the community and how he envisages Ayresome Primary to be a big part of this.
Mayor Preston said: “Middlesbrough is making great progress and schools like Ayresome Primary are vital to our future strength and successes – so it’s fantastic to visit and see first-hand just what an incredible place this school is.
“I would like to thank all of school staff for the energy and passion they commit to Middlesbrough’s children.”
Ayresome Primary is the largest of the eight primary schools within the Ad Astra Academy Trust with over 700 pupils and 100 staff.
Headteacher Charlotte Haylock commented: “I immediately fell in love with the school and my vision for the future at Ayresome was welcomed by all the staff, the community and the Trust.
“The Trust and the Government are investing in the future of this school, demonstrated by the significant funding for improvements that are just starting.
“It’s going to be an exciting journey and we will be recruiting more teachers and support staff in the near future.”
Ad Astra Academy Trust was formed in 2015 and over the last seven years has grown across the Tees Valley, providing education for over 3,000 pupils and 500 employees in Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Hartlepool.
Eighty-six per cent of its schools are judged by Ofsted to be either “outstanding” or “good”.
Andy Brown OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Ad Astra Academy Trust, said “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Charlotte which demonstrates that we place our strong leaders where they are needed the most.
“Charlotte has already made an impression in the school and the community. She is a very visionary and credible leader and will work relentlessly to ensure the community of Gresham, Middlesbrough get a school they can be even more proud of.”
Andy Brown was invited recently to the House of Lords to share education best practice with key Government figures.
The other seven primary schools within Ad Astra Academy Trust are Barnard Grove, Brougham, West Park and West View in Hartlepool and Crooksbarn and Rosebrook in Stockton-on-Tees and Sunnyside in Middlesbrough.
For further information about Ad Astra Academy Trust, visit www.adastraschools.org