Classroom return for headteacher

Corby, Our Lady's Primary School,  Maire Hayes has been appointed as the new headteacher. 'l-r Chanel Johnson, 4, Ines Torres, 6, Taylor Homewood-Smith, 6, Aiden Irwin, 5, Megan Caughey, 5, with Marie Hayes'Thursday 12th January 2012
Corby, Our Lady's Primary School, Maire Hayes has been appointed as the new headteacher. 'l-r Chanel Johnson, 4, Ines Torres, 6, Taylor Homewood-Smith, 6, Aiden Irwin, 5, Megan Caughey, 5, with Marie Hayes'Thursday 12th January 2012

A Corby teacher has been appointed to lead the school she attended as a child.

Maire Hayes has officially taken on the role as headteacher of Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Primary School – returning to the same classrooms she was in during the 1970s.

Mrs Hayes, 39, said: “It was a bit daunting at first when you take over but if you have the support, which I definitely have, it makes it a lot easier.”

Mrs Hayes had been acting headteacher since September 2010, and previously deputy headteacher.

She had started her career at Beanfield, before teaching at Ealing and in Finedon.

She said: “I was deputy head at Finedon Mulso School.

“When the job for deputy headship came up here it was too good an opportunity to pass up to go back to my old primary school.”

In another family connection, Mrs Hayes’ mother Moira Lynn also taught at the school and continues to volunteer to help children learn to read.

Mrs Hayes said there had been some changes with the technology available.

She said: “The shell of the building is the same but I think the classes look smaller than I remember when I was first here.

“Inside it has changed in the sense it has been refurbished and there is the ICT equipment here now.

“We don’t have the old blackboards, we have interactive white boards in all of the classrooms.”

She added: “It is pressured at times but the children and families are genuinely lovely and supportive and you really feel that the job you are doing is making a difference and that makes it worthwhile.”