Catherine Ogle (pictured) has been appointed to the permanent position of headteacher at Reepham Primary School. She was previously acting headteacher.
Having previously worked in management roles in the recruitment industry, Mrs Ogle entered teaching as her second career after having her family.
She started as a student teacher at Reepham Primary School in 2007, then was taken on as a newly qualified teacher in September 2008.
Mrs Ogle became a staff governor in 2011 to have more of a strategic involvement in running the school. “When my own children reached high-school age, I felt able to commit to a leadership role at school,” she commented.
“After being appointed deputy headteacher in April 2015, I then spent half a term as acting head covering sick leave, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. When the opportunity came to become the permanent head of school, I jumped at the chance.
“I am incredibly excited to be taking on the head of school role, as I believe we have the best team of staff, governors and parents that I have ever known at Reepham Primary School.
“This, coupled with the new opportunities we will be able to provide as part of the Synergy Multi Academy Trust, means we can ensure our children are challenged and inspired every day. I hope to lead the school to ‘good’ then ‘outstanding’ over the coming years.”
The school’s governing body said Mrs Ogle had done a “fantastic job” over the past few months, stepping in after former headteacher Miriam Jones left.
“She has worked closely with the school staff and together they are dedicated to delivering the highest quality teaching and learning for all our children.
“She is committed to getting Reepham Primary back to ‘good’, and has the full support of the governing body in leading the school.
“We are delighted she has accepted the post and are looking forward to the coming months and years with her at the helm.”