Brigg’s St Mary’s Catholic Primary Voluntary Academy has said farewell to Headteacher Tony Norton after 27 years.
And during that time, the school has been transformed.
Mr Norton went to St Mary’s in 1987.
”The Parish Priest rang home and asked me to move to Brigg, said Mr Norton.
“I said I would. It was not easy because it meant my family had to move too.
“I said yes and I had not even asked my wife Elizabeth.”
And at the beginning, he said there were many things to learn.
“There was a very able, settled staff - six teachers and one teaching assistant, a clerk who only worked three mornings plus midday meals staff plus cleaning staff.
“It was more difficult than now because the local authority controlled funding and there was little room for manoeuvre.
“The building was in a very basic state. Windows were single glazed and insecure, the roof leaked, heating was oil fired, staff-room furniture was dangerous to sit on. Money was always tight and after meeting day-to-day costs what funds were available could only be spent on priorities.”
Being a headteacher he described as not just a job or even a vocation, but a “spiritual journey.”
“To carry out my role it has been necessary to deepen my faith and love of the church.”
“The most wonderful part of being headteacher at St Mary’s is to know and work with such wonderful people, governors, parents, staff, parishioners and children.
“I must say a sincere thank you to Mrs Plachcinski and Miss Bibi who will be leaving this summer. St Mary’s has been blessed by their presence in the school.”
Becoming an academy had given the school new opportunities to further develop and Mr Norton is confident the school will continue to advance.
“I say a big thank you to the staff, children and parents who have been so kind and supportive. I have always put children first in my role as headteacher. I am very proud of the children who have attended this school and what they have achieved.”