Former Principal's Special Recognition

A NEW learning resources centre at Healing School has been named after a former Principal in recognition of her work and achievements.

Ann Addison officially opened the school's £3.5-million South Block today (Friday) and was surprised to find part of it named after her.

The new block includes 17 new classrooms and a dedicated Special Educational Needs area in addition to the learning resources centre.

Mrs Addison's successor Mark Knapton told invited guests at the opening the improved teaching facilities were down to a small, dedicated group of people with her at the helm.

"We are delighted Ann accepted an invitation to open the new block today and hope it's a pleasant surprise that the learning resources centre is named in her honour," he said.

"They are a tribute to her and her lasting legacy at this school.

"For those who are already benefitting today and for those not yet born who will do so in the future, I'd like to thank Ann for driving home her vision."

He said the new block had already become an integral part of the school, enjoyed by pupils and staff alike.

"Once you've had chance to see the new building, I hope you agree that it is an impressive addition to our school and an educational asset to North East Lincolnshire and beyond.

"We are constantly striving to improve in every area. That includes the facilities for our children and staff.

"This new block has added to our outstanding learning environment; met some of the demand for more places; and improved our safeguarding.

"We're grateful to JEM Build and the architects for its design and look.

"It is modern, smart and high tech without looking out of place.

"We've used a traditional approach to create forward looking facilities. It's a principle that has served this school so well over the years. We use our experience to stay one step ahead," Mr Knapton said.

Mrs Addison retired in December 2014 after 10 years as Principal at Healing. Under her stewardship, the school became an Ofsted-rated outstanding academy and was also one of the first schools to convert to an academy under the Government's fast-track scheme in 2010.

Healing School - April 15th 2016