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New beginning but familiar faces at the top of Ebor schools

There’s a new beginning but familiar faces at the top of Ebor Academy Trust schools on the Yorkshire Coast and in York.

Angela Clark, deputy headteacher at Filey Church of England Nursery and Infants Academy with some 20 years’ experience, moves up to become head of school following the retirement of Denise Crosier.

And Matt Brown, deputy headteacher at Osbaldwick Primary Academy in York for the last 12 years, moves up to become headteacher following the retirement of Lesley Barringer.

Mrs Clark said: “Filey Infants is a wonderful school – the children are so enthusiastic and always keen to learn. We’ve always been a creative school and this is something I’m really passionate about.”

Filey is a long way from Australia, where Mrs Clark was born, but she moved here as a child and attended Scalby secondary school in Scarborough.

After starting her teaching career in Skipsea, Mrs Clark moved three years later to Filey CE Nursery and Infants School, as it then was, as a Year 1 and 2 teacher. Over two decades she progressed to assistant head and then deputy head.

Mr Brown said: “Osbaldwick is on an upwards trajectory. We have stability in our staff and I’m excited because I know the school is going to become even more successful.

“And we are so lucky with our locality – parents are amazed at just how much outdoor space we have here.”

Mr Brown started his teaching career in Tang Hall and so knows this part of York very well. He moved to Hemingbrough and then on to Sheriff Hutton before joining Osbaldwick.

Meanwhile maths specialist and senior leader Kerry Verity has moved from Alderman Cogan’s Church of England Primary Academy in Hull to become head of school at Easington Church of England Primary Academy, after Paul Goodwin stood down at the end of the summer term. “Coming to teaching later in life has ignited a commitment to providing all children with skills for life-long learning,” she said.