Meet our new Head teacher
Many thanks for selecting to find out more about the new Head teacher of St Gabriel’s. I understand as a parent, that your child’s education and their development into a young adult, with the values we all hold dear to us is one of the biggest decisions a parent or carer has to take and therefore, you want to know is St Gabriel’s in safe hands ?
I have spent almost 25 years in education. I began my journey as a Science Teacher, specialising in Biology and Chemistry and taught in 3 different Catholic Schools across South Yorkshire, gaining posts as a Head of Year, Second in Science and Lead Coach teacher for the Local Authority during this time. Due to my involvement in coaching, I was successful in gaining a post as a Senior Lecturer in Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University, where I trained Science teachers, lectured in Biology and moderated many of the teacher training institutes in Yorkshire.
On returning to School, I led a Science department of 20 Science teachers in a very large comprehensive school in South Yorkshire. We achieved and sustained 94% A*-C (now 9-4) and 32% of the students achieved an A*/A (grade 9). As a result of this achievement, I was appointed as Assistant Head Teacher and the School moved from requires improvement to outstanding over a 5 year period. I worked closely with the Head, who was a National Leader of Education, which was a fantastic learning curve.
Following my Assistant Headship, I made a conscious decision to take everything I had learned and support failing schools placed into special measures. I was Vice Principal of a school in South Yorkshire and then Vice Principal of a School in Liverpool. The latter became the most improved school in its local authority within a year and the highest achieving in its local authority the following year and moved from requires improvement to good. I worked closely with the HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector), which again, gave me a whole new raft of strategies and ideas for school improvement.
More recently, I have held posts as a Director of Academy Improvement and a Principal. I supported St Anne’s in Stockport to move out of special measures, stepping in as interim Head there for 6 months to work alongside Dame Kathy August, Chair of Governors at the time and led a school in Halifax, where results and behaviour improved considerably during my time in post.
Outside of St Gabriel’s my passions are learning British Sign Language and Liverpool FC (I come from a long line of Irish/Liverpudlians !).
I am extremely proud to be leading St Gabriel’s and look forward to an exciting journey ahead for our fantastic community.
Miss L Corrigan - Head teacher
St Gabriel’s opened in 1954 to serve the Catholic community of Bury. The original school was designed and built for around 500 pupils – less than half of the total number of children on roll today. The school is situated in North Bury and services the parishes of Guardian Angels, St Hilda’s, St Marie’s, St Joseph’s and St Bede’s, and St Joseph’s Ramsbottom. The school's facilities include a sports hall, gymnasium, hall, dining room, two suites of science labs, a technology suite, a drama/performance arts complex as well as suites of classrooms which are, on the whole, grouped together by subject. We are completing a programme of refurbishment for some additional classrooms after re- roofing and reglazing the whole site to minimise our carbon foot-print. Recently we have refurbished the boys and girls toilet areas and have refreshed the library/LRC.
This is a successful school; children are well cared for and grow in education and faith. Many students are second-, even third-generation pupils. Our examination results have been strong over the years. In Summer 2017, the school celebrated the highest ever pass rates in English and Maths, and the highest among Bury's twelve main non-selective secondary schools, testimony to the hard work, love and commitment given to St Gabriel’s by pupils, parents, staff and governors over the years.
The Learning Family of St Gabriel’s
The school has six wonderful feeder primary schools from which much of its intake comes.
- Guardian Angels RC Primary School
- Holly Mount RC Primary School
- Our Lady Of Lourdes RC Primary School
- St Joseph's RC Primary School / Twitter
- St Joseph's & St Bede's RC Primary School
- St Marie's RC Primary School
It also sends its students to a multiple of highly successful locations post-secondary school including: