Primary school appoints new headteacher

Photo: David Hurst'New Headteacher at Sabden Primary School, Mrs Lisa Stinchon
Photo: David Hurst'New Headteacher at Sabden Primary School, Mrs Lisa Stinchon

A village primary school has welcomed a new headteacher.

Mrs Lisa Stinchon has taken over the reins at Sabden Primary School and one of her aims is to boost pupil numbers.

She said: “We have places available in every year in the school and we also have an attached nursery so I would encourage parents to have a look at Sabden Primary School.’’

After studying to be a teacher at Liverpool Hope University, Mrs Stinchon worked at several schools, most recently at St John’s with St Augustine’s Primary School in Accrington where she served as deputy head for four years. Before that Mrs Stinchon worked at Burnley’s St Augustine’s RC Primary School. Her first teaching post was at Higham CE Primary where she spent 16 years.

Mrs Stinchon, who lives in Barrowford, said: “Returning to a village school felt so lovely, I felt very much at home as soon as I walked in.’’

Even though there are only 88 pupils at the Whalley Road school, they recently raised the fantastic sum of £800 for Farm Africa, a charity that helps families to grow sustainable crops. The school also has strong links with the Grand Theatre at Clitheroe and recently enjoyed a trip there to watch a show as part of anti- bullying week. Mrs Stinchon said: “The school is very much involved with the community and my vision is for that to continue and also for the pupils to grow as individuals and reach their full potential.’’

A mum to three sons, Sam, Tom and Joseph, Mrs Stinchon supports the Nelson based charity Sibes and Sled Dogs Husky Rescue which raises funds for the upkeep of dogs in its care. She also has two of her own huskies, Saska and Niko, so her weekends are taken up caring for them.