Blessed Trinity headteacher to retire

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BURNLEY’S longest serving secondary school headteacher has announced her retirement.

Miss Bernadette Bleasdale, who became head at the former St Hilda’s RC Girls’ School in 1992, will retire from Blessed Trinity Community College next Easter.

The announcement follows the news last week that Mrs Elaine Dawson, headteacher of Sir John Thursby Community College, will retire in December to travel round the world.

Miss Bleasdale, who was the first headteacher at St Hilda’s not to be a nun, has overseen many changes at the successful school, not least its merger with St Theodore’s Boys’ School in 2005 under the Building Schools for the Future programme.

It moved into its new purpose-built home in Ormerod Road in September last year after operating on split sites.

Sadly this year the new Blessed Trinity College was placed into Special Measures by Ofsted inspectors who cited a number of areas for improvement.

Miss Bleasdale defiantly vowed to turn the school around, and recent Lancashire County Council and Salford Diocese inspections showed that the school was improving.

Inspectors from Ofsted are back at Blessed Trinity this week on a return monitoring visit and their findings will be published next week.

Applications for the post of Miss Bleasdale’s successor at Blessed Trinity close today (Friday) and interviews are expected to be carried out in September.

She said this week: “I am currently concentrating on getting the school back on track and all my efforts are focused on that.”

Miss Bleasdale took over from long-serving headteacher Sister Mary Joseph who herself had succeeded another St Hilda’s stalwart Sister Mary Theresa.