Respected head teacher to retire from successful Hucknall school

HOORAY FOR HOLY CROSS! -- Mrs Snowdon celebrates excellent exam-results with pupils in 2011.

HOORAY FOR HOLY CROSS! -- Mrs Snowdon celebrates excellent exam-results with pupils in 2011.

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Hucknall bids farewell to one of its longest standing and most respected school head teachers at the end of term later this month.

Pat Snowdon (61) is retiring as head of Holy Cross Primary Catholic Academy on Leen Mills Lane after 16 years at the helm.

Her tenure has conicided with a successful era for the school, which has consistently been one of the best performing primaries in the Dispatch district.

In 2011, Holy Cross was even named one of the top 18 primary schools in the entire country -- out of 17,000 -- in a league table based on exam results for 11-year-olds in the core subjects of English, maths and science.

The school was ranked ‘outstanding’ in its Ofsted report of 2009 when Mrs Snowdon herself was praised for her dedication.

“During her time at the school, Mrs Snowdon has seen many children develop, achieve and flourish,” said a spokeswoman.

“Many have gone on to achieve great things at universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge, and also in sport.

“But Mrs Snowdon has enjoyed all aspects of school life, particularly community participation, sports days, school productions and, most importantly, teaching the children. She has gone above and beyond to help local and global charities. She has been ‘gunged’ on more than one occasion and has even had her legs waxed for charity!”

Mrs Snowdon was appointed head teacher at Holy Cross in 1999 after 25 years at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Nottingham, where she worked her way up the ladder to become acting head.

Her husband, Chris, has also recently retired from his deputy head’s post in Belper. Their daughter, Rachael, is a deputy head in Littleover, Derby.