ST MARY’S Primary School in Bridport has appointed a new headteacher.

Kate Batorska will officially take on the role from April this year, taking over from former headteacher, Helen Farmer.

Kay Taylor, executive principal of the Minerva Learning Trust, of which St Mary’s Primary School is a part of, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce this appointment.

“Kate led the school through the recent, very successful, Ofsted and we know she will continue to lead the school from strength to strength.”

Mrs Batorska has been a teacher and senior leader for many years, with the last nine years working with primary schools across Dorset, providing mathematics intervention training and support.

Her leadership was also strongly praised by Ofsted during their recent inspection, in which the school was rated ‘good’.

Martin Warne, chair of governors, said: “We were very lucky to have Kate to step in and take on the reins when Helen left.

“She has already set her high standards very high and I know that St Mary’s is in good hands.”

Mrs Batorska has been at the school for 19 years and deputy head for five.

Mrs Batorska said: “St Mary’s is an inspiring place to work.

“We have a dedicated team of staff who all understand that learning is a life-long journey.

“We engage with research to constantly refine the teaching we provide, with the aim of helping children to develop a love of learning and a belief that they can achieve the very best.”

Mrs Farmer, the previous head of St Mary’s Primary School, will now be solely responsible for Bridport Primary School until she retires in August this year.

She said: “I am really delighted and proud that Mrs Batorska will be the new head at St Mary’s.

“She is dedicated to serving the children and families at St Mary’s and will ensure, with her excellent team of staff, that every child is able to shine.”