Headteacher Helen returns home

FOR the new headteacher of Winchelsea Primary School in Ruskington it was a case of coming 'home'.

Helen Duckett took charge of the school at the beginning of this term, returning to the village where she grew up.

Born in Peterborough, Helen moved with her family to Ruskington when she was six and lived in the village for many years.

She is delighted to be back and relishing the challenge of her new appointment.

Helen, 39, said: "It is wonderful to be back in Ruskington. It is a lovely school and had a good Ofsted report at its last inspection.

"I hope to build on the qualities already at the school and, with my interest in music, I'll be aiming to develop the performing arts."

The former Kesteven and Sleaford High School pupil went on to study at Homerton College, Cambridge and began her teaching career at Chatteris.

She taught at the William Alvey School in Sleaford for three years and, prior to taking up her post as head of Winchelsea School, was deputy head at Donington Primary School, where she worked for eight years.

Helen added: "I am very excited about the job and have thoroughly enjoyed my first weeks at Winchelsea. The staff and the children all work very hard and everyone has been so welcoming."

Outside of work, Helen sings and plays keyboards with covers band Then Again, who perform mainly in the Lincoln area. She is also keen on sport and plays squash and tennis.

Her parents, Jim and Janet Duckett, still live locally, in Sleaford. Janet is a former teacher at the Winchelsea School.