At our annual Christmas lunch, President Iain Farquharson-Welsh presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to the Headteacher
of St Peter’s Church of England Primary School. Also present were Chair of Governors, Victoria Dalby and former Headteacher, Rtn. Peter Woodhead, her first appointment in 1986. Rtn Chris Walbank explained to the St Peter’s Christmas Choir who entertained us so well that Manchester United does get to the top of the game in a day: it requires inspired appointments, dedicated staff and strong leadership. Liz extended this list to include parents who care and are prepared to get involved and pupils who are determined to do their best. She thanked the members of the Club who have got thoroughly involved in working alongside the staff to add to what the School is able to do.
The citation reads:
This Fellowship recognises the relationship which Liz Holliday had developed with our Club, enabling us to help the School in many ways. However, it primarily recognises the contribution which St Peter’s under Liz’s leadership has made to the community and generations of children and families within Burmantofts and, as the School has achieved ‘OUTSTANDING’ Ofsted status and ‘BEACON SCHOOL’ status within Leeds, the contribution that the School has made to Leeds and, by example, to British education. Her service to community fulfils one of Rotary’s primary aims.
Victoria Dalby, the Chair of Governors has summarised Liz Holliday’s achievement at St Peter’s:
Liz joined the school as Headteacher in September 2008. She took charge of a good school with committed staff. Her aim was to continue to nurture the pupils and staff and to enhance the work already being done. She set about improving the communication links between the school and the community, reaching out to families in the area and encouraging strong links with Leeds Parish Church (now Leeds Minster). She quickly proved to be quite a motivating and strong leader, leading by example and encouraging all staff at the school to be involved in school life and confirming Christian values at the core of the school. In October 2011 the school was inspected by Ofsted and achieved the highest accolade – Outstanding.
Her leadership skills were recognised and valued by the Governing Board which she helped towards achieving the Governor Mark for the school. This entailed a new approach to governance, enabling governors to reflect on their work and encouraging the governors to take the initiative. As a result many governors have become more proactive in their work with the school. The school’s Outstanding status has been maintained since, with very positive feedback given by the School Improvement Partner and the SIAMs annual health check reports. Over the years pupils’ achievements have improved and the introduction of many out of school activities have resulted in confident, well rounded pupils. Liz has been very instrumental in ensuring that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is as important as their academic achievements. In recognition of her work, the authority have made St Peter’s a Beacon School. Liz and her staff are sought after to support other schools in the city. Her outreach is now city wide.
(SIAMS = Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools)