From Pinchbeck East to Far East for village head Tom

Tom Verity (back row centre), executive headteacher of Pinchbeck East Primary School, with governors, staff and pupils at the opening of the school's extension in November 2014.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Tom Verity (back row centre), executive headteacher of Pinchbeck East Primary School, with governors, staff and pupils at the opening of the school's extension in November 2014. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A headteacher who led a Pinchbeck school to become one of the most in-demand primaries in South Holland is to swap the east for the Far East.

Tom Verity, executive headteacher of Pinchbeck East, Spalding and Surfleet Primary Schools, is leaving his role in July to become Primary Principal at the Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Although sad that he is leaving us, we are delighted that Mr Verity does so in order to fulfil an ambition to lead a British school overseas

Pinchbeck East Primary School chairman of governors Helen Banks

Since joining Pinchbeck East in 2009, Mr Verity has led the school from satisfactory to an outstanding rating from Ofsted after an inspection in May 2012 when it was singled out for its “high-quality teaching and highly effective leadership.”

In a letter to parents, chairman of governors Helen Banks said: “It is with mixed emotions that I write to inform you that Mr Verity will leave us at the end of this school year.

“(Although) sad that he is leaving us, we are delighted that Mr Verity does so in order to fulfil an ambition to lead a British school overseas.

“Mr Verity will have completed seven hugely successful years at Pinchbeck East, first in leading us to an outstanding award from Ofsted and later in accepting the challenge to build a collaboration of schools.

“By sharing the qualities, skills and expertise with which he transformed Pinchbeck East, Mr Verity has raised standards too at Spalding and Surfleet Primary Schools.”

Mr Verity, who oversaw a building project at Pinchbeck East in 2014, is to be replaced by Andrew Raistrick who is currently headteacher at Great Dalby Primary School, near Melton Mowbray.

The new head will join Pinchbeck East at a time when it is due to expand by just over 100 pupils after approval from Lincolnshire County Council last June.

A joint letter to parents from all three schools said: “Like Mr Verity, Mr Raistrick has quickly gained expertise in supporting and collaborating with other schools in the Melton area.”

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