• The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School
  • Lathom High School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Wigan, Lancashire

Jane became Headteacher here in 2015, when the school was facing very difficult circumstances. Colleagues report that it is due to her passion, commitment, pride and vision that students are now thriving academically and personally.  She has driven and transformed Lathom from a school struggling for academic results (and in receipt of poor community press) to a positive, high achieving, warm and welcoming school.   

Following significant changes in staffing and the staff structure, colleagues report feeling happy and fully supported. Jane led the team to achieve an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ in all areas for the first time in the school’s history.  With a history of very low first choice applications, the school is now over-subscribed.  

Alongside many other selfless local initiatives and aware of concerns in the local community that sometimes have involved her students, she instigated and hosted a community group in a bid to reduce vandalism and allow the Skelmersdale community to feel a safer place.