Head of Villiers Primary School in Wolverhampton to leave at Christmas

The head of one of a city’s most successful primary schools is to leave at Christmas.

Sally Lanni, head of Villiers Primary, Bilston, Wolverhampton, is to be head at Pheasey Park Farm Primary School and Children’s Centre, Walsall.

Mrs Lanni has been headteacher of Villiers for the past 15 years. In that time she has helped the school to achieve three consecutive outstanding Ofsted inspections.

Mrs Lanni said she chose Pheasey Park Farm because it is one of the largest primary schools in the country and to “build upon the existing strengths”.

She said today: “I have enjoyed every moment of my time at Villiers and it has been a pleasure to work with such wonderful children and watch them develop and grow.

“I have also worked with exceptionally committed and loyal staff and I cannot thank them enough for their support to myself and to Villiers School.

“I wish all associated with Villiers every possible success for the future.”

Mrs Lanni said she wanted to develop her new school into a centre of excellence and make sure it becomes one of the best schools in the country.

She added: “I have already met the staff and children at Pheasey Park and they are all very excited about seeing the school go from strength to strength.”

Mrs Lanni’s last day at Villiers is December 21, just before the children break for their Christmas holidays.

She is being replaced by the current deputy headteacher Duncan Cocker in January who will be the acting head until a permanent replacement is found.

During her last few weeks, pupils, staff and parents will be putting on special events to mark her departure.

Villiers has been awarded a string of accreditations over the years and has been recognised by the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofsted as a centre of excellence.