Jewish primary school's headteacher returns from retirement

By Judith Hayman, September 24, 2009

Bury and Whitefield Jewish Primary’s new head teacher has taken up the post for the second time in her career.

Norma Massel became the school’s head in 1990, and after nine years at the helm moved on to become head at North Cheshire Jewish Primary.

Mrs Massel retired from North Cheshire in January, aged 60. She explained: “It had been a very difficult year for me. My husband had died and I was looking after my 97-year-old mother, who died in February.” The retired head worked as a support teacher at Delamere Forest and as a Jewish studies teacher at North Cheshire.

A fortnight into the new term Mrs Massel said: “It’s been like coming back to a friendly family.”

Chair of governors Rabbi Avrom Jaffe said: “Mrs Massel has a good working relationship with the children, parents, staff and governors. We are delighted to have her back.”

The Bury school has 180 on campus, Headteacher Christine Potter retired at the end of the summer term.

Last updated: 2:14pm, September 24 2009