Haslingden High School

Press and PR coverage for Haslingden High School and production of Haslingden Highlights

I have worked with Catherine personally since September 2012, although she has been employed by Haslingden High School for 3 1/2 years. Since I began working with her, I have found her to be approachable, friendly, patient and highly professional in her approach and interactions with both students and staff. We have established a very workable and easily manageable routine (in terms of time), that ensures that we have featured heavily in the local press, namely Lancashire Telegraph and the Rossendale Free Press, over the years.
Catherine and I meet at a set time fortnightly, face to face, and in the interim, we use a paperless Google system whereby staff can submit news and stories to Catherine and I. When Catherine comes into school, we arrange the staff and students for interview based on the submissions on the form. Catherine interviews colleagues and students, takes photographs if necessary, and has the articles back to us for proof reading usually the same day. Catherine uses her contacts and professional judgement to decide whether the article is press worthy, or is an article for our school website. Most articles are also published on the local 'About my Area' website too. Her articles are well written and our press coverage, especially since we established the form submission system, has been superb.
Catherine supports us to identify which news pieces are then relevant for our bi-annual internal school magazine'Haslingden Highlights.' Catherine organises the layout and publishing of this entire publication. When I arrived at the school in September, I was dreading the job of arranging the press......but working with Catherine has been easy, useful and interesting. She takes away all the stress of chasing up news and writing our own features.
I would recommend her without hesitation.
Gill Smith
Deputy Headteacher