Celebration of headteachers’ service to Devon’s children

Retirement headteachers-GRW-Photography

Posted on: 18 July 2016

A celebration of nearly 200 years of service to children in Devon by eight   headteachers has been held by the county’s schools chiefs.

The leader of Devon County Council, John Hart, and the Cabinet Member for Schools, James McInnes, Chief Executive Phil Norrey and Head of Education and Learning, Sue Clarke, hosted the celebration for heads who left their schools during the current academic year after a lifetime of service in Devon and other parts of the country.

Most were retiring but others were going on to work in other areas.

In East Devon, Alan Simpson spent 26 years teaching children in the county and retired as executive head of the Axe Beacon Federation consisting of Seaton, Shute, Colyton and Kilmington primary schools.

Sue Nield from West Hill Primary gave 28 years’ service in Devon while Faith Jarrett retired after 13 years’ service as head of the King’s School, Ottery St Mary.

In Exeter, Joanne Davis retired as executive head of the Whipton Barton Federation, consisting of the infants and junior schools, after 37 years’ service in Devon.

Lorraine Dunn left Exwick Heights Primary after 20 years’ service in Devon while Gill Kendrick retired from St Michael’s Primary after 17 years in Devon.

In North Devon, Jan Baker spent 37 years teaching children in the county and retired as head of Orchard Vale in Barnstaple where she has been in post for 17 years since it opened.

In South Devon, Sarah Evans spent 18 years teaching children in the county and retired as head of Doddiscombleigh Primary School.

They were all amongst the heads invited to a special garden party and buffet supper in Exeter.

Cllr John HartMr Hart told them: “Devon has a lot to be proud of – particularly in its education service.

“My sincere thanks go to you all on behalf of Devon County Council and the children of Devon for all the work you have done and the results you have achieved despite the low national funding of our schools.”

He said he wished those who were retiring a long and happy retirement and every success to those who were moving on to new ventures.

Dr Norrey said he wanted to thank the heads on behalf of the thousands of children who had passed through their care over the years.

“It is heads and teachers in schools who make a difference and you can look back with pride on a job well done,” he said.

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