Devon headteachers honoured

Headteachers Leaving 2019 (GRW-Photography) Headteachers’ reception (GRW Photography)

Posted on: 25 July 2019

Devon headteachers have been honoured for a lifetime of service to education at a special reception hosted by county council leaders.

Devon County Council leader, John Hart, deputy leader and Cabinet Member for Schools, James McInnes and Head of Education and Learning, Dawn Stabb, hosted the celebration for heads who left their schools during the current academic year.

Tracey Amos has given 31 years’ service to schools in Devon and Cornwall including eight years as head of Great Torrington School.

Tracey left Great Torrington as a ‘good’ school with high praise from Ofsted for the school’s enrichment and intervention programme.

David Barnett is leaving after 11 years as headteacher of Chudleigh Church of England Primary School.

David spent his early teaching career in a number of schools in Bath and Bristol, and his first headship was at Yealmpton primary school near Plymouth. David also leaves his school in a strong place with a ‘good’ Ofsted judgement.

Caroline Boother became headteacher at Hatherleigh primary school in January 2008.

She, too, has left her school in a strong place with a ‘good’ Ofsted judgement and inspectors recognising her ‘determined leadership’.

Jane Byrne became headteacher of Ermington primary school in January 2003. In 2013 the school received an ‘outstanding’ judgement which it currently holds. In 2011 Ermington formed the Beacon federation with Ugborough primary school and Jane became executive headteacher.

As a National Leader for Education, Jane has been involved in supporting a number of schools.

Helen Mellody became headteacher at Langtree primary school in 2001.

Helen has left the school in a strong position as a ‘good’ school.

As one of the parents told Ofsted recently: “Langtree is an amazing school that makes everyone feel welcome.”

The heads were invited to a special buffet supper in Exeter.

Photograph of Councillor John Hart sat at a desk

Councillor John Hart

Mr 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.

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