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School says farewell to 'exceptional' head
10:00am Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News
PUPILS and staff at Appleshaw St Peter’s CE Primary School marked the end of an era for the school when they said goodbye to their head teacher at the end of the summer term.
Mrs Sally Smith retired on 23 July after working at the school for the past 25 years after starting her time at the school on a day supply teaching.
Mrs Sarah Dabill, deputy head teacher, said: “Mrs Smith proved herself to be an outstanding classroom practitioner, touching the lives of many local people.
Dedicated “She became head teacher in 2008 and has moved the school from satisfactory to good in the recent Ofsted inspection which commended her for her leadership skills.
“She has always been the warm, friendly welcome each morning, upholding the Christian ethos of the school.
“Her support and care for the pupils has been exceptional and this has extended to parents and staff.”
Sally has been a dedicated member of the PTA and has attended Appleshaw Village meetings, making links with the local community and contributed regularly to the village ARC magazine.
Mrs Dabill added: “She has proved to be 100 per cent dedicated to education, putting in the hours to achieve success for the pupils and the school.
“She will find it hard to rest, so she could always take up some of the children’s suggestions of dancing, parachuting or being a ninja.
“She will be sorely missed and the children, parents and staff would like to thank her for all she has done.”
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