Headteacher says fond farewell after 13 years

Headteacher says fond farewell after 13 years

Amanda Hall

Headteacher says fond farewell after 13 years

An emotional assembly was held to say a fond farewell to the headteacher of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Infant and Nursery School in Burnham after 13 years at the helm.

Margaret Dickinson said she was 'moved to tears' by the assembly on Thursday which included a presentation and special songs by pupils.

She said: "Working here has been wonderful and I have honestly enjoyed everyday.

"I have a lot of treasured memories from the last 13 years and it's been a privilege to see the school and the children grow, it's one of the best things about being a teacher.

"I'm really sad to say goodbye."

The 60-year-old began teaching 39 years ago at St Ethelbert's Catholic Primary School in Slough before moving to St Mary's Primary School in Uxbridge and the Holy Family Catholic School in Langley.

But she said one of her proudest moments was helping the Derwent Drive school achieve two outstanding Ofsted results.

She said: "This has always been a really good school, but the staff, children, governors and PTA worked really hard to make it even better."

She added the secret to running a good school is team work and enthusiasm.

The mother-of-two and grandmother-of-two, whose six-year-old grandson Cameron attends the school, said she is now looking forward to spending more time with her family and husband Anthony, who also retired this year as assistant headteacher at St Anthony's Catholic Primary School in Slough.

The couple are also planning to spend more time travelling abroad.

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