‘I brought school into 21st century’
Retiring headteacher says her eight years at Jordans Village was spent modernising
A RETIRING headteacher said she feels she has brought her village school into the 21st century while retaining its traditional values.
Pat Farmer has been headteacher of Jordans Village School for eight years and a teacher for 38, but is giving up her position so she can enjoy retirement.
Mrs Farmer has overseen numerous changes at the school, based in Puers Lane, in Jordans, including the introduction of wireless technology across the school, children having laptops and iPads and
I will really
miss the children, staff and parents”
every room having interactive boards.
She said: “I feel I have brought the school into the 21st century with the IT changes we have made.
“Over the eight years I have been here I have changed everything from the rooms to the early years playground and learning environment.
“I think we have done this while retaining the village school feel.”
The school also marked its 70th anniversary this year.
She added: “I am proud of what I have done and the relationship we have with the village. Certainly it was never more clear than this year, with the anniversary.
“We have done a lot with the community.”
One of her proudest achievements was when the school was named ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Mrs Farmer said: “The big thing was for me was to achieve that and we did in 2011.”
She added: “I will really miss the children, staff and parents, and the governing body which has supported me.
“The parents here are very good and very supportive and I have never seen a group more committed to helping a school raise funds.”
Mrs Farmer is retiring and plans to travel to Hong Kong and New Zealand.
She has asked staff at the school to keep in touch after she leaves.
“I asked them to ring me and keep me updated on how they are all getting along,” she said.
Hazel Bascombe, acting head at Denham Village Infant School, will take over as headteacher from September.
She said: “I wish Mrs Farmer well, she has done a lot with the school. I love the feel of the village school.”
TAKING OVER: Pat Farmer (right) with her replacement Hazel Bascombe