‘I brought school into 21st cen­tury’

Re­tir­ing head­teacher says her eight years at Jor­dans Vil­lage was spent mod­ernising

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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