New adventure for school’s first head
A head teacher is celebrating the start of retirement after more than 40 years in the profession.
Gail Spragg, head teacher at John Wesley Primary School in Singleton, Ashford, retired last week.
Staff put on a party on Thursday night to look back on the success of her 44-year-career as a teacher and head teacher.
Mrs Spragg started teaching in Scotland in 1973 and has been a head teacher in Ashford for the last 29 years.
She was the first head at John Wesley school when it opened 10 years ago.
The school this year achieved a “Good” rating from Ofsted and ‘Outstanding’ in their Section 48 Inspection, which is carried out on religious schools in England.
Friends at school described Mrs Spragg as a compassionate teacher, a charismatic leader, caring, intelligent, and a singer and musician with a strong love of music who wanted every child to know that love.
Mrs Spragg said: “My life has been one of ages and stages, all of them bringing a richness in their different ways.
“This is merely another stage as a jumping off point to the next adventure.
“I’d like to thank all of you for your support of the school and for your support of me.
“I am delighted that Cathy Clark will be the acting head teacher from September and she will be most ably assisted by her two assistant head teachers, Mrs Wells and Mrs Wood.”
The staff who still work at John Wesley who were there at the beginning: Pauline Wood, Sarah Wells, Karen Johnson, Gail Spragg, Dawn Luckhurst, Leah Albin, Angie Gosciniak and Laura Collins