New ad­ven­ture for school’s first head

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Farewell To Staff - By Molly Mile­hamChap­pell

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

Gail Spragg

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