School head is go­ing east

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS

A HEAD­TEACHER, who is swap­ping Or­ton for the Ori­ent, has spo­ken of his ex­cite­ment af­ter land­ing a new job in China.

Philip Ste­wart, who has been at Leighton Pri­mary School in Or­ton Mal­borne, Peter­bor­ough, for the last six years, is leav­ing to be­come a deputy head­teacher at Dul­wich Col­lege in Shang­hai at the end of July.

Mr Ste­wart said the chance to teach abroad was an op­por­tu­nity he could not turn down.

He said: “We achieved an out­stand­ing Of­sted this year, so it was the right time to move on.

“I looked to stay in Peter­bor­ough but there were no posts avail­able and so I looked to China. It is a great op­por­tu­nity for my­self and my fam­ily. We will be look­ing at get­ting in­volved in the real China, not just the big ex-pat com­mu­nity there.”

While he is sad to be leav­ing he does they can cre­ate a link be­tween the two schools to ben­e­fit the pupils.

Mr Ste­wart added: “It is sad to be leav­ing Leighton. I have met some won­der­ful teach­ers, staff, par­ents and chil­dren dur­ing my time here and I am not sure I will ever achieve what I have done here again. It will al­ways be close to my heart.

“I hope to be able to cre­ate some links be­tween the two schools, as I am sure pupils both in China and in Peter­bor­ough will be able to learn some­thing from it.

“I think I will re­mem­ber the chil­dren who did not find things easy but have worked hard to get their just re­wards. It re­ally is a fan­tas­tic school and I am sure the act­ing head Hay­ley Sut­ton, who will take over from me, will do a great job here.

“My wife Liz and my four chil­dren are also re­ally look­ing for­ward to the

mov­ing on: Philip Ste­wart.

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