School head is going east
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.