School’s head says farewell

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHERSON

AHEADTEACHER has re­tired after more than a decade at a pri­mary school.

Ali­son Pad­gett worked at Peel Park in Ac­cring­ton for 13 years and served as head­teacher for the last three years fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of Ju­dith Wil­liams.

She was given a ‘won- der­ful send off’ by pupils and staff on the last day of term, Thurs­day De­cem­ber 20.

In a let­ter to par­ents, Mrs Pad­gett said: “I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank you all for the won­der­ful gifts, cards and best wishes I have re­ceived over this past week.

“I have been over­whelmed by your gen­eros­ity and kind words.

“Leav­ing Peel Park for the last time will be a very emo­tional mo­ment for me.

“I have thor­oughly en­joyed my 13 years here and I will take many happy mem­o­ries will me as I go.

“To­day has been very tear­ful; say­ing good­bye to your amaz­ing chil­dren has been very hard.”

In a news­let­ter is­sued ear­lier this month, Mrs Pad­gett said new head­teacher Mrs Hall has al­ready met the chil­dren and staff and is ‘look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the par­ents in Jan­uary’.

She added: “I will take with me many fond mem­o­ries of the won­der­ful chil­dren and fam­i­lies I have met along the way, as well as the friend­ships forged with col­leagues.

“I will miss watch­ing the chil­dren de­velop into amaz­ing young peo­ple but feel con­fi­dent that the school will con­tinue to go from strength to strength.”

Hun­coat coun­cil­lor Ea­monn Hig­gins praised her hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to pupils and for cam­paign­ing to im­prove safety is­sues around the school.

The Ob­server re­ported in 2016 how Mrs Pad­gett worked with the coun­cil and po­lice to solve park­ing prob­lems and conges­tion.

Coun Hig­gins said: “I met her on a few oc­ca­sions and she was very help­ful and very car­ing about the school.

“There were a lot of road safety is­sues at the time and she was very co­op­er­a­tive and proac­tive.

“I wish her all the best and a long and happy re­tire­ment.”

Peel Park Pri­mary School head­teacher Ali­son Pad­gett who has re­tired after 13 years

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.