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'Dedicated and inspiring' Barningham Primary School headteacher retires




A headteacher who has retired after 10 years at a Suffolk school has been praised for her 'dedication and inspiring' leadership.

Frances Parr retired from her role at Barningham CEVC Primary School at the end of December.

Julie Surridge, chair of governors, said Mrs Parr delayed her retirement by a term 'to provide stability to the children returning to school after the disruption caused by the lockdown'.

Frances Parr on her last day at Barningham CEVC Primary School
Frances Parr on her last day at Barningham CEVC Primary School

She said when Mrs Parr joined the school in September 2010, there were approximately 65 pupils on roll, with children leaving at the end of Year 4 to attend middle school.

The school has expanded to teach to Year 6, and 'built a reputation that has attracted many parents', with 97 pupils now on roll.

Mrs Surridge said: "We thank Frances for her service to education, her dedication to our school for the last 10 years, and for inspiring our children.

"This last year has been particularly challenging due to the issues presented by Covid.

"Mrs Parr addressed these issues admirably, and implemented procedures to keep children, staff and visitors to the school safe, and indeed, delayed her retirement by one term to provide stability to the children returning to school after the disruption caused by the lockdown.

"Enjoy your retirement Frances, you deserve it."

Mrs Parr will be succeeded as headteacher by Stephany Hunter.

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