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Head teacher to say goodbye after a decade at the helm

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

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After 10 years a primary school is preparing to bid farewell to its head teacher.

Lesley Fenwick has been head teacher at Baltonsborough Primary School for 10 years but will be retiring at the end of December.

Her 31-year career has including teaching in London and supply teaching across mid-Somerset before taking permanent posts in Wells and Burnham-on-Sea.

While much has changed in teaching in the last three decades, there is one thing that has remained constant, explained Mrs Fenwick.

"When I first started teaching it was pre-national curriculum and was very different to it is today," she said.

"But the children themselves, particularly at primary school age, remain the same.

"The main thing, the reason that I love this job is the children's unbound enthusiasm for learning and their interest for everything around them.

"In general my admiration for primary school teachers, and for those in Somerset in particular, knows no bounds.

"Their professionalism, their dedication is second to none and at the centre of everything is the interests of the child."

Mrs Fenwick, who lives in Glastonbury, made the decision to retire at the age of 60 after her husband, who taught in North Somerset, retired earlier on this year.

"I want to go while and I am fit and healthy enough to take on new challenges," she said.

"First I'm going to rest and recuperate after the very hectic Christmas term and then take time to decide what is next.

"I thought I'd be devastated to leave the school but at the moment – with still half-a-term to go – I'm looking forward to whatever does come next."

Next for the school will be the arrival of its new headteacher, Michelle Heap, who is moving from Hampshire.

"What Mrs Heap will inherit is enthusiastic children and teachers, very supportive parents and governors, who work hard in the school and whose focus is the children of this school," said Mrs Fenwick.

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