Executive Headteacher announces her retirement.

 Mrs Cherry Edwards OBEMrs Cherry Edwards, Executive Headteacher of Abbey Academies Trust which includes Bourne Abbey and Bourne Elsea Park Church of England Primary Academies is set to retire at the end of the year.

Mrs Edwards commented: “Last term I wrote a letter to the governors that was the most difficult letter I have ever written in my career and my life.

Having been a Headteacher for the past thirty two years, the last eleven years here at our wonderful Bourne Abbey, I have made the decision to retire. I will be sixty five years of age in the next academic year and I have announced my retirement for then the end of this academic year 2014-15. I believe that this will give plenty of time to recruit a new Executive Headteacher. However, I have made it clear to the governors that if for some reason this proves not be the case then I will continue to commit to my role as Executive Headteacher to ensure absolute continuity for ours schools and pupils until the right appointment can be made.  

I love and have always loved my job as Headteacher. I have the great privilege to work with a team of teachers, support staff, governors, parents/carers and members of our Bourne community who show the utmost dedication, commitment and determination in ensuring that our shared vision of providing an outstanding quality of education and care for our pupils/children has been and is achieved and recognised. We will of course continue to ensure that we continue to meet this challenge every single day!

It remains so wonderful to have the best job in the world, but of course the children are, as always, the real stars. I know that the governors will ensure that we employ a fantastic new Executive Headteacher who will lead our academies into a very bright and hugely successful future.

For now it is Outstanding business as usual”. 

Chairman of governors John Kirkman said, “A new year brings new opportunities, challenges and changes, and this one is no exception.  We opened the new Bourne Elsea Park C of E Primary Academy in September and have been successful in opening the new Elite Teaching School. Cherry is leaving us very much at the top of her career with two outstanding Ofsted inspections under her belt. We are truly grateful for everything she has done in her last 11 years and acknowledge the outstanding contribution she has made to the lives of so many children. We will be looking to celebrate her time in Bourne in many ways before she leaves. Governors are extremely confident of finding a top quality candidate who can take both academies and the Teaching School forward; ensuring outstanding results whilst maintaining the same loving and caring environment for all of our children”.