New life for teaching duo

Headteachers Sam & Steve Dadd

Headteachers Sam & Steve Dadd

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Married headteachers from the Daventry area will be leaving their respective schools to start a new life in Spain.

Steve Dadd will be leaving Falconer’s Hill Junior School in Daventry while his wife Sam departs the top job at Chipping Warden Primary School at the end of the academic year.

They will work in Mercia, southern Spain, at a primary school where he will be headteacher while she works in the nursery.

Mr Dadd, who has been at the school for the past four years said: “We have had many wonderful achievements, but mainly around the values that we have given to the children.

“All of the staff here have been fantastic to work with. There is a really good team there and all of them work very hard,

“I wish all of the parents the very best for the future, it has been a priviliege working here and to all of the children and staff I wish them well.”

Speaking about her achievements during her seven-and-a-half years at Chipping Warden Primary School, Mrs Dadd said: “We have seen two good Ofsted inspections in my time and we have also had the play area refurbished.

“It has been difficult to maintain those standards and everyone works very hard. Not just the headteacher, but all of the staff, the governors, the parents and the children.

“Although I am not leaving just yet, I imagine that when the final few days come, I will be very sad because this is a lovely school.

“I would hope that all of the children try their very best because if you do your very best, you will get the rewards.”

They are both looking forward to the challenge of living in Spain having already bought an apartment out there.

Mr Dadd said: “We both love Spain and we wanted to retire there when we were 50.

“But we thought it might be better to go out there before that and become a part of 
the community.”

Mrs Dadd added: “It will be a big lifestyle change going out there but we were very fortunate that two jobs came out there at the same school which is near the apartment as well.

“It is a massive step but it is one that we are both really excited about.

Mr Dadd will be replaced by Ros Peet as an acting headteacher until the end of the year.

No arrangements have yet been made regarding Mrs Dadd’s replacement at Chipping Warden Primary School.