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Daventry school governor retires

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A well-known Daventry man has stood down as a governor at Falconer’s Hill Infant School after being on the board for 26 years.

John Dennett, 68, stepped down from his role on Friday last week, with the school holding a tea party to celebrate his time at the school.

Looking back on his time at the school Mr Dennett said: “I think the biggest achievement was 17 years ago when we appointed Coleen [Wilkins] as the head at this lovely school. There has been some lovely times at this school and all of the people I have worked with in the past, the former 
governors and heads, have been lovely people to work with.

“The whole 26 years has been very successful.”

He also said there has been major changes since he started working at the school.

Mr Dennett said: “The school is completely unrecogniseable from 26 years ago.

“One of the things that you see when coming up the hill is all of the security fencing, which is a must these days.

“The fabric of the school has changed completely too and we have new playground equipment.”

Mr Dennett was also keen to highlight the Ofsted reports the school has received over the past few years.

He said: “We have had some marvellous reports in the past few years.

“We were judged outstanding a few years ago which is really positive.

“The teaching within the school and the results have been magnificent.

“It is a team effort. It isn’t just the governors; it is a lot of hard work from top to bottom from everybody involved at the school.”

The headteacher of the school also praised his contribution.

Coleen Wilkins, headteacher, said: “We are truly going to miss John as a governor. He has made an amazing contribution over his 26 years supporting us and has always been someone we could rely on often at very short notice.
“He has a fantastic knowledge of Daventry which he has shared with us. His contribution is immeasurable.”

 

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