Fond farewell to much-loved head

A headteacher who has been at a village primary school for more than 10 years said farewell on Friday.

Dr Yvonne Watts has left Welton Primary School to take up the head’s role at Guilsborough Primary School from Monday.

There were mixed emotions for Dr Watts who started as a teacher at the school in September 2003 before getting the top job a year later.

She said: “It has been a real day of mixed emotions for me.

“It really does feel like a family for me and leaving this place, which has been a big part of my life, is difficult.”

The school is currently judged as outstanding by Ofsted and has regularly topped the school league tables, however she has another finer achievement.

Dr Watts added: “It is very nice to have the recognition, but actually making sure that we turn out well-rounded and developed children is a far greater accomplishment.

“The league tables and the Ofsted are all very well and good because it gives us the confidence to know that we are doing the right thing here.

“I am very tiny part of the success here. It belongs to all of the staff and the pupils who all work really hard.

“I hope I have left the school in a good place and am sad to be going.”

She replaces Tony Henretty as the head of Guilsborough Primary School, who retired at the end of last year.

Dr Watts said: “I am thrilled to be taking over at Guilsborough.

“I actually live in the village and it is exciting to have a new challenge.

“It is a really good school and hope to build on the work done by Mr Henretty.

“My youngest daughter went there as did my aunt, so there is a big connection to my family at the school.”.

Dr Watts is to be replaced by Corinne Biddell, who was formerly at The Abbey Junior School in Daventry and who starts on the same day.