Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Kirkby headteacher to retire in August

A HEADTEACHER of a village school is retiring after a decade.

SUCCESSFUL CAREER: Burlington CofE primary school head teacher Jan Bath with her pupils and staff pictured when the school received an outstanding OFSTED report in 2010 JOE RILEY REF: 50006945B000

Mrs Jan Bath, 56, headteacher at Burlington Church of England Primary School, Kirkby, will leave in August.

Mrs Bath, who has been in education for 34 years, began her teaching career working part time at Broughton-in-Furness C of E Primary School and Coniston C of E Primary School. She has also worked as deputy head teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and acting head at St Patrick’s RC Primary School in Workington.

Mrs Bath said she has enjoyed her time teaching at Burlington Primary School which received an Outstanding OFSTED report in 2010.

She heads a team of seven staff members, with help from very supportive parents who help run clubs.

She said all the school staff are very talented, keen and enthusiastic and there are no weak links in the team. Burlington Primary School has a creative outlook, combining ceilidh practise and gardening with the traditional curriculum. The school watched a family of blue tits learn to fly one morning. Mrs Bath, 56, of Foxfield, said: “That’s what you can do with a small number of pupils. It’s the kind of memory that will be with them for the rest of their lives. The children’s enthusiasm rubs off on each other.”

“There is a very close community. The school is the centre of the village.”

Over the years, Mrs Bath has created ties with schools in Kenya and Nepal.

Most recently, grandparents of pupils at the school approached Mrs Bath with an idea to help raise money for secondary school teachers in Nepal.

Burlington Primary School will be fundraising to pay a teacher in Nepal through three years of learning opportunities.

When she retires, Mrs Bath plans to visit her sister who lives in France.

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