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Kedington head teacher leaves after more than eight years




Darren Woodward and pupils at Kedington Primary Academy ANL-141218-130552001
Darren Woodward and pupils at Kedington Primary Academy ANL-141218-130552001

The head teacher of Kedington Primary Academy is leaving the school after more than eight years’ service.

Darren Woodward has been at the school for about eight and a half years and has overseen its conversion to an academy.

A life-long Lord of the Rings fan, Mr Woodward was honoured with a Middle Earth themed farewell assembly celebrating his journey through the school and his achievements.

“I just want to go quietly,” said Mr Woodward, who will be moving to Samuel Ward Academy. “Education, for me, is about ethos, which is why I’ve tried to introduce eco projects to the school.

“Children need a much greater awareness of their environment because the world’s going to be a very different place for them than it has been for us.

“That’s been a key drive for me since I started here.”

Mr Woodward will be succeeded as head teacher by Karen Sheargold, who has been deputy-head at Kedington Primary Academy for more than four years.

“They’re very big shoes to step into,” she said. “He has left an amazing legacy.

“I’d like to continue to develop the international profile of the school so the children are given the life skills they need to succeed in the world.”



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