Janet says goodbye after 10 years
THE headteacher of Watermore Primary School in Frampton Cotterell has said her final farewell after exactly ten years in the job.
Janet Hoyle retired at the end of term in December.
She joined the school in January 2011, when it had just opened after the merger of two previously separate schools, Brockeridge Infants and Highcroft Juniors.
The amalgamation took place because at the time they both had falling numbers of pupils.
Janet said: “When I was appointed in 2009, I was told there would be a new school building within 3 to 5 years.
"In the end it took nine years, and during this time the school had doubled in size – the predictions of falling pupil numbers turned out not to be accurate.
"It was certainly a challenge for me working across a school on two sites, and also for the staff, working to become one team whilst still being separated.”
The staff and pupils moved into the new school building in January 2020, with new outdoor areas and brand-new play equipment funded by the PTFA.
Since then the school community has faced all the challenges of Covid19, but Janet says the staff have worked ‘tirelessly’ to do their best for their families in the circumstances.
She describes the feeling of retirement as ‘bitter-sweet’.
Janet said: “I am so proud to have been the first headteacher of Watermore. We have a wonderful staff team and now a fantastic environment in which to learn and work.
“The children of Watermore are a credit to the school, and I will miss them hugely.
"It is the right time for me to retire, after ten years, but it is a bitter-sweet feeling. I will be very sad to leave the school and everyone I have been privileged to work with, but I am confident that the school is in good hands and will go from strength to strength.”
“The support of governors, parents and the community help to make the school a success, and I am grateful to everyone who has done so much to support me and the school in the past ten years.”