Tearful farewell to Appledore head teacher

A SUNNY summer fayre was tinged with sadness at Appledore Primary School on Friday as the 250 children used the occasion to say farewell to a much loved headmistress. Mrs Susan Freeman will retire from the school at the end of August after 14 years as hea

A SUNNY summer fayre was tinged with sadness at Appledore Primary School on Friday as the 250 children used the occasion to say farewell to a much loved headmistress.

Mrs Susan Freeman will retire from the school at the end of August after 14 years as head teacher.

Her time there has seen many achievements by the school, which last year celebrated its centenary.

Its last OFSTED report saw the school gain its first 'outstanding' rating. It has also achieved Investors in People, the International School Award for its links with schools overseas and the Healthy School award.


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Children sang their farewell and were joined by parents and staff in giving a special gift to Mrs Freeman - a chicken coop and chickens for her much-loved garden.

As a permanent reminder of their head, the school has commissioned a special sculpture in metal to go over the school entrance and bear her name.

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Depicting fishes and sea creatures, it was made by local metal workers Bill and Peach Shaw, with input from Mrs Freeman, and paid for with a �2,000 grant from the Devon County Council fund of councillor Andrew Eastman.

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