Deputy head of Bourne school leaves after 25 years on award-winning note

Retiring senior deputy headteacher Janet Crook (front right) with executive headteacher Cherry Edwards OBE and staff of Bourne Abbey C of E and Bourne Elsea Park Primary Academies showing their Investors in People Award.
Retiring senior deputy headteacher Janet Crook (front right) with executive headteacher Cherry Edwards OBE and staff of Bourne Abbey C of E and Bourne Elsea Park Primary Academies showing their Investors in People Award.
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The senior deputy headteacher of Bourne Abbey Primary Academy has said farewell to the school that was her working home for 25 years.

Janet Crook was given a rousing and emotional send-off by students and staff at both Bourne Abbey and the new Bourne Elsea Park Primary Academy which has just finished its first school year.

Janet Crook is exceptionally highly regarded by children and their families alike who have a deep-rooted respect for all she does.

Cherry Edwards OBE, executive headteacher of Bourne Abbey and Bourne Elsea Park Primary Academies

Mrs Crook, who has retired after working in education for nearly 40 years, was still able to celebrate both schools being named as Investor in People Award recipients for its commitment to staff training and development.

Writing in Bourne Abbey’s summer newsletter, executive headteacher Cherry Edwards OBE said: “Mrs Crook has clearly shown in her career that she is interested most in what constitutes outstanding educational provision, with the passionate belief that children can and will achieve well.

“During her 25 years at Bourne Abbey Church of England Primary Academy and, more recently at Bourne Elsea Park, Mrs Crook has worked tirelessly for the good of children and families.

“She is exceptionally highly regarded by children and their families alike who have a deep-rooted respect for all she does.

“I speak on behalf of pupils, staff, parents, carers and governors when I give a huge thank you to Mrs Crook for her outstanding contribution as an educationalist over nearly 40 years.”

In a report from Investors in People Central England, the schools were said to have a “strong ethos of continuous improvement, a creative and positive approach to managing time and people considered themselves to be valued”.

Mrs Edwards said: “Everything we do is focused on our pupils achieving their very best in a high quality, nurturing and caring educational environment.”