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A Final message from Mrs Lansdown 28.3.2022

Dear Children, Parents, Carers, Staff, Governors, Colleagues, and Friends,

As you know I am retiring at the end of this week, and, as I approach the end of my time of leading Stanburn as Headteacher, and my imminent retirement after over 40 years in education, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect and to say some “thank-yous.”

I have had a wonderful time at Stanburn Primary and feel so privileged that I have had the opportunity to finish my long career in education here - to work with, support, and learn from this amazing school community; and, of course, I have had the help of many passionate and committed people, from both within the school and beyond. The school has gone from strength to strength as evidenced recently by Ofsted, and by the many awards, national and local, that we have achieved. Our progress has also been consistently recognised by the Local Authority, as well as by a wide range of other external groups: for example, by the Musical Theatre club leader who told me just last week that “This is the best school that I have ever worked in.” I regularly receive such feedback about our pupils. It therefore goes without saying that I am extremely proud of Stanburn Primary School and all that we have achieved.

As I look back, I am delighted with the journey that we have all been on in the past six and a quarter years - from the early days following the amalgamation of the Infant and Junior schools to the fantastic school which Stanburn is today. It is a special place and I have many memories that will stay with me forever.

Throughout my career, which has included being a senior school improvement adviser and headteacher, twice, I have been very fortunate to work with some wonderful people - brilliant staff members, dedicated governors, and highly talented children - and no more so than here at Stanburn.

The children are, of course, at the heart of the school, and their energy, enthusiasm, humour, smiles, and spirit has made this job so rewarding. It has given me great pleasure to see the children of Stanburn growing and developing into such confident, successful and happy learners; more of this later!

Another highlight of my time at Stanburn has been working with the wonderful people who make up our Stanburn family, characterised by their teamwork, laughter, encouragement, and understanding. There are too many people to mention individually though you know what a great support you have all been, and you know that I will be forever grateful. This has been especially so during the last two years of Covid where we have all had to find an inner resolve and relentless energy in order to keep things going for the children. We have all been on a tremendous journey together - whoever had heard of Zoom and Teams back in March 2020?

I would also like to give a special thanks to Stanburn Governors who have been such a support through their role as ‘critical friends’. You are a team of highly skilled, generous people from whom I have learnt a great deal. Although all your hard work and time-commitment rarely get a mention, you are pivotal to the smooth management and strategic leadership of the school.

Thank you too to the Friends of Stanburn PTA together with our Parent Reps. Your sterling efforts over the years, and recently, for example, in supporting a wellbeing fundraiser for children and staff, have made a significant difference in helping to secure a vibrant atmosphere and a wide variety of opportunities for children and parents.

I would like to again say a massive thank you to all the school staff I have had the pleasure of working alongside: the admin teams, teaching teams, support teams, catering, and cleaning teams – you have all done your bit to make Stanburn the place it is today. Stanburn only works because of you, all the amazing people, both front of house and behind the scenes, who keep the cogs whirring. I will miss you all.

And so to return to the children of Stanburn who will all hold a very special place in my heart and I will continue to smile and glow with pride as I hear about you reaching your milestones and achieving your dreams. Always remember, if you follow Stanburn’s school motto, “Believe, achieve, succeed – learning without limits,” and try to live up to our aims and values, you won’t go far wrong in life. In our recent Year 5 Easter assemblies you embodied these values and show-cased your talents, so, stay true to yourselves, be your own person, have your own ideas and opinions and, most of all, always be kind.

As I leave, I am delighted to be handing over the helm to Ms D’Souza, who I now have had the opportunity to meet several times. I am confident that she will, with Mrs Walsh, who will be the Acting Deputy, lead the school into a new and exciting stage in its development.

And so, my job here is almost done! I shall miss you all and will continue to follow Stanburn’s news over the coming years and I know, with everyone’s continuing support that the school will continue to make memories for generations to come.

With very best wishes,
Mrs C Lansdown