Children and staff at Stowford School said goodbye to Helen Tipping this week, as she moves on to a new role, after leading the school for 11 years.
At a special assembly to mark her leaving, Mrs Tipping was presented with a special card, created by children and staff throughout the school featuring portraits of her by everyone. The children had also decorated letters to spell out “Stowford School” that she can display in her new office. Her final gift was a unique framed picture which showed all the birds that the classes are named after.
Mrs Tipping, who is leaving to take on the Executive Primary Principal role in the new Multi Academy Trust, had a gift of her own to present and gave the school a portable shelter that can be used on trips and at sporting events.
Deputy Head, Sue Williams, said, “Helen’s impact on the school has been immense and she leaves behind “big boots” to fill. From her relentless commitment to raising standards to her introduction of new, exciting initiatives, such as focus on improving play and Philosophy for children, she has led the school with passion, dedication and desire to make Stowford the “best it can possibly be”. She will be much missed by pupils, staff and parents, although we are delighted that her new role means that she will still maintain strong links with the school.”