End of an era as headteachers bid farewell to two village schools

Head Teacher of Hartest CEVC Primary School is retiring ANL-160719-235539009
Head Teacher of Hartest CEVC Primary School is retiring ANL-160719-235539009
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It’s the end of an era for two village schools as one headteacher retires and another moves on to pastures new.

Hilary Hall is retiring as head of Hartest Primary School after nearly 38-years in teaching and Bridget Burke is leaving Rattlesden Primary to take up a headship in Ipswich.

Bridget Burke headteacher at Rattlesden Primary School is moving on, pictured with leaving pupils.
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160720-221118009

Bridget Burke headteacher at Rattlesden Primary School is moving on, pictured with leaving pupils. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160720-221118009

Mrs Hall has worked in middle schools for the majority of her career - starting in Bradford in 1978 before relocating to Suffolk. She joined Great Cornard Middle School in 1988 where she was Year 5 leader, deputy head and acting head.

She was head at Blackbourne Middle, in Stanton, for three years before moving to Hartest in 2010. Mrs Hall has seen the school through the county wide move to two tier education.

She said: “I’ve loved my time in all my schools. At Hartest I’ve enjoyed working with such a dedicated team - we all pull together in the same direction with the children at the heart of everything we do.”

She plans to use her free time to focus on her house and garden and to visit her two sons.

Mrs Hall will be succeeded by Karen Harman and Ian Kearns.

Meanwhile, Mrs Burke who has led Rattlesden Primary for five years is leaving to become head of Whitton Primary, in Ipswich. She said: “I’ve enjoyed being part of this really vibrant and friendly commmunity and working with the families. There’s a great deal of support across the school.”

Assistant head Helen Ballam will become acting head.