Worthing headteacher calls it a day

DM1517773a.jpg Dianne Bonthrone retiring headteacher at Heene First School, Worthing. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150723-001538008
DM1517773a.jpg Dianne Bonthrone retiring headteacher at Heene First School, Worthing. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150723-001538008

Children have said a fond farewell to their headteacher, who has taken retirement.

Dianne Bonthorne left Heene First School, in Norfolk Street, Worthing, on the last day of term.

In a letter to parents, Mrs Bonthorne said: “I want to thank you all for the support; friendship and, above all, the children that I have had the pleasure to teach over the years.

“I wish the school, it’s children, parents and staff every success and happiness for the future and only wish I was five – or 10 – years younger!”

Governors have appointed Jo MacGovern as acting head until July 2016, and Ann Walton as a part-time consultant head until a permanent replacement for Mrs Bonthorne is found.

The Rev John Chitham, vice-chair of governors said it was hoped a new headteacher would be appointed in September 2016.

Heene will take on an extra 60 children when it becomes a primary school in September.

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