Long serving headteacher bids a fond farewell to lower school

Headteacher jane Sealey is leaving after 18-and-a-half years at the school.
Headteacher jane Sealey is leaving after 18-and-a-half years at the school.

A headteacher will bid farewell to the school where she has been at the helm for 14 years this week.

Jane Sealey, who has been at Russell Lower School in Ampthill for 18-and-a-half years, joined as deputy head.

Children and staff celebrate the new building.

Children and staff celebrate the new building.

She became acting headteacher in 2001 and took up the position permanently in 2002.

But now Mrs Sealey plans to head back into the classroom as a teacher so that she can spend more hands on time with little ones.

She said: “I love my job as headteacher but I miss being with the children in the classroom as much as you are as a class teacher.

“After the length of time that I have been here it is going to be a wrench. I will miss the children incredibly. I’m passionate about the children and their education”

Mrs Sealey is departing after overseeing the completion of a £3.9million expansion project, which has increased the school’s capacity from 300 to 450 pupils.

“I feel I’m leaving a suitable legacy for the children in the future,” she said.

“I can leave Russell after 14 years as headteacher in the knowlege that the school will be an asset to the community and a special place for future generations of children to learn.”

Taking up the helm at the school from September will be Nicki Walker.