Head and governor at Cottingham wave goodbye

Pictured at Cottingham C of E Primary School are (from left to right): current deputy head and new acting headteacher Erica Biddle, outgoing headteacher Emma Tayler, retiring foundation governor Sue Beadsworth and the schools head of governors Kairen Toman. NNL-161208-121331005
Pictured at Cottingham C of E Primary School are (from left to right): current deputy head and new acting headteacher Erica Biddle, outgoing headteacher Emma Tayler, retiring foundation governor Sue Beadsworth and the schools head of governors Kairen Toman. NNL-161208-121331005
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A headteacher and a governor at a village primary school are moving on to new ventures.

Cottingham CE Primary School headteacher Emma Tayler is moving to a new role after six years at the school and Sue Beadsworth has retired as one of the school’s foundation governors after more than 30 years’ service.

During Emma’s time at the school, academic achievement has excelled to well above the national average and the school is fast gaining a reputation as a sporting force in the area, with a plethora of awards for athletics, archery, football and tag rugby under their belt.

Emma said: “The school has come a long way in the last six years thanks to our wonderful children and the fantastic teamwork of teachers and parents alike. I love this school so much and I am sad to be leaving, but the school is in safe hands and I hope to take the nurturing, supportive ethos of Cottingham School to my new role.”

The end of term also marked the retirement of foundation governor Sue Beadsworth, who has a lifelong association with Cottingham School. Her father George Trevor was head at the village’s old school in School Lane in the 1950s and Sue became a foundation governor when she was teaching at the present school, on Berryfield Road, in the 1980s. Sue, her husband Michael, their two daughters and three grandchildren have all been pupils. She was invited to a special assembly to mark her retirement with hymns, songs, dancing, gifts and tributes from the children, staff and governors.

Sue said: “It has been a long and happy part of my life and I will always have fond memories of the school. I’d like to thank Emma and the whole school for the wonderful send-off they gave me.”

Next term, current deputy head Erica Biddle will become acting headteacher in Cottingham and Emma will be taking up her new role as headteacher at Market Harborough C of E Primary School.

The school’s chair of governors Kairen Toman said: “We are bidding a fond farewell to two much valued members of our team, who will both be greatly missed.

“Emma has lived and breathed this school and has gone above and beyond to achieve some fantastic results. We’d like to wish her all the very best in her new role. Cottingham School is now a great place to educate children all round and we are confident that Erica and her team will continue what Emma has put in place to see the school go from strength to strength.

“We’d also like to say a big thank you to Sue who has been a much loved member of the school for so many years. Her contribution and involvement has been invaluable and there were a few tears shed as we bid her farewell.”