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Court Fields School in Wellington is saying farewell to Elaine
11:00am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Mid Devon News
IT was the end of an era for Court Fields School head teacher Elaine Faull last week.
Saturday saw the curtain come down on a mixed 12-and-a-half years at the school for the boss ... but she wouldn’t change a thing.
Mrs Faull, 55, is leaving her post to start an acting course at Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre School, fulfilling a lifelong ambition.
She said: “Ever since I was 14 I wanted to be an actress, and because I came from quite a working class family my parents couldn’t always afford to sendme to things, so I wasn’t able to fulfil a National Theatre plan.
“I felt I had to do the sensible thing and that was eventually go on to university and become a teacher.
“The plan 32 years ago was that I’d become a teacher for a couple of years and then I’d think then about training – those years have passed and I feel now’s a good time to leave. If I don’t do it now I’ll never do it.”
During her time at the school, the head has experienced both highs and lows.
Last November, the school was placed into special measures following an OFSTED inspection and this year students are celebrating record-breaking GCSE results.
And she says it’s those success stories that will leave a gaping hole when she moves on to pastures new.
Mrs Faull said: “I’ll miss it dreadfully. I’ve got very mixed feelings because a lot of my life is invested in this school and I’ve worked for Somerset for all of my teaching life.
“I feel very maternal towards all the students and staff but it’s time I feel to move on.”
From January 1, Court Fields will become an academy, sponsored by The Castle School in Taunton.
Castle head teacher Sarah Watson will become executive head and oversee both schools, while Rachael Bennett will be in charge of day-today life at Court Fields.
“I think Sarah will be taking on a school in a really good condition,”
said Mrs Faull. “We’ve worked hard since we went into special measures; we’ve had two monitoring inspections and each time they’ve been very impressed with how much progress we’re making.”
She added: “When I come back to visit I’d like to see everybody feeling very proud of the achievements they’ve got. I can see that already but I’d like to see that really embedded.
“I’d also like to thank the community for the support over the last 12-and-a-half-years, especially since November. I’ve been really touched by the amount of people talking me about me not wanting to go or wishing me well.”
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