FRODSHAM Weaver Vale Primary School’s longest-serving headteacher, Jon Hardman, retired after celebrating the school’s 40th anniversary.
Mr Hardman was appointed 16 years ago as the fifth headteacher at Weaver Vale, which in 2007 was named in the Top 100 performing schools in the country for continued improvement in Key Stage 2.
He also welcomed the development of Frodsham’s first Children’s Centre which opened last year on the school site in Ship Street – and he said he was delighted when, two years ago, the school finally got a long-awaited new roof!
Pupils, staff and parents are preparing to bid a fond farwell to the popular headteacher who played a major role in the school’s anniversary celebrations this week, including a fancy dress disco, a 1960s themed school dinner and a special assembly when each class entertained the school with sketches and short plays based on social and fashion changes over the last four decades.
Celebrations continued with an Open Day when many former pupils, staff, governors and residents visited the school which mounted displays of old photographs and artefacts charting Weaver Vale’s history.
“We had hundreds of visitors throughout the day,” said Mr Hardman. “The atmosphere was wonderful and, for me, it was a real high to finish on!”
Mr Hardman, who lives in Kelsall, said he had a “great time” at Weaver Vale. “This is a very happy school and this was recognised in the last Ofsted report.”
He said he is now looking forward to a retirement holiday in Italy and devoting more time to his family and watercolour painting.
After the Easter break, acting headteacher Mrs Rhian Foucher will lead the school until a new headteacher is appointed for September.