The staff and children at The Leverton Junior School said a fond farewell to their much-loved headteacher Louise Martin at the end of last term.
Louise Martin has been teaching at the school in Waltham Abbey for 18 years, including the last 6 years as headteacher.
There have many successes since Mrs Martin, who is taking early retirement, became headteacher. These include a complete renovation of the school building to include a state of the art library and ICT suite, an adventure playground and seating shelter in the playground and most significantly a rise in standards. For two years out of the last three, The Leverton Junior School has been the 6th highest in Essex for the value the school adds to pupil progress.
More recently, under Mrs Martin’s headship, OFSTED graded the school as ‘Good’.
To celebrate Mrs Martin’s retirement, parents, staff and governors purchased a return trip to York on the Orient Express for Mrs Martin and her husband and presented her with collection of photographs and messages from her time at The Leverton Junior School.
A whole school photograph was taken (Mrs Martin is seated in the centre).
Deputy headteacher Neil Woollcott said: “Mrs Martin has had a huge impact during her time at The Leverton Junior School. Her legacy will live with the school for many years to come.”