A HEADTEACHER has retired following a 20-year career in the education industry.

Sarah Boyce, headteacher of Oldbury Park Primary, Worcester, who has led the school for the past seven years has retired at the end of the Summer Term.

Mrs Boyce came to Oldbury Park in September 2013 from her previous headship at Pinvin First School, Pershore.

During her time at Oldbury Park, she has developed strong relationships with staff, children, families and the wider community.

Everything she has done has had the children and staff at the heart of all her decisions, making choices that benefitted all the school community.

The past seven years have seen many changes at the school.

Improvements to the school environment include the development of a new Reception Outdoor Learning Zone completed last summer, a bright and welcoming entrance hall, classroom enhancements to include up to date technology, playground improvements and many other things have all made learning more exciting for the children.


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In the past year, a strong focus on making links in the community has seen all children becoming much more aware of opportunities in St John’s and in the wider city of Worcester.

Mrs Boyce began her teaching career in September 2000 when she took up a post as a newly qualified class teacher at Cranham Primary School, Worcester.

During her time at Cranham, she become an assistant head for access and inclusion, and developed extensive experience in that area.

She moved to become headteacher at Pinvin First School in 2008 and, at the time, received a Local Authority Award for becoming a headteacher in such a short time.

She quickly became part of the Pinvin school family and its community and loved her time there. But the call of working again in a larger school then led her to apply for the post at Oldbury Park – a move that would see her able to use her access and inclusion experience to support Oldbury Park’s base for children with autism amongst other things.

Paul Johnson, chair of governors, said: “Sarah joined Oldbury Park while my two children were pupils and she encouraged me to become a governor.

“From that first moment I knew that she had a vision to give every child the very best start in life by providing a safe, welcoming, all-inclusive environment.

“Sarah has steered the school through some pivotal points in its history whether it be Ofsted Inspections or deciding to become an academy, she’s always had the pupils at heart.

“She’ll be a hard act to follow and I for one will miss our catch ups where Sarah would patiently and considerately field all my questions no matter how ridiculous they may have seemed.”