Hungerford Primary School Headteacher to retire as of 31 August 2017

All parents and carers of pupils at Hungerford Primary School should have received a letter from Headteacher Gerry Heaton announcing that he will be retiring on 31 August 2017 and explaining his reasons for this decision. You can read the full text of the letter below.


6 January 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

Over the last year I have given a great deal of thought to the current direction of education in England. Reluctantly I have taken the decision to step down from Headship as I am no longer able to condone the very many pressures our youngsters are facing; what I believe is an inappropriate system of assessment; and the on-going reduction in school budgets.

I have loved being part of the Hungerford Community as Headteacher of a wonderful school and will miss working alongside you as parents, your amazing children and the incredibly hardworking staff and governors who all helped to achieve our OFSTED grading of Good in all areas last May.

The unrealistically high levels of accountability and the overly narrow focus on Maths and English to the exclusion of our youngsters’ many talents and skills in the wider curriculum have moved so far away from my philosophy of education that I can no longer lead the school in the direction that the Government requires.

I have therefore decided to take early retirement from Headship and will leave the school on 31 August 2017. This will allow the governors ample time to successfully appoint a new Headteacher who can take the school forward towards Outstanding.

I wish the school every success for the future and shall look forward to hearing all about the many great things it will continue to achieve.

With very best wishes,


Gerry Heaton


One Response

  1. I am very sad to hear this news, although I suspect that other schools throughout the country are also losing excellent head teachers owing to unreasonable and narrow expectations from a central government which obstinately refuses to accept that a good education cannot be limited to an extraordinarily system of constant monitoring.
    It is especially disappointing that Hungerford will be losing someone who has been so good at inspiring the members of the school staff, teachers and those in supporting roles, and encouraging pupils, to find and use their many varied talents, bringing a useful dose of good humour in these dire times of the latest incarnation of Gradgrind.

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