New headteacher takes over at a ‘cracking little school’

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A VILLAGE primaary school officially now has a new headteacher.

Andy Cannadine has taken over the reins at Nocton Community Primary School having joined the school as deputy in 2009.

It is his first headship and he replaces Nick Dowler who retired at the end of last term, having worked together over the last year for a smooth transition.

Mr Cannadine said: “It has been hectic since coming back. I am still teaching for 70 per cent of the time as well.

“I teach all the Key Stage Two pupils. Because of the size of the school and cost implications that was the only way to do it this year. It is exciting but an incredible amount of work.

“The parents are incredibly supportive and the kids are brilliant. I have been loving every minute and would not swap it for anything.”

He has only been teaching since 2003, having initially started working life as a policeman, later working as a freelance mapping and guidebook editor before retraining as a teacher having felt ‘the calling’ to get back into the public sector. He has previously taught at Kirkby La Thorpe and Leasingham schools and commented: “Teaching is certainly the hardest job I have ever done. I now realise the praise for every colleague in teaching cannot be high enough.”

The school currently has 50 pupils and 13 staff on its books and is looking to grow, particularly by attracting private sponsorship to improve facilities.

They have already set up a community library manned by year six pupils open the public three times a week.

They are also looking to build a changing room on the school field, that is not attached to the school, which would double as a community facility. They are also looking to buy a minibus.

Mr Cannadine concluded: “We consider ourselves to be a cracking little school and only looking forward.”