Pupils pay fond farewell to Caister headteacher

Pupils pay fond farewell to Caister headteacher

A head teacher who has spent his life in education is retiring to enjoy time with his family.

“I’m so proud of the school,” said Mr McCarney. “All of our achievements are above the national average, and I put that down to the staff. Their relationship with the children and their parents is excellent.”

Mr McCarney, 61, has plenty to be proud of, with the school previously being rated as outstanding by Ofsted and over 90% of parents reporting that they would recommend the school in a recent survey.

Statistics aside, the children give a more meaningful indication of the school’s success.

“They don’t like the weekends because they can’t come to school,” Mr McCarney laughed. “We have an interesting curriculum, it engages them.”

The biggest part of Mr McCarney’s legacy, he said, would be the successful bid for a children’s centre in 2008. “It meant we had children here from zero all the way until seven, allowing us to work with the whole family.” This even continues after the age of seven through strong links with Caister Junior School to support transition.

Mr McCarney’s popularity was proven on Monday afternoon when a surprise party was held on the school field. He danced along as the children serenaded him with ‘Let It Go’, from Frozen, and cheered his name during Pharrell’s chart topper ‘Happy’. “That was better than the film!” he said.

The dedication finished with Lazy Days. “I’m looking forward to having some of these!”

Mr McCarney will enjoy his retirement by spending time with his daughters, Abigail, 35 and Hannah, 33, as well as his four grandchildren. He will also take time to practice his hobbies; photography and golf.

As for Caister Infants School, he isn’t worried about its future once he leaves. “There are strong stable foundations”, he said. “The school and the staff will continue to provide an interesting and exciting experience for children when the new head, Nick Southgate, takes over in September.”

This news story was provided by Great Yarmouth Mercury


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