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A Decade of Dedication

by Michael Ford last modified 24 Jul, 2017 02:25 PM

Governors pay tribute as Sharon Buckland, Headteacher at Lulworth and Winfrith Primary School, bows out after ten eventful years.

Mrs Buckland joined the school at a pivotal time in September 2007, as the school embarked on an amalgamation of the two First Schools in West Lulworth and Winfrith. The process included managing two properties, transporting children between villages and instilling a common ethos on both sites. 

Following the two-year Purbeck Review, which concluded in 2010, Sharon worked tirelessly with governors and County building teams to oversee the extension of the Victorian building at Winfrith, as well as the planning and building of a brand new site at Lulworth. 

The school reopened as a Primary School in 2013 but, with older children staying on after Year 4, the Junior School site at Lulworth gradually became inadequate. Nevertheless, despite delays to building projects, staff continued to make creative use of the available space, with Mrs Buckland’s encouragement. 

Sharon oversaw the extension of the Victorian building at Winfrith as well as the planning and building of a brand new site at Lulworth, working with governors and County building teams alike. After nearly five years’ work, the school said a fond farewell to the 150 year-old building in February 2016. 

Chair of Governors Joanne Selfe says, “While all this was going on, Sharon got on with the day job, running the school with firmness, kindness and inspiration. Staff, children and parents all like and respect her and Governors have enjoyed working with her, finding her to be determined to make the school as good as it could possibly be and rigorous in her expectations of staff – including herself – and pupils. 

“In recent Ofsted and SIAMS inspections, the school has been graded as a solid Good. In the present climate, this is a very pleasing outcome, and one to be proud of. It is a testament to the excellent staff that Sharon has put in place and to whom she has given encouragement and aspiration towards continuous self-improvement for themselves and their pupils. 

“We all wish her a happy and fulfilled retirement – she has earned it!

“We welcome Richard Skinner, who will start as our new headteacher in September.”

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