Axminster Primary School head resigns

PUBLISHED: 06:59 16 September 2015

Axminster Primary School

Axminster Primary School


Tony Harvell steps down after nearly a quarter of a century in charge

The long-serving head of Axminster Primary School has left after nearly a quarter of a century.

Tony Harvell has been replaced by deputy head Ingrid Edginton, in the newly created post of head of school for the autumn term.

The school will be advertising to fill the role permanently.

Axminster is part of the Acorn Multi Academy Trust with St Andrew’s at Chardstock, Mrs Ethelston’s, at Uplyme, Marshwood and Membury primary schools under executive head Andrea Rice.

A spokesman for the school said: “After a short period of illness, Tony Harvell has decided not to return to school.

“He would like to wish the staff, pupils, parents and governors every success for the future.”

The news comes as an investigation continues into the administration of the recent SATs tests at the school, the results of which have still not been released, as reported in the Herald last week.

In the meantime, there are other new faces amongst the teaching staff at Axminster, following the retirement of Jane Petherbridge last term.

Emma Metcalfe, Beth Thompson, Lucinda Burnell, Rebekah Brooks and Jessica Lovett have all joined for the start of term.

Ingrid Edginton said: “As part of the larger Multi Academy Trust, we can offer an exciting new curriculum and new learning opportunities for the children, in partnership with our fellow schools.

“Everything we do as teachers and support staff will be designed to ensure that every pupil at Axminster enjoys their learning and achieves their full potential.

“We are planning new clubs for the children and we will be listening carefully to what they want and what will motivate and enthuse them. We also want to hear the thoughts of our parents.

“We are starting the new term with a facelift for the school with our new, welcoming reception area and with the two nurseries joining together in Early Years.

“Now we want everyone working together to achieve the very best for the children.”

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