TATWORTH Primary School is welcoming a new headteacher after saying goodbye to its former leader.

Steve Clarke left the school to retire at the end of the last term in December.

Former deputy head Tracey Hart has taken up the position following his departure.

The school,which is Ofsted-rated ‘good’ and teaches around 200 children, celebrated Mr Clarke’s time at the school with a sports day event to say goodbye.

The event had seven different sporting activities including gymnastics, orienteering, and country dancing.

The departing headteacher said: “When I joined three and a half years ago the school had been through a difficult period.

“All the staff and governors have worked extremely hard to improve the educational opportunities for the children.

“The school is now more self confident and I’m leaving the school in very good hands with my deputy Tracey Hart taking over the reins who will be very well supported by an enthusiastic governing body.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my last couple of days at the school particularly the sports day and joining in the fun with the children. I’m looking forward to my retirement but will particularly miss the children and the colleagues I worked alongside.”

Ms Hart will now lead the school alongside Sarah Hewitson as deputy head and Ann Webb as special educational needs co-ordinator.

Newly appointed Ms Hart said: “I feel very privileged to be the new headteacher.

“With the children placed at the heart of everything we do, we will continue to build on Tatworth’s success and progress to allow every child to achieve and enjoy their education.

“The warm atmosphere and constant drive for improvement at Tatworth make it a very special place.”