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A Message from Mr Outterside

Dear Parents and Carers,


I have informed the Westerhope Governing Body that I will be retiring from my position as Headteacher of Westerhope Primary School on 31st December 2021. This has been a difficult decision after 30 years in primary education. I am proud of what we have achieved since 2016 – Westerhope is a wonderful place but I feel it is time for me to move on from headship duties.


The Westerhope Governing Body have been determined to ensure the school continues to thrive and that continuity is maintained. Last night, Susan Hall (Chair of Governors) brought together members of the GB to appoint Mrs Sarah Russell as my successor. She has been an excellent Deputy Head and has become well known across our group of schools during her 14 years at Westerhope.  I think this is a wonderful appointment and one which I whole-heartedly endorse. Please be assured our school is in ‘safe hands’ with the prospect of an extremely bright headteacher in waiting.


My job for the remainder of my tenure is to ensure the transition to new leadership is as smooth as possible and that our children continue to recover academically, socially and emotionally from the period of the pandemic. Hopefully, we will all be in a better position by September to return to normal and usher in our new school leader by the end of autumn.


I will still be involved in education post retirement but this will not entail any full-time work or headship duties. I will be doing some supportive work for our 9 OWL Trust schools in order that our schools collaborate more on aspects of teaching and learning. I look forward to still keeping in touch with the staff and pupils, however, this will be very much a part-time role to allow me to enjoy more free time.


Thanks again for your support. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Mrs Russell and that you will give her your full support for the exciting times ahead for the children.




Mark Outterside