Kenyan born British deputy headteacher retiring after helping to turn around school’s fortunes

Mrs Day headteacher
Mrs Day with pupils from Tower View Primary School Photo: Tower View Primary School

A popular British deputy-headteacher, who was born and raised in Kenya, is retiring to enjoy family life, gardening and take trips around the world.

62 year old Judy Day helped turn around the fortunes of Tower View Primary School in Winshall near Burton-upon-Trent from “requiring improvement” to an Ofsted rating of “Good”. She has said she will miss pupils and staff at Tower View Primary School, but intends to return to help care for the woodland she helped to create there.

Thanks to Judy, the school has benefited from the introduction of an orchard, allotments, flower beds, outdoor classrooms and a thriving pupil environmental club. The pupils also enjoy “Welly Wednesday”, when they can come to school in their wellington boots.

After she contacted the Woodland Trust, they helped the school to planted around 2,000 trees in the grounds to improve the children’s outdoor learning.

Judy was born and raised in Kenya after her father was posted to the East African country, working for the British government.

She was an agricultural economist in Kenya before entering the teaching profession and settled in the Midlands with her husband and children thirty-two years ago.

The school held a special picnic in the grounds to celebrate her retirement as well as some special leavers’ assemblies and she was inundated with gifts and well-wishing messages.

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