‘Proud’ legacy of late headteacher lives on following sudden death

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 March 2018

St Andrew's Primary School, in Congresbury has received a good Ofsted report. Headteacher Fran Martin with pupils celebrating.

St Andrew's Primary School, in Congresbury has received a good Ofsted report. Headteacher Fran Martin with pupils celebrating.

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High praise has been offered to a village school by a Government watchdog, five months after the sudden death of its headteacher.

PTA at St Andrew's School, Michelle Brumby, Kate Vincent, Helen Woolford and Sarah Lake with Head Teacher Neil Tuttiett in the IT suite which the PTA have fund raised for.PTA at St Andrew's School, Michelle Brumby, Kate Vincent, Helen Woolford and Sarah Lake with Head Teacher Neil Tuttiett in the IT suite which the PTA have fund raised for.

High praise has been offered to a village school by a Government watchdog, five months after the sudden death of its headteacher.

Congresbury’s St Andrew’s Primary School has been rated good by Ofsted following the death of the inspirational Neil Tuttiett, with inspectors finding his ‘proud’ legacy lives on.

Mr Tuttiett was diagnosed with two brain tumours in the school summer holidays of 2017, and he lost his battle with the illness in September.

His untimely death sparked a flood of tributes from parents and colleagues – who described him as a ‘bright light’ guiding pupils. He earned much praise for his leadership, playing a pivotal role in the school’s creation when Glebe Infant School and St Andrew’s Junior School merged in 2009.

St Andrew's Primary School, in Congresbury has received a good Ofsted report. Headteacher Fran Martin with pupils celebrating.St Andrew's Primary School, in Congresbury has received a good Ofsted report. Headteacher Fran Martin with pupils celebrating.

Fran Martin took the reigns as acting headteacher in September, and Ofsted says she has ‘sensitively maintained’ the blueprint left by Mr Tuttiett.

Mrs Martin told the Times she is ‘delighted’ with Ofsted’s report.

She said: “It is a fitting tribute to the children, governors and staff – past and present – for their hard work and commitment to making St Andrew’s a good school.”

Inspector Lorna Brackstone, who visited the school in January, found St Andrew’s leaders are guiding pupils well and students are making good progress.

She said: “St Andrew’s continues to be a good school where everyone is valued, cared for and encouraged to succeed both academically and socially.

“Its fully inclusive ethos is a fitting tribute to the leadership of the late headteacher who worked closely with all members of the school community to ensure that every child in his care received the best possible education.

“His legacy, of which there is so much to be proud, has been very sensitively maintained by Mrs Martin, who, parents feel, has a ‘good balance of leadership, discipline and charisma’.

“Leaders have remained strong and focused during this sad time and continue to put the children at the heart of all they do.”

Ms Brackstone said feedback from parents praised the school’s handling of the ‘highly-respected’ headteacher’s death, adding ‘children have been given support to cope with their own feelings and process what has happened’.

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