Roydon Primary teacher retires after 24 years as head

A south Norfolk headteacher will wave an emotional goodbye to a school he has led for 24 years.

Andy Parris, 59, is retiring from from Roydon Primary School, near Diss, at the end of term.

Taking charge at the helm will be Sarah Bradford, currently the deputy head at Magdalen Gates Primary School in Norwich.

Mr Parris, who lives in Fressingfield, near Harleston, said: 'I think I have been very fortunate in my career. Being a headteacher is a super job, no matter what you read.'

Last year the school was rated outstanding by Ofsted inspectors. 'I know this school is a really good school with great staff so wherever it goes when I'm gone will only be a positive route,' he said.

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Mr Parris began teaching in Corby before moving on to schools in Wellingborough and Milton Keynes.

His wife Pat was a teacher at Sir John Leman High School, in Beccles, before retiring six years ago.

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The Friends of Roydon School marked Mr Parris's retirement with a barbecue and disco for parents and pupils – past and present – on Friday, and a separate gathering for staff.

A special leaving assembly will also take place on the last day of term.

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