Pupils, teachers and support staff at a Newham primary school came together recently to bid farewell and lots of future success to their headteacher as she leaves for new opportunities, the council magazine the Newham Mag reported recently.
Yvonne Ward, who has been in the teaching profession for 35 years and was headteacher at Vicarage Primary School in East Ham for a decade, was treated to a ‘fond farewell’ by her school. Her leaving ceremony was attended by none other than the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, alongside local councillor Quintin Peppiatt. They and Vicarage Primary School children and teachers congratulated Ward as she spent her last day as headteacher before retiring.
Vicarage Primary, which serves one of the most diverse populations in London, was recently declared as ‘outstanding’ by inspectors from the government schools inspection authority Ofsted under Ward’s watch. Under her leadership, the popular headteacher helped improve the once-flagging school to achieve Green Eco flag status for greener schools. Her other noteworthy achievements include Vicarage attaining Centre of Excellence status for inclusion of pupils from challenged backgrounds, and the school winning national awards for its teaching and provision in the subjects of physical education (PE), art, singing and basic skills. Vicarage also won gold in the Sainsbury’s School Games in the 2013/14 academic year, received a ‘higher standards level’ from the Sustainable Travel Board, and has links with Read Write Inc., the Arts Council of England and is quality accredited.
Ward also supervised a massive refurbishment programme at the school and was host to a number of community events held on school premises that involved hundreds of people.
The borough’s mayor attended a farewell garden party held in Yvonne Ward’s honour. He said at the party: “Yvonne’s and the school’s motto is Be The Best You Can Be. She definitely proved that in her years at Vicarage School and across her distinguished career. We wish her continued success and thank her for all she has achieved”.
Vicarage Primary School, located in Vicarage Lane, East Ham, is a four-form educational institution operating out of traditional Victorian brick school buildings. The children range from nursery age to Year 6 (3-16 years of age), and the school places a high emphasis on pupil educational, physical and mental development, while building strong partnerships with parents and carers.