There were lots of cheers and tears shed at a surprise farewell assembly in December held at Red Oaks School, Swindon for departing headteacher Terri Menham.
Thinking she could slip away without ceremony Terri was met by an outpouring of appreciation for her work by colleagues and children.
Terri was appointed to launch Red Oaks Primary School before it opened in 2006, having done the same at Peatmoor primary in 1999. She said: “After 17 years in headship it was time to move on and free myself from the school timetable, and from conforming to the education strategy of the government of the day.
“It’s a rare thing to have the opportunity to launch a brand new school; to do it twice has been a blessing.
“For me education is about children, children, children. Creating an environment where they become excited and inspired to learn whatever their abilities has always been central to my outlook. And I’ve had an incredible team around me at Red Oaks to achieve this. They give hugely to instill the love of learning in the children.”
Terri said there had been so many incredible events at Red Oaks since it opened, from an outstanding Ofsted in 2010, to the visit by the Fonz to celebrate the school’s commitment to dyslexia support and inclusion of all children, the trips to France, the development of a global curriculum and the friendship with schools in South Africa and Lesotho.
“It’s all been about promoting values for life, helping children to become thoughtful and respectful citizens and give them the confidence to move on to secondary school,” said Terri.
Pictured: Terri Menham at the Red Oaks pre-Olympics celebration last summer