A Norwich headteacher has retired after 24 years in the job.

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Executive headteacher Len Holman said goodbye to children and teachers at the federeated Angel Road Infant and Junior Schools, in Old Catton, yesterday afternoon during a busy and emotional day.

He hosted an award ceremony in the morning before watching the children’s talent show.

In the afternoon two assemblies were held in his honour of the head at both the Infant and Junior school buildings. These involved singing, speeches and present giving.

He said: “I have seen over 2,000 children go through this school and some have gone on to do great things.” One of his pupils has gone on to work at the White House, alongside President Obama, he explained.

The headteacher described how he knew the time had come to retire when a child came up to him claiming he had previously taught his grandfather.

He added: “I thought then it was probably time to retire, teaching grandparents is a bit extreme!”

At the annual Year three Christmas concert he spoke about bumping into a 48-year-old pupil who was in the very first class he ever taught.

To bring an end to the celebrations, a big party was held at the junior school which was attended by many guests; including past members of staff. Mr Holman has plans to buy a house in Florida where he can spend some quality time in retirement.

The headteacher left with some final words on his passion and love for both the schools. He added: “It is with a really heavy heart that I’m leaving. I’m such a lucky person to have been leading the schools and being part of such a brilliant community.”

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1 comment

  • This school is not in Old Catton. think its New Catton.

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    Yellow Fox

    Saturday, December 21, 2013

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