Headteacher Paul ‘made a difference’ to thousands

PUBLISHED: 10:58 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:58 17 August 2017

Pic shows from left Paul Jones, Phil Norrey, Dawn Stabb, James McInnes and Richard Sommerwill.

Pic shows from left Paul Jones, Phil Norrey, Dawn Stabb, James McInnes and Richard Sommerwill.

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Paul Jones, chief executive of the First Federation, which oversees 13 primary schools across Devon, including Brixington Academy, Exmouth, and Lady Seaward’s, in Clyst St George, has retired after 42 years of working in the county.

Paul, who was previously head of Blackpool Primary School, was among 10 Devon headteachers recently recognised for their service and dedication to the profession.

Devon County Council’s cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, chief executive Phil Norrey and head of education and learning, Dawn Stabb, hosted the celebration for heads leaving their schools during the current academic year after a lifetime of service in Devon and other parts of the country.

Dr Norrey thanked 
the headteachers on behalf of the thousands of children who had passed through their care over the years.

He said: “It is heads and teachers in schools who make a difference and you can look back with pride on a job well done.”

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