It has been a momentous year for Jane English, who has finally come to the end of her time as our Principal.  Her retirement has come after 35 years at the Academy where she first arrived as a PE teacher in 1982.  Over this period she has worked for the Local Authority, been heavily involved in the education system, including working with the British Council in Nigeria, Uganda and Ethiopia, and becoming the CEO of the Bay Education Trust (which includes PCSA, Kings Ash Academy and Curledge Academy), as well as winning the prestigious Pearson Lifetime Achievement Award last year.

Her final week at the Academy was jam packed with pupils and colleagues past and present visiting and congratulating her.  A presentation was held on Thursday 30th March, which saw Mark Smith, current Deputy Principal lead glowing tributes before Jane took to the stage to say her final goodbyes, recalling some great memories of her time over the years educating over 10,000 students and thanking hundreds of staff.

Jane English said:

“Moving towards the last few days as Principal of Paignton Community & Sports Academy and CEO of the Bay Education Trust, I have spent time reflecting on my years here in this school.  Foremost in my mind, is that I can honestly say that I have enjoyed coming into school every single day.  It has been a great place to work and that is down to the staff, governors, parents and pupils that I have worked with over the years.  There is something very special about our school, often commented on by our numerous visitors: it has a nice feel and a good atmosphere, which is always lovely to hear.  I have been so fortunate in the large numbers of people that I have had the pleasure to work with; they have all played such an important part in making Paignton the very successful school which it is today.”

It was a week of celebrations as Miss English was also invited by Kevin Foster MP to dinner in the House of Commons to honour her retirement where she had a lovely tour of the whole House with him, and learnt much about the parliamentary traditions. The Plymouth Lifeboat crew invited her out on a wonderful excursion around the breakwater in view of the Academy supporting a staff member to be a volunteer member of their team.  In addition the primary headteachers of Torbay invited Jane to their breakfast meeting where they presented her with a lovely gift of membership to the Torbay Countryside Trust.

Jane English said:

“I have received many cards and flowers from former staff and pupils as well as from those currently in the Academy and I have been very touched by their lovely messages.  I would like to thank you all for making my lifetime here in this school such an enjoyable and rewarding experience and it has been a joy to be the Principal.  I know that I leave the Academy in safe hands with Joint Acting Headteachers, Mr Mark Smith and Mr Jason Trevarthen.”

Mr Smith and Mr Trevarthen (currently both Deputy Principals) are looking forward to taking the helm at the Academy and between them have great experience at being able to drive the Academy forwards, keeping up the high standards that have recently been accredited by OFSTED and the unique and friendly all-inclusive atmosphere that is one of the Academy’s many strengths.

Miss English kindly gifted the Academy five beautiful awards to be given out at the annual Year 11 Record of Achievement ceremony, and two further awards to the Bay Education Trust.

(Pictured Miss English showing awards to Year 8’s Joe Ruocco and Maisie Moylan-Jones, and Year 9’s Mia Robins and James Tapley)

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