Cookham Dean headteacher steps down after seven years at the helm

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James Preston

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After seven years at the helm of Cookham Dean Primary School its headteacher is packing away her exercise books for the last time.

Judith Mackie is ending her 37-year teaching career at a place that has been very special to her.

She said: “I couldn’t think of a better place to end on.

“I’ve just had the most amazing seven years working with fantastic children, brilliant parents and the most amazing staff.

“It’s an amazing place to finish my teaching career.”

Mrs Mackie, who is retiring, will be passing over the reigns to deputy headteacher Fenella Reekie who will take up the post of acting headteacher for the next academic year.

She added: “I am delighted with the choice. Fenella came to us as a newly qualified teacher and we have allowed her to grow and reach that level.”

An annual trip to Wales held by the school in Bigfrith Road is one of the things Mrs Mackie says she will miss when she leaves at the end of term later this month.

Being able to hear the talented singers and musicians in the school perform regularly is something she is also sad to be leaving behind.

She added: “I started at the school at the same time as our current year six so we will have started and be leaving together at the same time.”

Mrs Mackie spent most of her career working in special educational needs but took the plunge into leadership 10 years ago with a deputy headship role before coming across to Cookham Dean Primary School seven years ago as headteacher.

“I couldn’t have had a better school, it’s been tiring and hard work but amazing experience,” she added. “A great way to end my career.”

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