Great Waldingfield: Reading chair a delight for pupils and head

Retiring headteacher Angie Jones in the schools new big reading chair at Great Waldingfield School.

Retiring headteacher Angie Jones in the schools new big reading chair at Great Waldingfield School. Left to right, Millie Strolenberg, Angie Jones and Kieran Flynn. - Credit: Archant

It’s become a popular focal point for children at a Suffolk school.

And its headteacher is rightly proud of the giant reading chair which was commissioned by the Friends group of Great Waldingfield Primary.

Standing more than 6ft tall, it is big enough to comfortably hold two children and an adult and was created by Bures firm Riecraft.

But for Angie Jones, the school head, her short time of using the unique chair is coming to an end as she will be taking early retirement at the end of the summer term.

Her departure and the chair’s arrival have been two of the main talking points for pupils, staff and parents over the past few weeks.

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After 30 years in teaching across Suffolk and Essex and nine of those as headteacher at Great Waldingfield the 59-year-old has seen the school develop with two “outstanding” Ofsted reports and last year it won an eco award for sustainability called “Love Food Hate Waste”.

Mrs Jones, who lives in Castle Hedingham, is now hoping to develop her passion for writing and has even been offered tuition to drive her neighbouring farmer’s combine harvester.

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She is also planning to work as a tutor with parents to help them support their children with reading and numeracy.

She said: “This is an exciting, often demanding and ever-changing job and with yet more Government initiatives coming to schools this autumn I am happy to step down.

“I have a quote in my office ‘To teach is to touch a life forever.’ It has been my privilege to have touched the lives of so many children over the years.”

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