Sidlesham school bids farewell to retiring headteacher

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SIDLESHAM Primary School headteacher Steve Rackstraw is retiring after 24 years.

The school was nearly half the size when he first took up the role of head teacher in 1988; since then numbers have grown to around 140 pupils, all of which will be sad to see him go.

Not only has the number of pupils doubled, so has the size of the school.

Mr Rackstraw was instrumental in the development of the new school sports hall in 2003, used not only to enhance the children’s educational experience while in school, but also giving the local community the opportunity to use it.

“He has worked tirelessly during this time and has overseen many changes. His never-ending energy has taken hundreds of children on residential trips to Fairthorne Manor, Ironbridge and France.

“His hard work and dedication were acknowledged this week at school,” said a spokesman from Sidlesham Primary School.

Mr Rackstraw’s achievements were also reiterated by the 2007 OFSTED report, praising the head teacher for leading ‘a good and improving school with outstanding pupil behaviour’.

Tribute was paid to his enthusiasm and commitment in a special assembly for the children last week. A family BBQ was also held to give the children, staff and parents the opportunity to say farewell to Mr Rackstraw before he leaves this week.