Alburgh with Denton school head Joel Crawley bids farewell after 11 years

Joel Crawley, headteacher at Alburgh with Denton Primary School, is leaving after 11 years with the school and six years as head. ANL-160720-144923009

Joel Crawley, headteacher at Alburgh with Denton Primary School, is leaving after 11 years with the school and six years as head. ANL-160720-144923009

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The outgoing headteacher at Alburgh with Denton Primary says the school will “always have a special place” in his heart, before setting off in search of a new challenge.

Joel Crawley, who has been with the school for 11 years and took over as head six years ago, said farewell to staff members and students on Wednesday, as he moves to the lead role at a school in Oulton Broad, Suffolk.

Mr Crawley said he was “very sad to be leaving”, but was proud of his time at the school, having led it to an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating, and he added it was time for fresh leadership to come in.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the school and I will always look back on it with fondness,” he told the Diss Express.

“It’s a very special place and I have had an awful lot of support from parents and the staff. I have loved virtually every minute of it.

“I am moving to a larger primary school – it’s a new challenge and a new adventure for me.”

Mr Crawley, who has also led Brockdish Primary for the last year, received his official send-off from pupils and staff past and present on Tuesday.