North Cockerington school head retires after 17 years at the helm

Jean Stark and Lesley Thornes with staff and pupils at North Cockerington. Photo: Ian Holmes
Jean Stark and Lesley Thornes with staff and pupils at North Cockerington. Photo: Ian Holmes
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A well-loved head teacher is retiring after nearly 17 years at the helm of the village primary school where she was taught at as a young girl.

North Cockerington Church of England School will bid farewell to Jean Stark this Easter, and will welcome a new face in the hot seat.

Jean was a pupil at North Cockerington before going on to attend King Edward VI Grammar School in Louth, later obtaining her B.Ed from Humberside College.

She then fulfilled other teaching roles at Tetford and Wainfleet before going back to her roots in North Cockerington to become 
head.

Lesley Thornes, current head at East Wold Church of England Primary School in Legbourne will act as executive head of the two schools for the summer term, until a long term replacement can be found.

The school’s governors insist they are ‘determined’ to find the right person to fulfil Mrs Stark’s shoes.

“Jean will be missed by colleagues, pupils and parents for her unerring devotion to the school, her friendly and caring attitude and her wicked sense of humour,” said the governors.

“The governors are determined to seek the right person to success Mrs 
Stark.”

Lesley Thornes, who begins her new role after the Easter holidays, said she looked forward to cementing the existing relationship between the two schools.

“East Wold and North Cockerington have worked closely over a number of years, and this is a wonderful opportunity for both schools to learn even more about eachother to the benefit of all pupils,” she said.