Longstanding headteacher step down after nearly 20 years at the top

Mark Westley Photography'Kevin Bullock retiring headteacher at Fordham Primary School. ANL-140912-185615009
Mark Westley Photography'Kevin Bullock retiring headteacher at Fordham Primary School. ANL-140912-185615009

As far as teaching standards go there are few that can match those attained by Fordham Primary School headteacher Kevin Bullock.

Over the past 19 years the 60 year old has turned the Isleham Road school into one of the best primary schools in the country.

That fact is underlined by the school being awarded three successive outstanding marks from government inspectors Ofsted since Mr Bullock’s arrival back in 1995 from Tudor Primary School in Sudbury.

However as of the start of next term the school will have to carry on their success without his involvement after the lifelong Ipswich Town fan has decided to call it a day.

“When I came to this school I wanted to develop a school which all the community would be proud of and I think I have achieved that,” said Mr Bullock.

“Without wanting to blow my own trumpet we have had three outstanding marks from Ofsted which I am really pleased off.

“As proud as I am of that producing children that are confident, motivated and being able to interact in an ever changing world is what makes me more satisfied.

“It will be the children I miss the most and seeing that sparkle when they get their first sum right or full marks in a spelling test.”

While Mr Bullock, who become a National Leader in Education back in 2011, attributes a proportion of his success down to the great staffing team he has had around him, part of it he believes has come from the fact xxxxx

“I could not have been successful with the great team of staff I have been fortunate to work with. A good headteacher surrounds themselves with even better staff,” said Mr Bullock.

“When I left school I only left with my 25 yard swimming certificate and it was not until I was 19 or 20 that I started going to evening school and it was a real challenge.

“Part of the success though was having that rugged determination and making sure I put things in place for the children as so they do not end up going through what I did in spending years of catching up.”

Unlike most retiring headteachers Mr Bullock, who during his time in charge at Fordham Primary School also worked in an advisor role to the cabinet office under the last Labour government, will now begin several new ventures.

“Upon my retirement I am going to really push on with my award excellence through employees project which I set up around two years ago which caters for both education and industry,” said Mr Bullock (CHECK).

“As a committed Christian I will also do some out reach work to those people in the community who find themselves in a challenging position and work in educational advisory role for the local diocese.”

Following in the footsteps of someone who has been so successful is always likely to be a hard act to follow, however Mr Bullock feels that he has left the role in two safe pairs of hands.

“Carole Etchie will take over as acting head teacher for the next term, before Kate Coates who is currently the head at Great Wilbraham will take over in the summer term,” said Mr Bullock.

“I am totally confident that both hands, first Carole, then Kate will do well and I am delighted to pass over the baton to them and I look forward to seeing their success.”