Primary school’s new headteacher is a former pupil

The newly appointed headteacher of a Sutton primary school is also a former pupil.

Miss Fiona Oastler will take over as the new head of Devonshire Primary School from next term as current head Martin Kearsey retires at the end of next week after 34 years in the profession.

Miss Oastler is currently the school’s Deputy Headteacher and joined Devonshire at the same time as the outgoing head. She will be the first female head of the school and only the fourth in its history since it opened in 1968.

She said: ““I have such fond memories of starting my school life at Devonshire. Little did I realise I would one day be the headteacher at the school.

“Many things have changed over the years, but one thing has remained constant – giving children the best possible start in life, in a warm and supportive environment.

“It has been a great experience working alongside Martin for the past 10 years, and I am thrilled to be following in his footsteps. I wish him a very happy retirement.

“Next year, it will be 50 years since the school opened and we are looking forward to celebrating this very special anniversary.”

Mr Kearsey, who started his teaching career at Moor Lane, Chessington before moving on to Bandon Hill Primary in Wallington, said he was looking forward to a busy retirement.

“I am not planning to put my feet up too much. I have already signed up for some courses at Sutton College. Gardening, decorating, writing and acting will feature prominently, as will spending time with my beautiful granddaughters.

“The governors have made a really wise decision. Miss Oastler will be a terrific headteacher.

“She understands the school’s caring yet aspirational ethos. Crucially, she has played a significant part in creating a wonderful staff team who will work together to drive the school forward.”