Cheryl returns to first school - as head

CHERYL Singleton loved life so much at a primary school in Suffolk that she has now returned to her old school as headteacher.At 32, Mrs Singleton is one of the youngest headteachers in the county and her schooldays in Easton, near Woodbridge, remain fresh in her memory.

CHERYL Singleton loved life so much at a primary school in Suffolk that she has now returned to her old school as headteacher.

At 32, Mrs Singleton is one of the youngest headteachers in the county and her schooldays in Easton, near Woodbridge, remain fresh in her memory.

She has the school's scrapbook to remind her of life at Easton where she was a pupil until aged 11.

Mrs Singleton, who now lives in Woodbridge, is pictured in various school photographs and her sister Suzanne and their brother John also attended the village school, arriving on the bus from their home in Kettleburgh.


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Playing conkers, enjoying the annual sports day, hating beetroot at lunchtime and drinking free warm milk are vivid memories.

Mrs Singleton can recall a “really old metal apparatus that I was desperate to go on but never allowed to.”

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That redundant playground equipment has been replaced by an impressive wooden model bought by the Parent Teacher Association.

“I loved it at Easton. There were only four children in my year and in the last year I was the oldest in the school and I was really proud of that. Eddie Green came in as a teacher and when he was head he bought the school's first computer.

“We had one television in the school and now we have laptops and interactive whiteboards. Lunches were served on proper plates with knives and forks, and I would like to bring that back instead of the plastic things we use now,” said Mrs Singleton, who left Easton in 1986 and then attended Thomas Mills High School, Framlingham.

She taught at primary schools in Orford, Woodbridge and Sproughton before arriving at Easton last September.

Pupil numbers at Easton have remained between 60 and 70 children in the last 25 years.

Martin Churchill, a school governor, said: “It's great to have Cheryl back and bringing with her new ideas and energy to move us forward.

“She's brought a youthful vision to the school which, as governors, we welcome wholeheartedly.

“The new IT equipment, for example, is distributed throughout the school whereas we'd just envisaged a computer room. My six-year-old daughter is now teaching me how to use my lap top and digital camera.

''Easton is obviously a very different looking school to when she was here the first time but still the friendly country primary school that she, my wife and others remember as old pupils.

“It's also good to have someone who knows the area and our new links with Easton Farm Park offer great opportunities for the children.”

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