Head steps down after 16 years at primary school

Mary Frankland.
Mary Frankland.

Carnforth head Mary Frankland retires this week after working at Christ Church CE Primary School for nearly 16 years.

Mrs Frankland was deputy head before taking on the top job for eight years.

She was born in Yorkshire and has always been passionate about children’s education. She trained at Lady Spencer Churchill College, Wheatley, Oxford before working at a middle school in Worcestershire.

After her marriage to Roger, Mrs Frankland taught for seven years in a middle school in Wimbledon .

Her three children Tom, Ella and Sam were all born in London, where she worked as a home tutor in Lambeth.

After moving to Lancashire, Mrs Frankland resumed her career by teaching on a daily supply basis in many local mainstream and special schools.

She then worked at St Joseph’s in Skerton for seven years, before completing an MA at Lancaster University and a specialist diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties from Bangor University.

Mrs Frankland then accepted the position of deputy head at Christ Church, Carnforth.

Her aim has always been to provide a high calibre broad and balanced curriculum, as she feels strongly that this is every child’s entitlement.

The school held a surprise retirement party and presentation to mark Mrs Frankland’s retirement. The school sang a special ‘thank you’ song and several older pupils read appropriate Bible readings.

Mrs Frankland now plans to pursue her personal reading, gardening and playing musical instruments, as well as travelling. She will continue her involvement at Nazareth House. She also plans to maintain her link with children by teaching children with special needs, in particular dyslexia or challenging behaviour, from September.

The newly appointed headteacher isDaniel Hargreaves, who will take up his post in September.