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haylandsprimaryThe headteacher of Haylands Primary School in Ryde, Mr Stefan Hopper, has resigned from his post prompting an interim headteacher to be brought in.

Hopper, who has been at the school for the past 10 years and has overseen the move from the former school site in Playstreet Lane to Bettsworth Road, has resigned from the role as head of the school to focus on new challenges.

Mr Stephen Bartlett, the current headteacher at Nine Acres Primary School in Newport, has been appointed as the interim head.

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In a statement issued today by the Chair of Governors, Mr Hopper said:

“The decision the tender my resignation has not been an easy one to make. However I now feel the time is right to afford myself a new challenge and to consider the needs of my family, who have been a source of constant support for the past ten years of my headship at Haylands. Without their unwavering help and understanding, it would not have been possible to have given this commitment to the school.

“It has been a privilege and honour to lead the school through a significant period of challenge and change, both in terms of its own history but also of education generally on the Island. I have now decided that following the completion of the new Haylands Primary School building and the settling of the school community, into its new home, that this is an appropriate time to consider my own professional development and future.

“I am confident the school will move forward positively onto the next stage of its development given the improvement plans in place and the financial security the school has at its disposal. This will support further, the pupils, parents and families of the community which the school serves so well.

It is with this in mind that I pass on my heartfelt best wishes for the future to all the pupils, staff and governors of HaylandsPrimary School. I have indeed walked ‘Hand in Hand’ with you all and been very ‘Happy at Haylands.”

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