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Another school year begins


Welcome back everyone!

It has been a relatively calm and ordered start to the 2017-18 school year – unusual really!

It’s so lovely to see the pupils back in school looking healthy and sun-kissed! I’m sure they grow quicker in the summer months, many are taller now than I am – they make me feel very proud!

We’ve welcomed a few new pupils and staff and said sad goodbyes to a group of very special leavers – Sophie, Robert, Tom, Luke, Molly and Andrew. They left Pear Tree in July and have each pursued their own chosen pathways to further independence, of course we wish each of them lots of love, luck, happiness and success.

As you will all know I am retiring at Christmas so this is my last term as Headteacher at Pear Tree School – what an honour! It’s been 13 years since I arrived and  it’s been a privilege and pleasure (well for at least half of the 13 years!).

And now as I approach my retirement I  reflect on everything that’s been achieved here and feel immense pride.  It’s almost time for me to move over and let Kate take the helm – she’s raring to go and is going to be just perfect!

I’ve just counted up in my diary and it’s 15 weeks until we finish for Christmas so I’ve got ages yet before I have to say goodbye.

So here goes…another school year begins, I say it every year and I’ve never been wrong – this is going to be the best year ever at Pear Tree School!!

Kindest regards,







Changing Times!

Dear Parents and Carers,

I realise that I’m not as diligent in updating my blog as all the classes at Pear Tree are – I think its an age thing; I’m the wrong side of middle age to be keeping up with 21st century technology!

My last blog was at the beginning of the school year, bearing in mind, we’re now 2/3rds of the way through this academic year that’s pretty poor – even though I say so myself.

I write now to let you all know that I have made the decision to retire with effect from 31st December 2017. That’s still 2 full terms away so we can all get used to the idea of change – me more than anyone else I guess!

The interviews for the next Headteacher at Pear Tree School have already taken place and I’m absolutely thrilled to tell you that Kate Walker, Assistant Head here at Pear Tree will take the helm as Headteacher from January 1st 2018. Kate has worked as a senior leader at Pear Tree for 7 years and has proven herself to be talented, inspirational, caring and passionate; to name just a few of her many qualities.

I have enjoyed almost every minute as Headteacher at Pear Tree. It’s a truly fabulous school which has been at the top of its game for many years. I’m proud of everything that’s been achieved here; especially by our wonderful children and young people. It’s been an absolute privilege to lead this school for the last 13 years but now it’s almost time to move over and give Kate the opportunity to take on headship!

I thank each and everyone of you for your support and friendship over the years.

I won’t say too much more now because there’s plenty of time for me to get the hang of this blogging business before I do eventually retire and you will hear more from me before I do!

Warmest wishes,




Another school year begins…

What a busy day it’s been, its hard to believe this is the first day back!

It has been so lovely to see all our wonderful children and young people coming back to school with smiles on their faces, new uniforms on and an inch or 2 taller! I hope the summer has been kind to you all, the return to school will be a relief I’m sure.

We all had a surprise when we discovered that Lindsey Dickinson our teacher in Early Years had got married in secret in Antigua; she is now Mrs Burt. Congratulations to Lindsey and Tom!

Here’s to another great year at Pear Tree!

Lesley Sullivan


I stand quietly – poem by parent of autistic child

Hello all,

My daughter sent me this link. I thought I’d share it with you.



Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all





As a thankyou for an amazing open evening on Wednesday, we treated all of our fantastic staff and children to ice cream and bubbles from the ice cream man! Just a pity that after the fabulous weather we’ve had recently, it rained all afternoon! At least ice cream tastes great no matter what the weather!





As a thank you for an amazing open evening, we treated all of our fantastic staff and children to ice cream and bubbles from the ice cream man. Just a pity that after the fantastic weather we have had recently, it rained. At least ice cream tastes great no matter what the weather!

Senior 1 school holiday

Just waved our senior 1 class off to Borwick Hall for the week; everyone was very excited! It looks like they are going to have fantastic weather all week which is great for all of the outdoor activities that they have planned. Vicky is hoping to update us all daily on their class blog so keep a look out for her posts.

St George’s day parade




The St George’s day parade was a huge success and we won first prize for best float! Everyone really enjoyed themselves and I felt so proud of all of our children, parents and staff. Thank you to everyone who came today to make our float entry such a huge success; the judges and spectators were full of praise for our hard work. Special thanks must also go to Wayne and Julie (Harry’s mum and dad) and Jo (Jacob’s mum) for helping us to decorate our float yesterday- as you can see from the “before” photo it was a huge job and we couldn’t have done it without them.




Dr Who

We had our first meeting today for our upper school musical – Dr Who the musical!
It was very exciting as lots of people overcame their nerves to do an audition. Well done to everyone who took part and I know we are going to put on a fabulous show. Here is the cast list:

Dr Who – Lewis
Cookie (Dr Who’s Assistant) – Thomas
Lenny (Dr Who’s Assistant) – Anthony
Navigation Officer – Luke
School girl 1 – Bronagh
School girl 2 – Elimae
King Doom – Daniel
Evil Alien Lord – James
Evil Alien Assistant – Joey
Evil Alien Assistant – Brandon
Television Presenter – Megan

Dr Who the musical will be on Wednesday 2nd April at 10 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.
We will let you know when tickets are available


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