Head to retire with OBE Cherry on cake

Cherry Edwards OBE who is retiring as executive headteacher of Abbey Academies Trust with pupils, chairman of governors John Kirkman and vice chairman Duncan Pickering (back) at Bourne Abbey Church of England Primary Academy.  Photo by David Lowndes.

Cherry Edwards OBE who is retiring as executive headteacher of Abbey Academies Trust with pupils, chairman of governors John Kirkman and vice chairman Duncan Pickering (back) at Bourne Abbey Church of England Primary Academy. Photo by David Lowndes.

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A new era lies ahead for Bourne’s Abbey Academies Trust after executive headteacher Cherry Edwards’ decision to retire in July.

Mrs Edwards (64), made an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List last June, is to end a 32-year career as a headteacher at schools in Yorkshire, London and Bourne where she has spent the last 11 years.

Cherry Edwards receives her OBE from the Queen.

Cherry Edwards receives her OBE from the Queen.

In her time as a headteacher in Bourne, Mrs Edwards has overseen the opening of Bourne Elsea Park Primary Academy and the appointment of Bourne Abbey Primary Academy as a national teaching school, both in September 2014.

Mrs Edwards said: “Having been a headteacher for the past 32 years, the last 11 years here at our wonderful Bourne Abbey, I have made the decision to retire.

“I will be 65 in the next academic year and I have announced my retirement for the end of this academic year 2014-15 as I believe this will give the governors plenty of time to recruit a new executive headteacher.

“However, I have made it clear to the governors that if, for some reason, this proves not to be the case then I will continue to commit myself to the role as executive headteacher to ensure absolute continuity for our schools and pupils until the right appointment can be made.”

Chairman of governors John Kirkman said: “Cherry is leaving us very much at the top of her career and we are truly grateful for everything she has done in the last 11 years.”