Two schools join forces to say farewell to executive headteacher

Special farewells were said this week to Mrs Jonquil King executive headteacher of Blackboys and Framfield Primary Schools.

Mrs King has held her role for the past five years since the two schools were brought together into the St Thomas a Becket Church of England Federation – one of the first school federations set up in East Sussex.

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Blackboys and Framfield Primary School children came together yesterday at a church service to celebrate executive headteacher Mrs Jonquil King’s time with them. Mrs King is pictured centre and with her, from the left, are chair of governors Mrs Katharine Rabson Stark, Framfield headteacher Mrs Jacqueline Davies, Blackboys headteacher Mr Graham Sullivan, and vicar for the two schools, the Rev Chris Lawrence.

She was head at Blackboys for more than ten years before becoming executive head, and is now moving on to take up a new appointment, working for the local authority, with the diocese, supporting education generally within East Sussex and further afield.

Blackboys and Framfield schools each held their own tea parties in honour of Mrs King and the children came together in a farewell service at Framfield Church yesterday, led by the Rev Chris Lawrence.

Blackboys held its tea party on Friday and the whole school took part in events which included a rendition of Mrs King’s favourite David Bowie songs, with the children accompanied by music teacher Mrs Bayman on the piano.

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Children sing at a tea party at Blackboys Primary School held in honour of executive headteacher Mrs Jonquil King who is leaving to take on a new role in education.

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Applause from parents and friends at the Blackboys Primary School tea party.

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Help for Mrs Jonquil King as she ceremoniously cuts a cake at Blackboys Primary School.

A cake was made for the occasion, carrying the school crest, along with cupcakes for each child. Former pupils and their parents were invited to enjoy the party too.

Framfield’s tea party was held yesterday afternoon and was launched with Mrs King putting the finishing touches to planting a tree to mark the occasion.

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Mrs Jonquil King puts the finishing touches to planting a tree at Framfield Primary School while pupils look on.

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Parent Teacher and Friends Association members join Mrs Jonquil King and Framfield Primary School for a picture yesterday.

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Another cake, and another helper, as Mrs Jonquil King cuts a cake at Framfield Primary School.

There was another cake, made by one of the parents, this time with a picture of the school on the top, cupcakes for the children, refreshments served by members of the PTFA, and entertainment including a piece by young violinists.

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Young violinists before their performance at a tea party at Framfield Primary School yesterday.

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PTFA members at the Framfield Primary School tea party yesterday.

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