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Letter about Mrs Swainson

Reference:  5S Mrs Swainson

Dear Parents/Carers,

Sadly, our much loved and respected friend and colleague, Mrs Swainson, will be leaving school to focus on new ventures and to take some time to pursue interests out of the classroom. Although we are very happy for her and we wish her well, we are also very saddened to be losing an outstanding teacher and valued colleague, much loved and respected by staff, parents, governors and children alike.

Although Mrs Swainson is way too youthful to be at retirement age, she actually started her teaching career at OLOL some 25 years ago as an NQT! Her great regard and fondness for our school, its ethos and high standards resulted not only in her staying to present day but also her belief and vested interest in OLOL, resulted in her sons, James and George attending the school as part of the OLOL family! The family connection to the school can also be traced back on her husband’s side of the family as coincidentally, Mrs Swainson’s uncle was a onetime Headteacher at OLOL.

As well as being consistently rated internally as well as externally by OFSTED as ‘Outstanding’, Mrs Swainson, as RE Lead, successfully secured the acclaimed ‘Live Simply Award’ in 2017, after a very rigorous process. Our school was the first in the country to be accredited with this and we are very proud as a result. Again, in RE inspections, she led the school in securing the ‘Outstanding’ grades. She was also experienced in leading the Creative Curriculum for children and bid successfully for initiatives such as Curious Minds.

Her competitive streak and high aspirations could be seen when she organised and coached the successful girls’ netball team for many years. Mrs Swainson was a long serving member of the Senior Leadership Team for many years. In addition, she served as a catechist for quite some time in the school and parish community in helping with sacramental preparation for the children at school.

One of Mrs Swainson’s areas of responsibility was to oversee trainee teachers and students and she proved herself to be an excellent role model and mentor in this respect.

I’m sure you will join with us, the children and the Governing Body in wishing her well as she leaves OLOL to spend time in new and exciting pursuits.

We will miss you, Mrs Swainson!

Kind regards


Mrs C. McDermott

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