Popular Trowbridge headmaster calls it a day

John of Gaunt headteacher Andy Packer celebrates the good Ofsted report with sixth formers Max and Olivia

John of Gaunt headteacher Andy Packer celebrates the good Ofsted report with sixth formers Max and Olivia

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John of Gaunt headteacher Andy Packer is leaving the Trowbridge school in July to seek a fresh challenge.

Mr Packer, 56, has been at the school in Wingfield Road, which has 1,300 pupils, for 10 years.

He does not have a new job lined up, but intends to remain in education

He said: “It was a tough decision and the easy option would have been to see another couple of years out and stop all together but I felt this was the right time to apply my 34 years of teaching experience somewhere new.”

Mr Packer also wants to spend more time with his wife Juliet and children Lily, 18, and Joe, 15.

He said: “I’m looking forward to having some freedom. I’d quite like to do some more mountain walking and, of course, take advantage of some cheaper flight deals when we go away.”

He has many happy memories of John of Gaunt and was delighted the school received a good rating in its Ofsted inspection last month. In an inspection last April Ofsted said it ‘required improvement’.

He said: “John of Gaunt is in a very strong place at the minute and the Ofsted report supports that. What is more important to me is that the children in the school have smiles on their faces and form good relationships with staff.”

Mr Packer, who lives near Calne, said: “I’ve done everything I can to help this school grow and now it is time to hand over the baton.

“I’d like to thank the pupils, parents, staff and my governing body, who have all helped make this school a much better place than I first came to.

“I’ve worked in four schools and I’ve never worked anywhere as special as John of Gaunt. I love this school in the same way you love your children.”

The school is interviewing for a new headteacher.

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7:12pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Mum369 says...

Very sad that Mr Packer is leaving but wish him all the best for his future ventures. Mr Packer is a model head teacher and will be a true loss to Trowbridge. I have three children and all three of them look up to and respect him. He takes the time to get to know the students in his care and genuinely prepares them for their life after school. Many thanks for all his care, consideration and hard work.
Very sad that Mr Packer is leaving but wish him all the best for his future ventures. Mr Packer is a model head teacher and will be a true loss to Trowbridge. I have three children and all three of them look up to and respect him. He takes the time to get to know the students in his care and genuinely prepares them for their life after school. Many thanks for all his care, consideration and hard work. Mum369
  • Score: 5

7:23pm Sat 12 Apr 14

MeMyselfI123 says...

Mum369 wrote:
Very sad that Mr Packer is leaving but wish him all the best for his future ventures. Mr Packer is a model head teacher and will be a true loss to Trowbridge. I have three children and all three of them look up to and respect him. He takes the time to get to know the students in his care and genuinely prepares them for their life after school. Many thanks for all his care, consideration and hard work.
I agree with the previous comment-he is a fantastic head teacher.
[quote][p][bold]Mum369[/bold] wrote: Very sad that Mr Packer is leaving but wish him all the best for his future ventures. Mr Packer is a model head teacher and will be a true loss to Trowbridge. I have three children and all three of them look up to and respect him. He takes the time to get to know the students in his care and genuinely prepares them for their life after school. Many thanks for all his care, consideration and hard work.[/p][/quote]I agree with the previous comment-he is a fantastic head teacher. MeMyselfI123
  • Score: 4

10:36pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Sazzer says...

It's so nice to see some positive comments praising Mr Packer. I hope when my children go there (in 6 years time) that the leadership is still so encouraging and inspiring.
It's so nice to see some positive comments praising Mr Packer. I hope when my children go there (in 6 years time) that the leadership is still so encouraging and inspiring. Sazzer
  • Score: 1

9:56am Sun 13 Apr 14

westwood lister says...

Certainly better than my old headmaster at john of gaunt Mr Berry , he didn't get involved in anything to do with the pupils hardly ever as i remember.
Certainly better than my old headmaster at john of gaunt Mr Berry , he didn't get involved in anything to do with the pupils hardly ever as i remember. westwood lister
  • Score: 1

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