At the end of term Anne Schwodler, Headteacher of Marlborough St Mary’s, will retire. Moving to Marlborough from Holy Rood Primary School in Swindon, Anne has spent eleven years in the town, first as Head of St Mary’s Infants, and since 2016 of the amalgamated St Mary’s and St Peter’s Schools with 400 pupils.
Gill Macdonald, Chair of Governors, told Marlborough.news, “Since her appointment, Anne Schwodler has led with great skill, dedication and integrity. She oversaw the successful amalgamation of the infant and junior schools in 2016 and the move into our beautiful new building in 2017. The fact that we have such a marvellous school building is due in no small part to Anne’s determination to specify every last detail with the architects and builders. Every last tap, desk and door handle had to meet with her approval!”
Anne said, “It’s been an exciting journey from infant school to our beautiful new school with state of the art facilities. We fought hard to have a single storey building which means all the classrooms are accessible to the outside and parents can speak to their child’s class teacher when they collect their child from the classroom door.
We all take such pride in the school. At any time of day visitors to the school will see children working hard, engaged and enjoying learning. Recently a school advisor commented that in every classroom she saw good teaching, engaged children and exemplary behaviour.
Together with the new secondary school building, education in Marlborough has been transformed.”
Anne also commented on all the fundraising and grants received that have helped equip the school with new furniture, ICT equipment, multiuse games area and school garden.
“The Friends of Marlborough St Mary’s have been brilliant and have kept fundraising even through Covid. They recently raised over £2000 with their Christmas raffle.”
Anne will miss the children and the staff. “I will miss all our brilliant staff and the supportive environment. I will miss the challenge. Every day is different. You never get a boring day in a school.”
However, she is looking forward to spending more time with her family and to taking up old hobbies such as singing and tennis, that have been neglected while she has been headteacher. She also plans to become a governor of another local primary school.
Gill Macdonald commented, “As Anne retires she should be proud of her wonderful legacy -a highly successful, thriving school with a strong inclusive ethos which is highly regarded by Ofsted, the Diocese, the Local Authority and our families. Covid created challenging times for Headteachers and Anne dealt with months of constantly changing government directives with her customary tact and grace.
Social distancing precautions mean planned retirement celebrations have to be restricted but the Governors ,staff, families and children will still be able to express their gratitude to Anne for the way she has led the school with such warmth and vision.”
Mark Thomas, who was Chair of Governors during the building of the new school, said, “As the Chair of Governors, I worked closely with Anne during the new build project for Marlborough St Mary’s school. Anne worked tirelessly, not only ensuring that the school was designed and built to her requirements but also in successfully managing the merger of the previous St. Peter’s and St. Mary’s schools’ staff and pupils. The new school will be Anne’s lasting legacy to the town of Marlborough.”
Dan Crossman, currently Headteacher of Collingbourne Primary School, will take up the post of Headteacher of Marlborough St Mary’s in January 2022.