‘I need to focus on those that I love and my own health needs’: Headteacher of Buckingham Primary School steps down

Outgoing headteacher Becky Ellers with Buckingham Primary School pupils
Outgoing headteacher Becky Ellers with Buckingham Primary School pupils
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The headteacher of Buckingham Primary School is stepping down because the demands of the job are affecting her health and her family.

Becky Ellers wrote to parents this week to announce her resignation and she will leave the school at Christmas.

She will assist with the process of finding her replacement and then work alongside the new head for the autumn term.

Mrs Ellers joined the school in 2013 and led it through an outstanding Ofsted judgement.

“It is with great sadness that I have handed in my resignation to governors,” she said.

“I have enjoyed my time at BPS greatly. Unfortunately, the impact that such a demanding job is having on my health and my family is too great, and I now need to focus on those that I love and my own long-term health needs.

“I will work with the staff and governors to ensure a smooth transition, and I know that the school will continue to flourish. Many thanks for your support over the last three years.”

Mrs Ellers also works as a national leader in education and acts as the head of Primary Scitt (school-centred initial teacher training), based at the Royal Latin School.

She was headteacher at Steeple Claydon School for three years before joining the Buckingham school. Between 2010 and 2014, she was a primary maths, teaching and learning consultant for Bucks County Council.

Governors wrote to parents to thank Mrs Ellers for her ‘outstanding contribution’ and to explain that an internal interim headteacher will work alongside her from September.

It read: “She has brought to our school a vision of how learning can be not dictated, but led by the children themselves, with guidance from outstanding teachers.

“There has been much evidence of the benefits of this approach, and the journey toward embedding it firmly across the whole school will go on.”

It added that the school is in an ‘excellent position financially and educationally’ with a ‘strong leadership team and dedicated members of staff’.