Head’s ‘emotional farewell’

Beer primary school leavers with headteacher Martin O'Mahony. Ref shb 1500-30-15TI Picture: Terry If

Beer primary school leavers with headteacher Martin O'Mahony. Ref shb 1500-30-15TI Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Beer Primary School ‘is in safe hands’, says its outgoing headteacher.

Martin O’Mahony said farewell at the end of term after eight years in the role.

He is preparing to take up the role of headteacher at Brixington Primary School in Exmouth.

The father-of-two has been in charge at Beer, and All Saints Primary School in Axminster, as part of the Ark Foundation since 2007. Mr O’Mahony said: “We have two passionate communities who fully support the schools, amazing children with a genuine love of learning and teachers and staff that only want what is best for the children.

“It has been quite emotional, it has been a fantastic eight years. I think the reality kicked in at the leavers’ service. Over the last few weeks I have seen how much it has been part of my life.”


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The 40-year-old says he is looking forward to the new challenge as well as being closer to his home in Exmouth. Rebecca Porter will fill in as acting executive headteacher. Mr O’Mahony added: “The future of the federation is in safe hands due to the passion and commitment of Miss Porter and the strategic leadership of the governing body. It has been amazing, but the schools are ready to move on with their next chapter.”

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