Friday, 14 February 2014

Dorchester Primary Headteacher Dies

The blog is sorry to report the death of Louise Austin, Head Teacher at Dorchester Primary School who passed away on Wednesday (12th February). Louise, who leaves behind her husband, Howard and three children had been suffering from cancer for a while.

Louise began her career at a  primary school in Hackney in 1983 where she taught all primary subjects in Key Stage 2 and became the Maths subject Leader. In 1987 she moved to a school in Roehampton where she continued to develop her skills as a Maths Subject Leader and took over the management of PE as well. In 1990 Louise moved to Merton and was promoted to Deputy Headteacher where she stayed for 7 years, developing her skills across Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2. She completed a Masters Degree in 2005 which focused on the inclusion of all children in schools.

In 1997, Louise was made Headteacher at Cheam Park Farm Nursery & Infants’ School in North Cheam and then join Dorchester as Headteacher  in July 2006.

Louise's philosophy was that every child is unique and every child deserves the best education that we can possibly offer them. She realised this was difficult but believed it could be achieved through true partnership with parents, excellent channels of communication and strong team work within the school.

In a testament to her courage, strength and dedication, Louise continuing to lead the school throughout her illness, right up until the Friday before she died.

The School has released a statement saying:
"Our deepest sympathy goes out to Louise's husband, Howard, and their three children.
To us, Louise was an extraordinary teacher with many gifts.
She truly believed that every child deserved the very best education and always managed to find the certain something that made a child 'tick' and nurtured it with huge amounts of care. 
She was a strong and vibrant character who was excited and positive about the future of the school. 
Her absence will be sorely felt for a long time. 
We have received a great many messages of condolence and support here in school and they have been a great comfort. 
It is at times like this that you feel the benefits of being part of a close-knit school community that can pull together in times of difficulty."
In her spare time Louise enjoyed keeping fit and healthy at the gym, going to the theatre, concerts, listening to music and reading.

The school has set up a special email address for people to send messages of condolence to -

A book of condolence will also be available for people to sign at the entrance to the school and then after half-term from Monday, February 24, to Friday, February 28.

Rest In Peace Louise Austin.