Headteacher set to return to former school

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Parents at a Hadleigh primary school have reacted in overwhelming support at the return of a former headteacher.

The return of Gary Pilkington as interim headteacher of Hadleigh Community Primary School has thrilled parents who were worried about the future of their children after Neil Jackson’s resignation in February.

Mr Jackson announced his departure via a letter to all parents, carers and children at the school, explaining that he was frustrated at having to “jump through hoops”.

At the time, many parents called for the return of Mr Pilkington – and their pleas have been answered.

“It’s brilliant as he’s such a good teacher,” said parent Elena King. “He always knew all the parents and was really good with the children.

“My children are really chuffed he’s back. We just hope he will come back permanently.”

Another parent, Dave Robinson, was also delighted to hear of Mr Pilkington’s return.

“We couldn’t have wished for a better person to come in,” he said. “He was such a massive loss – his were big shoes to fill.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council, however, said the appointment was on a temporary basis and the school was still looking for a new permanent headteacher to start in September.