This week's Bouquet of the Week goes to a headteacher who stayed committed to providing for the children in her care and their parents right from the start of the coronavirus lockdown.

Despite Pennington Church of England Primary School near Swarthmoor not being nominated as a 'hub' for children of key workers, Mrs Helen Storey kept the school open after March 23 after realising her pupils would be happier and more comfortable in familiar surroundings.

She planned and made meticulous provision to safeguard children and staff and has worked non-stop, without any personal breaks, since the half-term holiday in February.

Vice chair of governors Janet Caine said: "Helen is a 'people person' who has an intuitive instinct when interacting with people.

"She always has a smile on her face when meeting parents, children, and other visitors to the school, no matter how she might be feeling inside.

"She is a natural leader and her talents have been well demonstrated in the leadership of the school. She is inspirational in encouraging others to do their best.

"At the beginning of lockdown, on a Sunday she walked 100 laps of the school track, the equivalent of over a marathon, after learning of Captain Tom [Moore's] achievement, then encouraged the children to set themselves a personal activity physical target."

Mrs Storey became acting headteacher at Pennington just three months after joining the school as deputy.

She was made the permanent head three years ago and has been credited with establishing the school as a happy place and one where children thrive academically and emotionally, culminating in an excellent Ofsted inspection in March.

Janet Caine said: She will probably be both stunned and surprised because she doesn't realize just how good she is at her job."

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