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An Official Welcome to our Head of School.

Stockland C of E Primary Academy and the Diocese of Exeter officially welcomed Miss Beccy Bendall, the recently appointed Head of School with a commissioning service at St. Michael and All Angels church in the village of Stockland. The service was an opportunity for the parish, staff, parents and pupils to welcome and affirm Miss Bendall in her role as Head of School.  The service delivered by Rev’d Julie Lomas, Minister of Religion (Church of England) and Priest in charge of the Five Alive Mission Community including Stockland Church, said

“On behalf of all of us in the church and community here in Stockland we are thankful to God for bringing Miss Bendall to our school.  During the service we promised to hold her, and all who attend the school in any capacity, in our thoughts and prayers, and we are looking forward to working closely together for the benefit of our young people, the staff team and our community.”

The service was both a celebration and a commitment from Miss Bendall and the school community to offer their support as she takes on her role.  It was also a welcome into the diocesan family of schools.  The service was a delightful event with readings delivered by a number of pupils from Stockland Primary Academy, prayers were shared, gifts were presented and there was some outstanding singing. Miss Bendall was also presented with the keys to Stockland Primary symbolising the responsibility entrusted to Miss Bendall by Caroline Lancey, Associate Head of Accelerated Learning from The Redstart Learning Partnership.  Caroline said:

‘It was such a privilege to be a part of Miss Bendall’s first steps on her journey of Headship at Stockland Church of England Primary Academy’. 

During the service the children of Stockland were impeccably behaved and did themselves proud.  They enjoyed the singing and the opportunity to be part of the service.

Beccy Bendall, Head of School said:

‘I feel extremely privileged to be Head of School at Stockland C of E Primary Academy and the Commissioning Service to mark my appointment was wonderful. To be joined by the children, staff, parents and members of the community was really special. The children performed their readings beautifully and were a credit to the school”.

Finally, Debbie Eveleigh, EDEN Director was keen to share her thoughts; “The service was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to demonstrate their commitment to working together with Miss Bendall in her new,  permanent role as Head Of Stockland Primary Academy: the schoolchildren, their families, staff ,  Exeter Diocese Education Department, together with  The Redstart Learning Partnership, local villages, communities and church members  pledging their support.  The children seemed to really understand the significance of the service – their whole-hearted singing really let everyone know how delighted they were at being part of this special service.”

Notes for Editors

1.    From 1st July 2021 Stockland CofE Academy Primary School joined The Redstart Learning Partnership as part of a multi-academy trust.

2.    The Redstart Learning Partnership is governed by a Board of Trustees and is based at The Redstart Primary School, Chard.

3.    For more information on The Redstart Learning Partnership and for their other schools visit

4. Contact Details: Beth Souster, Communications & Development Manager. 

T: 01460260260

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