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Slaughtered lamb head teacher resigns from Kent school

The school's animals were part of a project to teach children about food

A Kent head teacher at the centre of a row about the slaughter of a school lamb has resigned.

Andrea Charman will step down as head of Lydd Primary School in Romney Marsh at the end of the week, Kent County Council has said.

Mrs Charman was criticised in September after sending Marcus the lamb - who had been hand-reared by pupils - to slaughter, despite calls to save him.

The council said Mrs Charman had resigned for "personal reasons".

In a statement, Kent County Council said: "The governing body would like to thank Mrs Charman for all her hard work during her time at the school."

Comedian Paul O'Grady, who lives near Ashford, had offered to buy Marcus.

Paul O'Grady
Comedian Paul O'Grady had offered a home to Marcus

But Mrs Charman went ahead with sending the animal to slaughter, which was part of a project to teach children about the food cycle.

At the time she said the decision had the support of the school council, staff, the governing body and most parents at the 250-pupil school.

One of the parents against the slaughter, Trudy Dixon, said: "A lot of people are happy that she is going because it created a lot of bad press for the school."

Chair of governors Geoff Marsh said: "This is a sad day for us, but we wish her the very best for the future."

Kent's education councillor Sarah Hohler said: "I would want to assure everybody in the strongest possible terms that the governing body, school staff and Kent County Council have absolute faith and confidence in Mrs Charman.

"We are very sorry to see her leave."

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