WINCHESTER MP Steve Brine visited Oliver’s Battery Primary School last week for a final meeting with the headteacher who “turned the school around”.

Fey Wood retires later this month after more than four years in the top post, during which time she has transformed the school’s fortunes.

Mr Brine had a chance to catch up on the latest performance figures as well as look ahead to the planned admission numbers for September.

He toured the classes and chatted with staff as well as children before seeing the Forest School woodland in the grounds.

Mr Brine said: “Oliver’s Battery has had many problems and not that long ago was a school in special measures with a falling roll. Fey Wood has totally turned it around and it was a particular pleasure to help secure significant additional funding for the school to make badly needed improvements to its building.

“She will be hugely missed and I know the children are anxious about life without her but the school has a positive future now and I look forward to watching it grow and move forward under new leadership.”

The MP also followed his visit by thanking Fey during a schools debate in the House of Commons.