Head swaps pupils for alpacas

Peterborough Telegraph     
By: Peterborough Telegraph
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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A head teacher has packed away her chalk for the final time - after leaving school to look after alpacas. Karen Hepworth-Lavery has been head at Heritage Park Primary School in Stanground since it opened 21 years ago. But on Tuesday she left the school for the final time as children broke up for the summer holidays. Pupils made cards for Karen for her last day after two decades. Karen said she would miss the staff and pupils at the school as she said her last goodbyes.

She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in education and especially my time at Heritage Park. “I have had the good fortune to work with some outstanding teachers and so many wonderful children. “I will certainly miss the children and the staff of the school. I have so many fond memories but I am now looking forward to taking on a new challenge.”

Karen will now run her alpaca business in Maxey – after first having ‘an alpaca experience’ two years ago. She now has 11 of the llama-like animals at the farm. The business – called Mist Meadows – offers a range of alpaca experiences, including walking with alpacas and meet and greet sessions, and particularly specialises in providing bespoke packages for children and adults with a variety of special needs, including autism, as well as learning, social, emotional or communication difficulties.

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