Saturday, 25 November 2017

Nursery closes after principal falls ill

A NURSERY school has been forced to shut because its principal is battling Parkinson’s disease

A NURSERY school has been forced to shut because its principal is battling Parkinson’s disease.

Lisa Drage closed down the Dragonflies Montessori School in Henley last week after her health deteriorated.

She is awaiting brain surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Mrs Drage said: “My priority was my teaching staff and the pupils' safety and wellbeing and knowing that I was not able to teach and manage the nursery compromised this. I have loved every minute of running my nursery schools.”

She started Dragonflies at her Victorian home in Norman Avenue in September 2005. In 2012 it expanded into Haymes Hall at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road.

Mrs Drage gained her international diploma from Montessori Centre International in London.

Her motivation for training was originally to support her son with special needs. She has four children who are now aged 15 to 23.

The school provided morning, afternoon or all-day sessions for children aged two to five.

In its last Ofsted report, both sites were rated “good” or “outstanding” in all areas with an overall “good” rating.

Mrs Drage has lived in Henley for more than 25 years and has been an antenatal teacher for the National Childbirth Trust and a trustee of the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Greys Road.

In 2012 she was chosen to be one of 100 Faces of Henley.



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