Farewell Ms Frances Stott and Ms Penny Didcock

8 February 2021

It is with a heavy heart that we wave goodbye to our two wonderful librarians, Frances Stott and Penny Didcock, who are both leaving OHS this term.

Ms Frances Stott

Frances joined OHS in December 2013 and, right from the start, made an enormous impact on life here at Oxford High, bringing the library to the very heart of our school.

Her list of achievements is very long and includes: teaching lessons, running much-loved book clubs, organising quizzes and competitions, running trips to the Bodleian, orchestrating World Book Day celebrations, introducing ebooks to OHS, organising visiting authors and inducting numerous library assistants as part of their Duke of Edinburgh volunteering.

She was also responsible for many outreach partnership projects, including establishing the reading mentoring scheme at Cutteslowe Primary School, not to mention her work in bringing the Oxfordshire Book Awards to OHS. On top of this, she also coached numerous Kids’ Lit Quiz Teams to national and international success.

From Penny: ‘Frances has been a fantastic manager – I’ve really enjoyed working with her. She’s so creative, so capable and, when there’s a challenge, she rises to it and always succeeds. It really has been a joy to work with her.’

We will miss Frances enormously and wish her every happiness with her move down to Somerset.

Ms Penny Didcock

In the words of Frances

Penny joined OHS in June 2018 amidst the excitement of the upcoming Kids’ Lit World Final trip to New Zealand. She was quite simply the fairy God sister I’d been waiting for. With only 2 weeks until I jetted off with the team, we had to run through the library essentials pretty quickly. Not only did Penny cover my week in New Zealand but, on my return, I found that she’s sorted, stamped, stuck and jacketed dozens of book orders that had arrived whilst I’d been away.

Penny loves nothing more than to work through a to-do list – there’s been a lot! Thank you for your creativity with displays and for being the perfect right-hand lady at events, from managing author divas (and we’ve had a few of those) to helping me juggle with our Greg James combo at the Oxfordshire Book Awards. Being a school librarian can be a lonely job at times so I’d like to say thank you to Penny for making that not the case at OHS, for being part of the library team and sharing the good and bad times together.

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