School’s out for headteachers

Barbara Ivell has retired after 14 years as headteacher at Moor Park Primary School, Bispham. She is pictured with head boy Adam Strother and head girl Abby Baxter (both aged 11).
Barbara Ivell has retired after 14 years as headteacher at Moor Park Primary School, Bispham. She is pictured with head boy Adam Strother and head girl Abby Baxter (both aged 11).
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School’s out for summer for hundreds of Fylde coast youngsters ... and forever for many headteachers.

Schoolchildren have bid fond farewells to retiring headteachers at primary and secondary schools across the area.

At Moor Park Primary School, Bispham, pupils, parents and staff celebrated the 14 years headteacher Barbara Ivell has given to the school as she said goodbye to youngsters for the final time yesterday.

Head girl Abby Baxter, 11, said: “Mrs Ivell is a fantastic headteacher. She always wants us to be the best that we can be.”

Mrs Ivell said: “My memorable times are when education is made enjoyable and you see the children do the most amazing things and you really do believe in a small way you’re helping them along the way.

“It’s the affection that’s been voiced that’s been so overwhelming.”

It was an equally emotional time for Brigid Gildert, who is retiring after 16 years as headteacher at St John’s Catholic Primary School, Poulton.

She said: “It’s been so much part of my life.

“Thinking of the children coming in barely toddlers and leaving at 11 as rounded, confident, eloquent individuals, to think you’ve played a part in that is so nice.”

Other schools across the Fylde coast have also bid farewell to headteachers this summer, including Eddy Jackson retiring after 22 years at Highfurlong Special School, Blackpool; Barbara Lund, retiring from Unity College, North Shore while Lynne Worden has retired from St John Vianney Catholic Primary School, Blackpool.

And St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Cleveleys, saw headteacher Elizabeth Yates retire after 21 years in the job.

The school’s head girl Shauna Peacock, 11, said: “She will be sadly missed.”