Shipping out to sunshine

Barbara Lund who is set to retire as headteacher at Unity College.

Barbara Lund who is set to retire as headteacher at Unity College.

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A life on the ocean waves awaits one of Blackpool’s longest serving headteachers who is set to retire to a boat on the Med.

Barbara Lund, headteacher of Unity College, in Warbreck Hill Road, started her career in education in the early 70s and worked both as a teacher and educational psychologist before moving to Greenlands High School and finally Beacon Hill High School.

She oversaw the successful transition of Beacon Hill to the newly-formed Unity College in 2010, describing the six week crossover period as “the most challenging” of her career.

Barbara, 57, from Lytham, said: “We only had six weeks to get everything in place and it was a huge challenge but a huge success too.”

She added that she had enjoyed many high points during her career.

But she said: “The main thing is just working with the children and seeing them achieving their own personal successes.”

Unity College Blackpool is now in its third year as an ‘all-through’ school.

Student numbers are booming and the school is undergoing an £8m redevelopment which Barbara called one of the most exciting projects she has ever participated in.

She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my work throughout my career.

“Working in Blackpool has been both equally rewarding and challenging but I will leave with many happy memories.

“I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of children of all ages and loved every minute of it.

“Through our children we see and prepare for the future and that is a role as a teacher I take very seriously.”

Barbara will step down in August and plans to combine voluntary work with a new life sailing the Mediterranean with husband David.

Just last month, the Gazette reported how Barbara was involved in a campaign to see new traffic restrictions introduced on Devonshire Road after a youngster was hit by a car. Weeks later she praised the Gazette after a lifesaving crossing was introduced.

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