Civic Reception To Recognise 415 Years’ Service By Leeds Head Teachers

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The dedication and commitment by head teachers who have clocked up a massive 415 years’ service between them were honoured at a special reception.

Twelve head teachers from schools across Leeds retired at the end of the summer term, bringing to an end distinguished teaching careers and long-term associations with schools across Leeds.

Leeds City Council’s children’s services organised a reception to mark the occasion and say thank you for their service to the children and young people of the city. The reception took place at Leeds Civic Hall. The retiring head teachers received a gift and a certificate from the council’s deputy leader Councillor Judith Blake.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services at Leeds City Council, said:

“Head teachers play a vital role in their schools and wider communities. They help to shape the lives and learning of their pupils and lead and inspire their colleagues. All of these head teachers have shown amazing dedication to teaching so it was an honour to present them with their gifts.

“Over the years, these head teachers will have made lasting impressions on thousands of children and young people and I would like to thank them for their commitment to the children of Leeds and wish them the very best for the future.”

The retiring head teachers are: 

Head teacher             School                            Years’ Service

Alan Willey              Horsforth St Margaret’s        36 years

Caroline Robinson   Austhorpe Primary        30 years

Fiona Woodall          St Oswalds Primary        35 years

Kath Atkins               Grange Farm                           34 years

Kay Priestley            Pudsey Waterloo Primary       32 years

Ken Cornforth          Pudsey Grangefield High         36 years

Linda Clay                Talbot Primary                        28 years

Margaret Broughton Harehills Primary                   35 years

Pat Holmes               St Frances of Assisi                32 years

Phil Taylor                Pudsey Bolton Royd               38 years

Steve Boothroyd       Adel Primary                           37 years

Susan Mudie             Richmond Hill                        40 years

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