Saturday, 11 May 2013

Reception to honour retiring head teachers

The service and dedication of head teachers who have clocked up over 280 years’ service between them are to be honoured at a special reception next week.

Nine head teachers from schools across Leeds retired at the end of the autumn term and spring term, bringing to an end distinguished teaching careers and long-term associations with their current schools and schools across Leeds.

Leeds City Council’s children’s services has 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 will take place at Leeds Civic Hall on Monday 13 May. The head teachers will receive a gift and a certificate.

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Media are invited to attend the reception to mark the head teachers’ retirement at Leeds Civic Hall on Monday 13 May at 12.30pm. Photography and interviews will be available.

The retiring head teachers are:
Jim Reid, Westerton primary school (39 years service);
Alana Duncalf, Calverley Parkside primary school (24 years service);
Peter Doherty, Barwick C of E primary school (34 years service);
Andrea Eddison, Yeadon Westfield junior school (35 years service);
Annie Rix, Swillington primary school (25 years service);
Stefan Kurth, Gildersome primary school (38 years service);
Dianne Elson, Cottingley primary school (39 years service);
Teena Thomson, Hillcrest primary school (17 years service) and;
Lesley Simpson Clapgate primary school (30 years service).

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.

“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.”

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713