A much-respected figurehead in the Breamish Valley has retired after 12 years at the helm of a village first school.
Alison Lloyd-Harris has been teaching at Branton Community First School for more than 23 years and has been headteacher for more than half that time.
She is loved and respected by her former pupils and their families, which was made evident by how many of them wanted to show their gratitude when she announced her planned retirement earlier this year.
Alison has steered a steady course over the years, despite the school facing the threat of closure just a short while ago. She has always had a clear focus, regardless of other distractions. For her, the pupils’ education, happiness and wellbeing have always been the priority.
She has seen the school through hard times and into a brighter future. With its now well-established community nursery, the school will have almost twenty children in 2014 between the upper school and nursery.
One of her biggest achievements has been the writing and directing of the annual Grand Production, in which every pupil has played a part, and it was after this year’s that she celebrated her retirement.