The headteacher of a north Northumberland middle school has reached the end of her journey as she retires this week.
Ruth Bull is standing down after nearly 10 years at Glendale Middle School at Wooler and more than three decades in teaching.
Reflecting on her time at Glendale, Mrs Bull said: “I have been at Glendale almost 10 years.
“It has been a wonderful experience to finish my teaching career after 36 years in the teaching profession.
“Having trained and taught in mostly secondary schools –the largest being a rural community college in Devon where I was head of technology– moving to middle schools was a revelation.
“Children who want to learn, teaching staff who are enthusiastic and will go that extra mile, support staff who work hard and make the day job easier and an environment that is pleasant to work in.
“Glendale has been all that and more and I have enjoyed every minute (well almost!).
“There have been battles over finance, taking the pupils out into the great outdoors to climb local hills and school transport.
“However, there are great highs too; children who grin with pleasure when they achieve something they did not expect to, families who are delighted that their children love going to school, teachers who are thrilled when their class get great results in tests, the list goes on.
“I will miss the children and the staff, but I am ready to leave the paperwork and the bureaucracy and have time to do the things I enjoy, travel being high on my list.”
l For pictures from the school activity week and presentation assembly at the school, see next week’s Gazette.