Last bell sounds for headteacher after 20 years in charge

Dot Charlton
Dot Charlton

School’s out for Dot Charlton this week, after two decades as head of a north Northumberland school.

She retires on Friday after more than 20 years as head of Hipsburn First School.

When she joined the school in 1995, there were 52 pupils. Today there are 100, plus 24 preschool places, with the school due to become a primary in September. At its most recent Ofsted inspection, the school was rated outstanding.

She said: “It has been a tremendous privilege to work at Hipsburn and I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to support so many children and to work with such committed and talented staff in such a vibrant and welcoming community.

“It was a difficult decision to make as becoming a primary is an exciting development, but I want to spend more time with my young grandchildren and it seemed a perfect opportunity for the school to move forward, energised by a new head with a fresh perspective. I hope eventually I’ll be able to collect my grandchildren from the school gate instead.”

A leaving party will be held next Friday.

A collection is being held and rather than gifts, funds are going to be used to create a learning pod in the grounds. Donations can be sent to the school and cheques should be made payable to Northumberland County Council.

Kevin Moloney is taking over as headteacher.