WHEN headteacher Sally Lamb announced she was retiring, staff and children at her school launched a plan to help her sail off into the sunset.
And last week, to mark the end of her seven-year tenure at St Michael’s C of E First School in Alnwick, they whisked her off to the seaside aboard a specially-chartered vintage bus.
Mrs Lamb said: “It was a wonderful surprise. I’m very sad to be leaving the school after an amazing seven years – I loved every minute of it. While I’m retiring, I’ll remain in education as a part-time primary leadership consultant.”
Prior to taking the post at St Michael’s, Mrs Lamb was headteacher of Whittingham C of E First School for six years.
Under her leadership, St Michael’s achieved an Outstanding rating from Ofsted in 2010, followed by an Arts Mark for its work in developing a stimulating creative curriculum. The school was also awarded Spanish School of the Year status by the Spanish Embassy for developing language and culture.
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Martin Wharton, said, “Sally has been an outstanding and inspirational headteacher at both Whittingham and St Michael’s in Alnwick.
“She will be much missed for her dedication, her faithfulness, her imagination and her unstinting care and devotion to all her children.”