Civic reception to recognise 415 years’ service by Leeds head teachers (with pics)

Picture caption: "The head teachers who are retiring this summer after dedicating their lives to teaching at Leeds schools, with Cllr Judith Blake and Paul Brennan, deputy director of children's services."

The dedication and commitment by head teachers who have clocked up a massive 415 years’ service between them were honoured at a special reception yesterday.

Twelve head teachers from schools across Leeds are retiring at the end of the summer 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 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 took place at Leeds Civic Hall yesterday. The retiring head teachers received a gift and a certificate from the council’s deputy leader Councillor Judith Blake.

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. All of these head teachers have shown amazing dedication to teaching so it was an honour to present them with their gifts.

“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.”

The retiring head teachers are:

Head teacherSchoolYears' service
Alan WilleyHorsforth St Margaret’s 36 years
Caroline Robinson Austhorpe Primary 30 years
Fiona Woodall St Oswalds Primary 35 years
Kath Atkins Grange Farm 34 years
Kay Priestley Pudsey Waterloo Primary 32 years
Ken Cornforth Pudsey Grangefield High 36 years
Linda Clay Talbot Primary 28 years
Margaret Broughton Harehills Primary 35 years
Pat Holmes St Frances of Assisi 32 years
Phil Taylor Pudsey Bolton Royd 38 years
Steve Boothroyd Adel Primary 37 years
Susan Mudie Richmond Hill 40 years


For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk