Reception to honour retiring head teachers

The service and dedication of head teachers who have clocked up over 300 years’ service between them are to be honoured at a special reception next week.

Eleven head teachers from schools across Leeds retired 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 has 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 will take place at Leeds Civic Hall on Thursday 20 December at 12.30. The head teachers will receive a gift and a certificate.

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Media are invited to attend the reception to mark the head teachers’ retirement at Leeds Civic Hall on Thursday 20 December at 12.30pm. Photography and interviews will be available.

Please call 0113 2474713 to confirm attendance.

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The retiring Head Teachers are: Elizabeth Cavadino, St Urban’s Catholic Primary; John Daulby, John Smeaton Community College; David Foley, Benton Park High ; Edwina Kus, Thorpe Primary; Julia Norton, Wigton Moor Primary; Michael Rossiter, Woodlesford Primary; Marilyn Steel, John Smeaton Community College; Duncan Walsh, St James C of E Primary, Ken Hall, Priesthorpe Specialist Sports College; Lynda Johnson, Bruntcliffe High, and; Stuart Hemingway Ralph Thorsby High .

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services at Leeds City Council, said:

“Our head teachers’ passion, energy and commitment makes a real difference to children, young people, their families and their local communities and without their positive influence we would not be able to become the Child Friendly City which we strive to be.

“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. Over the years, these Head Teachers will have made lasting impressions on thousands of children and young people and I wish them the very best for the future.”


For media enquiries, please contact:

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

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk