THE headteacher at Nuthall’s Mornington Primary School is retiring after 18 years.
Rob Carlyle has been headteacher at Mornington since it opened and was given an extra special send off at the school summer fair last week.
Pupils past and present turned up to wish him farewell and presented him with a plaque for the school nature garden, which is to be dedicated to him after his hard work on the project.
People from as far away as New Zealand left him farewell messages and in the style of This is Your Life, teachers played him video messages from ex-staff and pupils who had gone into the school and recorded their goodbyes.
Deputy headteacher at the school Nicky-Jane Kerr-Gilbert said: “An overwhelming number of ex-pupils came and messages came in from people living all over. It really is testament to him.”
Mr Carlyle added: “Leaving is bitter sweet really. On the first day I had 13 pupils and now there are 280. It’s been my life.
“On the one hand I am tremendously sorry to be leaving and there’s a lot of sadness, but that’s tinged with the fact that there’s an exciting life ahead of me.”
Mr Carlyle was also treated to a get together with staff and parents on Tuesday of this week and there will be a disco at the school tonight, July 15 as a final send-off.