The headteacher of Nuthall’s Larkfield’s Infant School has retired after 20 years.
Staff and pupils organised a barn dance party, a leavers concert and an early Christmas celebration ahead of breaking up for summer to give Sue Rose the send off she deserved.
Pupils leaving to go up to secondary school sang in the concert, and the Nelson and Railway pub in Kimberley was decked out for Christmas for the school’s traditional festive party that teachers brought forward six months so Sue could be a part of it.
Ex-pupils and school governors were invited along to the celebrations as well as staff and students and Sue was given cards, flowers, chocolates and a special photo album packed with pictures of her time spent at the school.
The headteacher was responsible for Larkfields Infants when it was awarded an ‘oustanding’ report by auditors, Ofsted last year.
Teacher Beverley Coleman said: “The Ofsted result was largely due to Sue’s inspirational leadership, motivational skills and her kind and caring demeanour.”
Sue said: “The school will always have a special place in my heart.
“No doubt the support of my brilliant staff, caring parents and the governing body has played a huge part in my memorable time at Larkfields.”
Sue paid tribute to the governors in particular, and said the school report would not have been what it was last year without their help.
Her teaching career began 33 years ago in 1968 when she got her first job at the Priory Roman Catholic School in Eastwood.
She moved on to Gilthill Primary School in Giltbrook and then got a job as deputy headteacher at St Peter’s School in Mansfield before landing the headteacher job in Nuthall in 1991.
Sue plans to spend more time gardening and walking during her retirement.
Larkfield Infant School is in Coronation Road, Nuthall.