THIS school term has started without one familiar face at Marlpool Infants School after the retirement of its long serving head.
Susan Newell joined the small school on Prospect Road in 1975, when ‘decimal currency was still a novelty’, she joked.
The Loscoe woman, aged 60, enjoyed a lavish leaving bash at the school in December, which saw a staff member bake her a cake in the shape of the school itself.
The 49 school pupils made Susan woven insects to put in her garden - each with their names stitched inside - so she will always remember them.
The much-loved head of 30 years was sad to leave the infants.
“I have mixed feelings,” she said. “I’m definitely going to miss the children and the staff.
“The profession has changed beyond all recognition, but at the end of the day you are watching children grow and develop - that’s the real pleasure.”
“It was a very difficult decision to make.”
Mrs Newell, who has two sons of her own, Richard, 31, and Martin, 29, and a husband, Ray, 60, said she will still drop by at the school when she can.
And she said new head Lynn Stanley has plenty to look forward to.
“It always has been a lovely school to work for - the staff are really talented and supportive. It’s like a big family.”