HUNCOAT Primary School’s popular headteacher is retiring after almost a quarter of a century at the school.
David Price, said goodbye to the pupils and staff at the Lynwood Road primary school this week bring to an end his 24 years service.
Mr Price was appointed as Deputy Headteacher in January 1986 before he was promoted to head in 1995.
He said: "During the past 24 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Huncoat Primary School as Head and as Deputy and I have made many friends.
"I have enjoyed teaching the children very much and I will take away many fond memories of them.
"I also am very grateful for the support of my colleagues, parents and governors over the years and for all that they have done for the school.
"This is a very sad time but also the start of something new for both myself and the school and I look forward to the future."
A retirement buffet was held last Wednesday at the school for staff members past and present and for members of the governing body to say their goodbyes.
To mark his achievements at the school; which include helping the school through an extension, the building of an outdoor classroom and play area and not to mention the opening of the adjoining children’s centre Mr Price was presented with an inscribed glass bowl, a walkers’ GPS navigation aid, membership of the National Trust and a range of books and wines.
The children also held a special assembly to mark his leaving, and they took the opportunity to present him with a Book of Memories, which they had all contributed to.
He was also given the Beatles CD Anthology, presented on behalf of the parents and members of the Friends of Huncoat School.
Mr Price added: "I have been overwhelmed by the messages of kindness and I am very grateful to everyone for their generosity.
"I now hope to spend more time with my wife and family, and I look forward to playing a much more active part in looking after our grandchildren and finding more time to walk and holiday in National Parks."
Lynn White, Huncoat Primary School Office Manager, who has worked with Mr Price for 22 years said: "The whole school is going to miss him so much. He has been a fantastic person to work with all these years.
"We all wish him the very best and hope that he stays in touch."