BOTH the principal and vice- principal of Charles Read High School have waved goodbye to colleagues and pupils.
Principal David Airey and Mary Williams have worked at the Corby Glen school for a collective 22 years, and both have big plans for their retirements.
Sunderland FC fan Mr Airey hopes to dedicate more time to following his team, while Mrs Williams will travel more with her husband and spend more time with her beloved granddaughter.
Both have had long and happy teaching careers.
Mr Airey began his in North Yorkshire in 1975, as a PE and humanities teacher. Five years later, he moved to Central School in Grantham as head of PE, going on to become the head of upper school.
Then 12 years ago, Mr Airey joined Charles Read High School on a one-year secondment. He was persuaded to stay on as deputy headteacher, and later moved to the top spot.
Mr Airey was credited with moving the ailing school out of ‘special measures’, a step taken by Ofsted for inadequately performing schools, and praised when Charles Read was judged ‘outstanding’ in 2007.
Mr Airey said: “Now seems to be a good time to retire - we have just had our best ever exam results, our new building has been completed and the school has also become part of the West Grantham Federation.”
Vice-principal Mrs Williams, who is also special educational needs coordinator (SENCO), started her teaching career in 1972 as a home economics teacher. She joined Charles Read as SENCO 10 years ago and went on to become deputy headteacher.
She said: “It has been one of the happiest times of my whole career watching the school grow and the peak of everything has not only been the outstanding OFSTED, but being part of such a wonderful team of people.”