Grantham primary head teacher retires and deputy moves on

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The headteacher of a Grantham primary school has retired and his deputy has left for pastures new.

Robert Young has retired after 28 years at Cliffedale Primary School. He was deputy at the school for six years from 1986 and was appointed head in September 1992.

His deputy, Martin Dean, is leaving after 20 years’ service.

Mr Young was presented with a gift to mark his retirement by Mr Derek Booles, chair of governors, who said: “Mr Young will be remembered for his inspirational leadership and his caring manner with staff and pupils.”

Mr Young said: “I have had the tremendous good fortune to be involved with the development of Cliffedale School over many years. Cliffedale has always been a happy school and it has been a pleasure to work here. I would like to thank all the staff and governors, past and present, for the excellent support I have received from them. It has been extremely rewarding to know that over the years many, many pupils have benefited from their time at Cliffedale and gone on to be successful at their secondary schools and later life.”

Originally from Scarborough, Mr Dean’s first teaching appointment was at Morton, Bourne, followed by his appointment to Belmont Primary School. Promoted to Deputy Head, Mr Dean taught briefly at Donington Primary School before returning to Cliffedale.

Having been a teacher for 36 years, Mr Dean will join the North Yorkshire Steam Railway after Easter. Mr Dean said, “I have always had an interest in vehicles of all types and the opportunity to join the North Yorkshire Moors Railway came along at the right time. It has been a privilege to work with the children, parents, staff and governors at Cliffedale.”