Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School waves headteacher and deputy into retirement
The leadership team at a Grantham school will be entirely different when the new school year starts as pupils and staff have waved off their headteacher and deputy into retirement.
After 30 years at Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School, headteacher David Scott has entered the golden years, as has deputy headteacher Julie Lennie.
Mr Scott started his career at the school 30 years ago as head of the maths department. Ten years later he joined the senior management team, taking the top spot of headteacher in September 2015.
He told the Journal: "I have now decided to retire from teaching. In total, I have worked in a range of different schools for 36 years, but the most challenging and also most rewarding has been the last four years as headteacher of KGGS.
"It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to lead this school full of wonderful students and immensely hard-working and committed colleagues, both teaching and support staff.
"Quite simply, I love this school. I love the way that its students and staff support each other, and work with such commitment, enthusiasm and humour.
"If I have made even a small contribution to the current ethos of KGGS then I will retire from education with some satisfaction."
- The Journal interviewed Mr Scott in 2015 when he took the role of headteacher - read the story here.
Pupils and staff gave him a "magnificent send-off" at the end of the last school year. However, keen to congratulate and support Year 11 and sixth form students, Mr Scott was present at A level and GCSE exam results days earlier this month.
Mrs Lennie is only just behind Mr Scott in terms of service, having joined KGGS in 1991 and becoming deputy headteacher in 2014.
Mr Scott said: "I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the magnificent contribution that she has made to this school.
"Over the past 28 years she has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the students and staff here.
"Having joined the school as a talented, sympathetic, and effective teacher of design technology, she has progressed through promotion to head of key stage, assistant headteacher, and finally since 2014, deputy headteacher.
"Mrs Lennie is the most hard-working, loyal, dependable, understanding and brilliant person that I have ever worked with. I owe her a huge debt of gratitude for her support and friendship."
He added: "Although I am looking forward to retirement, since leading a large secondary school in the current financial and educational climate is absolutely draining and immensely time-consuming, I know that I will miss the KGGS atmosphere and the buzz generated by the students each and every day."
The role of headteacher will be taken by James Fuller.