AFTER seven years in charge at Quay Primary, head teacher Linsday Baldock has retired - and she says the school is looking forward to a “great future”.
Mrs Baldock, who retired on the last day of the school term, was given flowers and gifts at a special farewell assembly held last Friday.
Donna Tandy, who was head teacher at Flamborough School, will take over as interim head teacher from September as the school looks to become the first in Bridlington to apply for academy status.
And while Mrs Baldock is sad to be leaving the school, she believes the time is right for a new head to take the school forward.
“I’ve loved every minute of working at Quay, it is a wonderful school. There is a real sense of community with staff, parents and pupils all working together, and alongside members of the community outside the school,” she said.
“I have been there for seven years and I think that is long enough for any head teacher at a school, I will be 58 going into next year and sometimes you need new ideas.
“The school has a very good reputation in Bridlington and that will continue.”
Mrs Baldock said she was involved in discussions about Quay Primary applying for academy status at “an embryonic stage” and that the move will help the school continue to provide the best possible education for its pupils.
“The whole philosophy of a move to an academy needs a lot of thought and energy, and it would not have been right for me to start the process and then leave after two years when it was time for me to retire. It is a great opportunity for the school,” she continued.
Mrs Baldock moved to Quay Primary, and to Bridlington, from Trent Bridge Primary school in Nottingham with her husband.
Although she said her retirement was “tinged with sadness”, Mrs Baldock is now looking forward to spending more time exploring the East Riding as well as painting, drawing and sculpting - as well as learning how to play the clarinet.
She will continue to live in Bridlington with her husband David, and patterdale terrier Toffee. Also leaving Quay Primary at the end of the school year was teaching assistant Christine Farquhar, who had been at the school for 23 years.
Teaching assistant John Turner, who joined the school four years ago after 22 years in the RAF, is also leaving the school.