A fond farewell

New Greatham primary school headteacher Nicola Dunn(left) pictured with retiring headteacher  Julie Tyerman
New Greatham primary school headteacher Nicola Dunn(left) pictured with retiring headteacher Julie Tyerman

RETIRING headteacher had a tear in her eye when she said goodbye to staff and pupils at Greatham Primary School.

Mrs Tyreman has seen the primary school go from strength to strength in her nine years as head.

She said farewell yesterday as she retired and looked forward to a new life.

During her time at Greatham Primary School, Mrs Tyreman has seen results, facilities and pupils numbers all improve.

She said: “It has been a privilege and a pleasure. The school has gone from strength to strength. When I came in April 2004 we had one child in reception class and numbers were dwindling.

“Now we have 17 in reception and a waiting list for classes and we are a very successful school.

“That is the success story of Greatham. The team have worked tirelessly to improve facilities for the children and results.

“It has been a total team effort and I know that will continue long after I have gone.”

Mrs Tyreman, 57, came to Greatham Primary School from Thorntree Primary School, in Middlesbrough.

She will be replaced by Greatham’s current deputy head Nicola Dunn.

Mrs Tyreman spent her last day at school in Egerton Terrace attending an Easter church service in the morning before spending her final few hours with the children and staff.

She hopes to continue to do some educational work in town schools through the Teaching Schools Alliance.

But Mrs Tyreman, who lives in Norton, is also looking forward to spending more time with her family including her two grandchildren aged three and 18 months.

And she and husband Alan, who has also recently retired, have lots of travel plans and will enjoy putting their feet up.

Mrs Tyreman added: “I have enjoyed every minute of it. As much as I’m looking forward to my retirement I did have a tear in my eye as I left.”