THE woman at the helm and the heart of a college is to retire after 37 years service.
Acting principal of Hartlepool Sixth Form College, Carole Horseman, is due to step down at the end of this term after teaching thousands of her students during her career.
And the popular college head says she hopes to fill in her retirement with many trips and travelling adventures with her husband, Ken Horseman.
“It certainly does feel like my time has gone very quickly,” she told the Mail. “It has been a great privilege to work alongside all of the staff and the students.
“The humour, the chats, the successes, achievements, the staff and the students, I will miss them all.
“I have taught thousands of students, and when we have open evenings I realise how long I have been here.
“I get students now saying ‘you taught my grandmother or my grandfather’. That’s always interesting!”
The 58-year-old started at Brinkburn Comprehensive, then for 11 to 18-year-olds, as it was known back in 1977, teaching business studies and typewriting.
The mum-of-one, who grew up in the town, has actually been on the site, though, since 1963, after actually being a pupil at The Girls High School, which was part of Brinkburn Comprehensive, when she was a child.
During Carole’s teaching stint, however, the local authority decided that the school would become a specialist college, and the sixth form college was born.
She spent 20 years as a teacher from 1977, and became a senior tutor in 1997.
In 2000, Carole became director of curriculum to introduce changes to A-levels, and in 2005, she became assistant principal.
The title of acting principal was handed to her last summer.
Carole added: “I’ve really enjoyed my time, but last year my husband Ken, who was assistant principal here up until last summer, retired and we decided that he would go on year and I would go the next.
“We plan to do a lot of travelling and a lot of extended trips.
“We’re going to drive around the Florida Keys, and then we hope to go to the Pacific Highway, in California, and we want to do a month in Australia.”
She added: “I have lots of fond memories that will stay with me forever.”
Carole will be succeeded by new principal Alex Fau-Goodwin.