Emotional day as Hartlepool school head retires after 30 years in teaching

Margaret Hodgson who was presented with a statue of St Joseph and a Joey Bear
Margaret Hodgson who was presented with a statue of St Joseph and a Joey Bear

A primary school head enjoyed a moving last day when she retired after a 30-year teaching career.

Margaret Hodgson’s final day in charge at St Joseph’s RC Primary School was marked with a visit from the mayor and mayoress, gifts and songs specially written by pupils.

I will miss the children and their lives and families the most

Mrs Hodgson had been head at the primary school in Musgrave Walk, Hartlepool, for 11 years.

She said she was sorry to leave, but is looking forward to an active retirement.

One of the gifts she received from the teachers was a high speed driving experience in a Formula 1 racing car.

Mrs Hodgson, 56, who lives in Seaton Carew, started her career as a class teacher at The Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, Runcorn, in Cheshire.

She later moved to the North East and worked at St Joseph’s Primary School in Norton and St John’s Primary School, in Billingham where she was deputy head, before arriving at St Joseph’s in Hartlepool.

Mrs Hodgson said: “My replacement Mrs Williams was also at St John’s and St Joseph’s so she is following in my footsteps.”

Hartlepool Mayor Councillor Mary Fleet and mayoress Coun Sheila Griffin attended an assembly on Friday.

Pupils recorded videos singing songs including Let It Go from the film Frozen which they adapted to Let Her Go.

Mrs Hodgson, who is unmarried, added: “It was a very moving day. I will miss the children and their lives and families the most.

“I’ve got great nieces and nephews in Rio de Janeiro and two nieces in New York so I’m going to be a globetrotting babysitter.”