Farewell for dedicated teacher

A DEDICATED Ipswich headteacher is today preparing for a bittersweet farewell as she retires after more than ten years at the helm.Sue Knight, 59, has been headteacher at Springfield Infant School for the past 14 years.

A DEDICATED Ipswich headteacher is today preparing for a bittersweet farewell as she retires after more than ten years at the helm.

Sue Knight, 59, has been headteacher at Springfield Infant School for the past 14 years.

And to commemorate her retirement, the school's entrance hall now boasts a new stained glass window.

The window's design, which was overseen by teacher Christine Moseley, features drawings by past pupils.

Most of the money for the window - which cost around £1,400 - was raised through sponsored sport events, an arts exhibition and a yo-yo extravaganza.

Mrs Knight said: "The window is lovely - it is something lasting that the children have done and has come about through staff and governor involvement."

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Mrs Knight's last day as headteacher will be tomorrow .

She said: "I could have stayed until I was 70, but I thought this would be a good time to leave

"There have been a lot of high points. The best things are the children, colleagues and friends I have worked with.

"You can be the best headteacher in the world, but unless you have people who support you, you might as well give up.

"There has never been a day when I haven't wanted to come to school - and because I love the job there haven't really been any low points.

"Whenever I have felt down, there have always been staff and pupils to pick me up again".

Mrs Knight, who first started teaching around 37 years ago, had an unusual route into the profession - her mother would only let her move from Glossop to London if she went to teacher training college.

But she has been a teacher ever since, apart from a seven to eight year break to bring up her children David, now aged 33, and Joanne, 30.

Mrs Knight, her husband John and their children came to Suffolk in 1978. Mrs Knight went back to teaching a few years later. Springfield Infant School was her first - and only - headship.

She said: "I am going to get off the roundabout and enjoy having more free time and seeing my family, but I will miss the job and miss everybody."

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