Final school bell rings for Grove Lea’s head

Jennifer McNichol: Retiring head at Grove Lea school, Hemsworth.'h333a314
Jennifer McNichol: Retiring head at Grove Lea school, Hemsworth.'h333a314

Retiring headteacher Jennifer McNichol has said her final goodbyes to pupils at the Hemsworth school where she has worked for the last ten years.

Mrs McNichol, 59, whose teaching career started 38 years ago, has been in charge at Grove Lea Primary School since 2003.

Mrs McNichol, of Station Road, Ackworth, said: “It’s been a real pleasure to be headteacher of Grove Lea. I’ve been part of a big family.

“Teaching was my dream job. Right from being very young I knew I wanted to be a teacher and it is something I have never regretted doing.

“My favourite part of the job has definitely been working with the children.

I feel we have had some of the most hard working children I have seen at Grove Lea. I’ve also had a team of marvellous staff.”

She said she wants to spend more time with her granddaughters Freya and Erin during her retirement.

Mrs McNichol was presented with cards, Swarovski ornaments, and crystal glasses and decanter by staff and pupils.

She was also given a headteacher’s cup after collecting 100 merits from activities, including reading stories to children and taking lunch orders.

She was also treated to a visit from former teaching colleagues and a performance by the pupils of Grove Lea.

Sally Henshall, who has been working as deputy head for the last seven years, will be taking over as headteacher.

She said: “I’m thankful to Jennifer for showing me the ropes and believing in me. I’m going to miss her dearly.

“I’m really pleased that I have been given the opportunity to work as head of the school.”