Deputy retires after 24 years

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AFTER 24 years at a South Yorkshire school, deputy principal Linda Richards has retired.

Ms Richards joined The Robert Ogden School, run by National Autistic Society, in September 1988 when it was known as Storm House School and supported only 24 pupils.

Today the school in Thurnscoe, rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, supports 80 young people with autism aged between seven and 19.

Dr Jacqui Ashton Smith, executive principal of the school, said: “Linda has always been a real guiding light at the school. She has been responsible for the school’s successful Ofsted inspections and has played a key part in everything it has achieved over many years.

“Linda has been involved in local outreach projects and autism training across South Yorkshire.”