School’s out forever for Sheffield head

Janet Hamilton is sent into retirement by the pupils at Reignhead Primary chool in Beighton
Janet Hamilton is sent into retirement by the pupils at Reignhead Primary chool in Beighton
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She has devoted her life to the education of others - and for more than two decades has been part of a Sheffield Community.

However now, after 23 years at Reignhead School in Beighton – the past 10 as headteacher – Janet Hamilton has decided it is time to dedicate at least some of her time to herself and her family.

The 58-year-old was given a rousing send off by her colleagues and pupils at the school in Platts Drive when she retired this week.

She is taking early retirement to spend more time with her elderly parents, who live in Manchester, and her son and his young family who live in Glasgow.

But, after an initial break of about a month, she hopes to lend her expertise and experience to other primary schools in the area who also feed pupils to study at Westfield Sports College.

Mrs Hamilton said: “I have a real bag of mixed emotions about retiring.

“I have some wonderful memories of my time at Reignhead, the many highs and occasional lows.

“And I feel a great sadness to be leaving the community I have been part of for all these years, but it is time I started giving something back to my family, especially my parents who have suffered ill health recently.”

Mrs Hamilton is proud of the school’s achievements while she has been headteacher,including a glowing Ofsted report and the school’s award winning allotments and wooded area.

Throughout Mrs Hamilton has endeavoured to reward success in which ever way it is presented.

She said: “It’s not just about academic success.

“Attainment is vital, but we have made sure we do that while putting an emphasis on high quality creativity and learning, keeping things alive and real.”

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