Inspirational Sheffield headteacher retires after 32 years

Staff and children atGleadless Primary School have said goodbye to headteacherLesley Wright, who has retired after 32 years.
Staff and children atGleadless Primary School have said goodbye to headteacherLesley Wright, who has retired after 32 years.
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A 'truly inspiring' headteacher has dusted down the whiteboard for the final time after 32 years serving families in one Sheffield suburb.

Staff and children at Gleadless Primary School threw a surprise assembly to say goodbye to headteacher Lesley Wright, aged 60, who retired on Thursday.

Staff and children atGleadless Primary School have said goodbye to headteacherLesley Wright, who has retired after 32 years.

Staff and children atGleadless Primary School have said goodbye to headteacherLesley Wright, who has retired after 32 years.

Following her retirement, colleagues, parents and pupils have paid homage to the loved headteacher, who started at the school in 1984.

Vanessa Langley, executive headteacher, said: "Lesley has dedicated her career to serving the families of Gleadless.

"She has been able to make important changes, which have helped the school to improve its results and secure a much needed new build for our children and families.

"Lesley has a warm and welcoming personality and her cheerful smile will be missed by us all. It has been a pleasure to work with Lesley."

Teacher Joanne Bell said: "An inspirational colleague whose level of enthusiasm, energy and ideas never faltered."

Emma Plummer, assistant headteacher, said: "A truly inspiring colleague, a caring and empathetic Head and a wonderful friend."

Lesley began employment at Gleadless Primary School as a class teacher in 1984. She became the foundation stage coordinator in 2004 and was promoted to assistant headteacher in 2011.

Mum-of-two Lesley, who is due to become a grandmother in three weeks, became headteacher in 2013.

Teaching Assistant Jayne Clegg said: "Lesley gave me my first opportunity to be a TA 14 years ago. I appreciated all her help and guidance from then until now. She gave me a chance to change my career to something worthwhile and I will always remember that."

Mum Kirsty Dale said: "She's exactly what you look for in a Head, extremely approachable."

Mum Fiona Stewart said: "All my children have attended Gleadless, and Mrs Wright is extremely helpful. We will really miss her."

Mum Joanne Morley said:"The children, staff and parents will really miss Mrs Wright, a fantastic teacher."