THERE were tears before home time as a headteacher made an emotional farewell to her school.
Hannah Mulholland retired at the end of term after a 37-year career, the final eight of which were spent as headteacher at Castle Hill Primary School, Halifax Road, Todmorden.
Hannah said: “We have had a successful Ofsted and I decided it was the right time to go and let someone else take over.
“I think after 37 years it was time.
“I will miss everything about it - not the paperwork and the target setting - but I will miss the staff and children an awful lot.”
Hannah started her teaching career in Battersea. Originally from Yorkshire, she met her husband while at college down south and decided to stay there.
She moved to Guildford and became a headteacher in 1996.
“I was head there for five years, then I had two years working for the local authority as an executive head, supporting schools who didn’t have a headteacher or had issues that needed to be sorted out,” she said.
Nine years ago, she returned to her roots and shortly afterwards took up the position at Castle Hill School.
“The best day was the day that I was appointed here,” she said.
“It’s been wonderful to work in a real family school.
“I’m really happy with all that we have achieved here. Everybody has worked together and we have such lovely children.”
During her time as headteacher, the school has received numerous awards including several for the quality of food served at lunchtime and its healthy eating ethos.
“The school has a lot to be proud of,” she said.
Hannah has passed on the reins to her deputy headteacher, Janet Leggett, who will take charge after the Easter holiday.
“I’m confident the school is in very good hands,” Hannah said.
Colleagues, family and friends attended a retirement party at Todmorden Cricket Club.
It featured a special performance by a group of Calderdale headteachers who play in a band.
Looking ahead to her retirement, Hannah plans to spend time developing her photography skills as she is a keen amateur snapper.
“My husband Neil bought me a camera for Christmas and I have booked onto a photography course,” she said.
She also plans to go on walks with her dog, Daisy the Doberman, spend time with her family and do more gardening.
“There’s lots to look forward to,” she said.