Hucknall headteacher retires after 39 years in education

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A Hucknall headteacher will be leaving the kids and classroom behind and heading off on his travels when he retires at the end of term.

After 39 years in education, the last 18 years as head of Leen Mills Primary, John White will be leaving behind a much bigger and popular school.

“There were just 134 children when I first came to Leen Mills - next year there will be 374,” said Mr White who originates from Northumberland but has spent his entire career in Nottinghamshire.

“I have enjoyed seeing it grow alongside the confidence of the parents in the school.

“There has been a myriad of changes over the years with the curriculum, Ofsted and how progress is measured which has been very challenging at times.

“But the greatest satisfaction I get is when pupils come back and tell me how well they are doing.

“It has been a privilege and honour to serve the community,” added Mr White, whose hobbies include motorbiking and photography and plans to travel to the USA, especially Graceland in the year ahead.

“Leen Mills is a happy and successful school and that is down to John’s leadership and the teamwork he has encouraged - not by accident,” said deputy head Mandy James. “He has always had the children at the heart of everything he does.”

The new headteacher from September will be Russell Tew from Annie Holgate Infants’ School.