Glendale Middle School head teacher Ruth Bull is retiring after almost 10 years at the helm.
The 58-year-old will finish at the end of term tomorrow (Friday).
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it but I’ve decided to take early retirement so I can go and do a few other things,” she said.
Among them is taking her 90-year-old father on a cruise!
“I originally intended on staying for seven years here and I’ve done nearly 10,” said Ms Bull. “I do think you can stay too long in one place.”
She leaves Glendale in a healthy position with the number of pupils on the increase.
“The biggest challenge has been the budget side of things,” she said. “It’s something I’ve fought hard for because I passionately believe in the importance of rural education - and middle schools - up to the age of 13.”
The new head teacher is Michael Deane-Hall who will take over the reigns of both Glendale Middle and Wooler First School in September. Previous head Debra Currans left Wooler First School at Easter.
Mr Deane-Hall is currently head teacher of a primary school in Northamptonshire.
“It’s a very exciting time for schools in Wooler,” said Ms Bull. “The shared headship will present some excellent opportunities for improved working between the two schools.”