Home time for Sunderland headteacher

GOODBYE, MISS: Headteacher of New Silksworth Infants Gillian Mitchell with some of her pupil admirers as she prepares to stand down for retirement.

GOODBYE, MISS: Headteacher of New Silksworth Infants Gillian Mitchell with some of her pupil admirers as she prepares to stand down for retirement.

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“IT has been a real pleasure and a privilege to work here.”

Those were the words of Gillian Mitchell who has bid a final goodbye to New Silksworth Infants School after 25 years – 15 of them as headteacher.

“It is a wonderful school with wonderful parents and staff,” she said.

“I can’t speak highly enough of it – it has been a very happy time.”

Gillian’s husband Alan retired from his role as Sunderland City Council’s Community Safety Co-ordinator earlier this year and the pair are looking forward to making the most of their new spare time and seeing more of the family.

“I just felt it was time to go,” said 62-year-old Gillian.

“My husband retired in May and this gives us more time to spend with our grandchildren. We have four and another on the way in January.”