A DEDICATED teacher who led staff and pupils at one of Sunderland’s first academies has sad a fond farewell after retiring.
Patricia Bateley has decided to step down from her role as headteacher of Pennywell’s Academy 360
Mrs Bateley, who has spent 40 years working in the local community, left yesterday after beginning her teaching career in 1971.
Her first job was at Murton County Infant School and from there she went on to work in Seaham, Eppleton and Barnes before being appointed headteacher at Esh Winning.
Mrs Bateley said: “Education has been a very satisfying and important part of my life.
“I consider myself to have been very privileged to have been influential in moulding the lives of so many students and in developing the careers of many staff members.
“I really have loved my career and have admired the students, their families, and of course, the devoted staff who have supported me throughout the years.”
Her second headship began in 2004 at Quarry View Primary School, which would eventually integrate into Academy 360 in 2008, where she took on the role of executive strategic director.
Academy 360 chief executive Paul Prest said: “Tricia has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a well-respected teacher, then headteacher, and finally as a member of the leadership team here at Academy 360.
“Her deep experience of education in Sunderland and County Durham has been a big asset for the academy.
“Tricia will be greatly missed by staff and students and we all wish her a long and happy retirement.”
Mrs Bateley has said she is now looking forward to taking some extended holidays with her husband Tom.
Academy 360 was launched in 2008 as a £20million project to replace Pennywell and Quarry View schools.