Double departure as heads leave and mark new start for Southsea nursery

CHANGE Allison Gale, right, and Children's Centre co-ordinator Susan Collis are retiring. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122453-1)
CHANGE Allison Gale, right, and Children's Centre co-ordinator Susan Collis are retiring. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122453-1)
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TOGETHER they worked hard to make Brambles Nursery School and Children’s Centre the best it could be.

And now, together, the head and the deputy head have left the nursery in Bramble Road, Southsea.

Allison Gale and Susan Collis have retired from the nursery, which looks after children under four.

The nursery and children’s centre is joining with Goldsmith Infant School.

Allison, 59, said: ‘I have been here over 21 years. It’s been an incredibly exciting journey. I have seen the school grow and blossom.

‘It’s a wonderful resource for the whole community.

‘We are pleased to be leaving it in such a strong position. The school is moving on.

‘It’s going to make it even stronger.

‘I’m very sad. I was here a long time. We have seen lots of changes but the time comes when it’s time to move on.

‘It’s time for me to step down and let somebody else take the reins. It’s a whole team working to support families in the community.

‘We have got families coming back now who remember coming here themselves.’

And Allison will devote her retirement to spending time with her family.

‘I shall be spending time with my grandson. That’s my priority now.’

Susan, 61, who was the children’s centre co-ordination, added: ‘I’m sad but I know that this is the right time for the children’s centre and the nursery to move forward.

‘It’s been absolutely fantastic. I always wanted to work here.

‘I got a role that was three afternoons a week and I built up to full-time.

‘It’s just been an absolutely fantastic and interesting journey from simple provision of nursery education to meeting the needs of the whole family, from birth to school age.’

Now Susan and her husband Stuart, who also retired as a teacher last week, are planning to go on a cruise in September.

‘It’s the end of an era,’ she said.

‘Now there’s a new beginning. We know that the school will go from strength to strength.’