SHE’S led the school for the past 12 years but now Kate Utting has decided it’s time to retire.
Mrs Utting is leaving Horndean Junior School to take retirement and she has been inundated with cards, flowers and gifts to thank her for her work over the years.
‘The school is in a very good place,’ she said.
‘It’s a very good school with a good reputation. I feel that it needs someone to come in and give us a new direction and give it some fresh blood.
‘I’ve loved it here. I have incredibly hard-working staff who have made the school what it is.
‘We have well-behaved pupils and very supportive parents. They are all the ingredients of a good school.’
Mrs Utting said it hasn’t yet sunk in that she has retired.
‘I can’t believe it’s happening,’ she said.
‘It’s a strange feeling. It hasn’t hit me yet because everyone is gearing up for the six-week holiday but come September, there will be the realisation that it’s happened.
‘I don’t know where the time has gone. It feels like I’ve just graduated.’
Jackie Price is the deputy headteacher at the school.
She said: ‘Her contribution has been outstanding. It’s been reflected in the parents’ gratitude and many tokens of appreciation that have come to the school.’