HEADTEACHER Mike Bainbridge bids an emotional farewell to Titchfield Primary School this year.
Having been with the school for nine years, he is heading overseas to take over the role as head of the British International School in the city of Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia.
A motto that seems to permeate my time as a teacher is “anything is possible.”Mike Bainbridge
Under his time at the school Mr Bainbridge oversaw the growth of the school’s Parent and Teacher Association group as well as the Friends of Titchfield School which has raised more than £70,000 across seven years.
Mr Bainbridge, 49, said: ‘I will hugely miss the school.
‘It does feel a bit surreal but I’ve always believed that you’ve got to follow your dreams and I’ve always wanted to work abroad and in my time, personal life and career if I don’t do it now then the clock is ticking.
‘It’s an exciting opportunity and I’ll look back with pride and great nostalgia on what I’ve done here.’
When Mr Bainbridge took over as headteacher there were about 150 pupils. That number has increased to more than 200.
Mr Bainbridge added: ‘The school is now well on the map with last year alone seeing the school secure £500,000 in funding to enable the construction of two purpose-built classrooms.
‘Once again this improves the experience for both pupils and teachers of the school alike.’
The school says its recent Sats results look promising and the latest Ofsted report indicates a good rating.
Mr Bainbridge added that the school has become more involved with groups in the area and is ‘the heart of the community’.
As part of this, the school raises money for charity with students in Year 5 holding a fundraiser recently to donate £400 for the earthquake in Nepal.
Mr Bainbridge said: ‘When I taught at Stainton Primary School in the Lake District I tried to maintain an ethos where students can become anything they want to be.’
He added: ‘This is something I took to Titchfield too and it is great the children believe that too.’