Pupils say goodbye to Portsmouth headteacher

LAST DAY Headteacher Louise Linscott with Year 5 pupils as she retires'''Picture: Sarah Standing (141028-3075)
LAST DAY Headteacher Louise Linscott with Year 5 pupils as she retires'''Picture: Sarah Standing (141028-3075)
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SHE’S been leading the school for the past 14 years, so it was only right that the children of Meon Juniors gave their headteacher a good send-off.

Every year group at the Southsea school paid their own special tribute to Louise Linscott, who has decided to take retirement.

There was music, poetry and a drama performance as children thanked Mrs Linscott for her time at the school. They then went out to the playground and spelled out Goodbye, Good Luck.

She said: ‘It’s been a lovely day full of memories, joy, happiness tinged with a lot of sadness at leaving.

‘I’ve had a wonderful time at Meon. When I first came there was a lot of work to do so I found that the challenges were always there.

‘But I quickly had the support of my staff, parents and governors, and together we did a successful job which was very rewarding.’

Mrs Linscott was presented with a bouquet of flowers, a photobook of her time at the school and a bench with a plaque reading: ‘Happy Retirement! We will miss you from the staff, pupils and governors at Meon Junior School.’

Steve Bayliss is the deputy head at the school and has been there for 22 years. He said he has noticed huge changes since Mrs Linscott has been at the school.

‘She’s had an incredible impact,’ he said. ‘She’s made a tremendous difference. It wouldn’t be the school it is today without her.

‘The transformation both in academic achievement and the fabric of the school has been amazing.

‘It’s a sad day for the school but we wish her every happiness in the future.’

Mrs Linscott will be doing some interim education work for the council and will do some charity work. She is also getting married in July.

Christine Turner will take over as headteacher from next term.