Farewell to a popular head

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HEAD TEACHER Susan Garbutt from St John’s Academy, Clifton, is retiring after 15 years at the school.

Mrs Garbutt, who lives in Halifax, is taking early retirement after teaching throughout the Calderdale area, including Brighouse High, Siddal Primary and St Michael and All Angels, Shelf, over the past 34 years.

Having a strong connection of the area, she says what she is going to miss the most is helping children develop.

“Teaching has been very rewarding and has played a major part of my life. I have loved it and everything it has given me,” she said.

“I have been part of some wonderful staff teams. I am going to miss being part of a team and working together for the children and develop them the best they can.”

The 56-year-old has always had a close connection with the area. Being born in Halifax, she lived with her family in Southowram and attended Brighouse Girls Grammar School.

She came to Clifton in 1997 and since then, she has overseen the development at the school including it becoming an academy in 2011.

“I have taught over 700 children during my time and it is very heart lifting.

“They have now grown up and I have gone on to teach their children.

“I would like to thank everyone connected at the school and I am very proud what the school and children have achieved.”

As a keen sportswoman, Mrs Garbutt is hoping to spend some time on the tennis courts and has been taking golfing lessons at Lightcliffe Golf Club.