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Goodbyes for much-loved headteacher

Headteacher of Carleton Green Primary School, Alison Johnstone, is retiring after 14 years.  She is pictured with members of the school council.

Headteacher of Carleton Green Primary School, Alison Johnstone, is retiring after 14 years. She is pictured with members of the school council.

Schoolchildren bid their headteacher a fond farewell after 14 years at the top.

Carleton Green Primary School held a week of celebrations to mark the departure of Alison Johnstone.

Mrs Johnstone, 56, is retiring after 35 years in the teaching profession, 20 of them as a headteacher.

The school’s more than 300 children pulled out all the stops for their head last week.

She said: “We’ve shared lots of happy memories and lots of fun.

“It’s been fantastic. There are probably too many highlights to mention, just working with a brilliant group of staff and the most fantastic children and families.

“It’s the people in the school that have made it.”

Mrs Johnstone planted a tree and buried a time capsule with pupils in the school grounds, off Arundel Drive, Carleton, as a lasting legacy of her time at the school.

The final week of term was an opportunity for Mrs Johnstone, who also taught at schools in Preston, to look back on her years at the school.

She said: “Every day is different. There are challenges but they’re not really challenges when you’re enjoying the job.

“The challenge has been having a school that children want to go to and teachers want to teach at.

“Another challenge was to run a big school, we have 308 children, as a family school, but we know every child by name and all about them and that’s what I’m most proud of.”

Mrs Johnstone is now looking forward travelling in her early retirement.

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