THe headteacher of Boroughbridge Primary is retiring after 19 years in charge of the school.
David Roberts, 55, said while he looked forward to new opportunities he would be sad to leave the children, their families and staff.
“Boroughbridge is such a great place to be in terms of delightful children and supportive families – it’s just such a warm, welcoming place,” he said.
Born in Lancaster, Mr Roberts qualified as a teacher in 1979 and taught in Broomfield Primary School in Northallerton and Stokesley Primary School before he became the headteacher of Sharow Primary School, just outside Ripon, in the late-1980s.
He stayed at Sharow for five years before arriving at Boroughbridge Primary School in 1992.
Paying tribute to the hard work of present and former colleagues, Mr Roberts said: “We work hard not just turning people out who reach their academic potential but people who are rounded citizens who will give something positive back to society in the future.”
Mr Roberts said he has seen Boroughbridge undergo many changes since arriving at the school.
“The town and the community have grown in those 19 years because of the A1M expansion,” he said.
“From being a town on the edge of the A1, I think it has had a renaissance since then and it’s a really lively place with an awful lot to it.”
As the town has grown, Mr Roberts is pleased the school has come to play a central role with the building and grounds put to community use outside of school hours for classes and activities.
He is also proud of the links the school has forged with the other 12 primary schools in the A1 cluster and Boroughbridge High School, as well as national opera companies through involvement with the Aldborough Festival.
During his retirement, Mr Roberts is looking forward to travelling and walking in the countryside with his wife Julia, doing some work on local history where he lives on the edge of the North York Moors, and visiting his two children – Laura, 27, and Toby, 25 – who both live in London.
• The new headteacher of Boroughbridge Primary School from September will be Lindsay Evans, current head of Appleton Wiske Primary School.