Fond farewell to school's leaders

RIPON Grammar School said goodbye to both its head teacher and deputy head at the end of term.

Having clocked up nearly three decades at the school between them, Alan Jones and Jenny Bellamy have retired to pursue very different paths.

Mr Jones is looking forward to spending time on his newly-built motor cruiser on the Norfolk Broads, while Mrs Bellamy is taking time off to spend with her family - and new grandson - before beginning a university degree in contemporary drama.

During the last week of term, the two teachers received dozens of farewell cards and presents, and attended parties with members of the Parents' Association, Mr Jones's fellow head teachers in the Harrogate area and senior management team.

Present and former staff held a leaving, which was accompanied by the school's big band. And during the final school assembly, the new head boy and head girl, Michael Carter and Alex Webb, spoke about the two teachers' work at the school.

Mr Jones, 57, who lives in Burton Leonard, had been headmaster at Ripon Grammar since January 1992.

Mrs Bellamy, who lives in Ilton, near Masham, had taught at the school since 1987. As well as teaching English and serving as deputy head teacher, she also managed both the boarding houses over the last ten years and worked as senior house mistress in the girls' boarding house last year.

She has been involved in amateur drama productions for many years, most recently in Pateley Bridge and with the Kirkby Malzeard Players.