Headteacher retires from Cottesmore St Nicholas Primary School

Barbara Crellin who is retiring as headteacher from St Nicholas Primary School, Cottesmore. From left, Barbara Crellin, Rebecca Elson, 11, Lucy Boyd, 10, Eleanor Bland, 11, Cameron Turner, 11, and Lucas Allen, 10
Barbara Crellin who is retiring as headteacher from St Nicholas Primary School, Cottesmore. From left, Barbara Crellin, Rebecca Elson, 11, Lucy Boyd, 10, Eleanor Bland, 11, Cameron Turner, 11, and Lucas Allen, 10
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A LONG serving headteacher retires today, leaving a legacy behind her.

Barbara Crellin, 60, who is headteacher at Cottesmore St Nicholas Primary School joined the staff there in 2001. Before then she was a teacher at Oakham CE Primary School for 16 years.

The school will now share a headteacher with Whissendine Primary School from September. The schools will be headed by Rob Gooding.

Mrs Crellin said “I couldn’t want to leave a better legacy behind.”

A recent diocesan inspection report said: “The headteacher articulates a clear Christian vision for the school, and both she and the governing body have ensured that this vision is at the heart of everything the school does. All pupils are valued and respected and this has a positive impact on relationships within the school and contributes significantly to their learning and other achievements.”

To mark her retirement there will be an end of term assembly today.

Mrs Crellin added: “There have been happy, sad and difficult times. I will miss everyone at the school very much.”

In her retirement Mrs Crellin plans to concentrate on the youth sports work she is already involved with in the county and will continue to run the Rutland Athletics Club.

The chairman of the school governors Deborah Oakes, is also retiring.