A popular headteacher has retired after nine years at the helm of Briercliffe Primary School.
Mrs Karen Jackson, who started her career as a chemistry teacher at Shadsworth High School in Blackburn, will now spend more time with her family and continue her love of running.
The 56-year-old, who has run 12 London Marathons, has now set her sights on running the New York Marathon.
She said: “I have decided to take early retirement, but I will miss the profession a lot. I worked at several primary schools but when I arrived at Briercliffe I felt happy to stay. My husband Paul retired recently and we now plan to do lots of things we haven’t had the time for before.
“We both enjoy diving and I have always wanted to run in the New York Marathon.
“I will miss the school community here at Briercliffe – I have made lots of friends.”
Mrs Jackson, who grew up in Great Harwood, said the teaching profession had undergone many changes.
She added: “The changes have been vast, although they tend to be cyclical.
“I think there is more flexibility now than a few years ago, but I also believe people have to be careful when comparing schools. Individuals are different, and quality control is not as easy in education.”
Mrs Jackson will be replaced by Mr Rob Blanchet who will take over at Easter.
POPULAR HEAD: Karen Jackson retires as Headteacher at Briercliffe Primary, she is pictured with pupils Harvey Dickenson (10) and Harry Sharples (10)