Nursery headteacher Pauline retires

Headteacher at Ightenhill Nursery, Pauline Robinson, on her last day before retirement.
Headteacher at Ightenhill Nursery, Pauline Robinson, on her last day before retirement.

A popular and respected head of a successful Burnley nursery has retired after 25 years in the role.

Miss Pauline Robinson said a tearful goodbye to the children, staff and parents at Ightenhill Nursery school in Lionel Street, and to a career spanning 34 years.

I’m retiring a little early but I think the time is right to take a break

Pauline Robinson

Miss Robinson (56) has guided the nursery into one of the best for miles around and said she was proud to be leaving after two “Outstanding” Ofsted inspections.

She said: “I leave with so many happy memories of my time here. I will particularly miss the staff, many of whom I have worked with for lots of years. They have become friends as well as colleagues.

“I will obviously also miss the children, parents and governors. I’m retiring a little early but I think the time is right to take a break.

“I am leaving to spend more of my time doing the things I enjoy – travelling, horse riding, time with family, and most of all to learn something new myself – it could be ski-ing or sewing, who knows!”

The mother-of-two, who lives in Accrington, also reflected on the changes in early years education over her career, which she said was largely positive.

“In the past 25 years there have been lots of changes in early years teaching, and the spotlight is rightly on these vital years of a child’s life.

“One of the key changes has been financial – heads now manage their own budget, which is a lot bigger than it used to be.

“Ightenhill has been a great place to work and the parents, staff, governors and, of course, the children have been wonderful.”

Miss Robinson, who also taught at Springhill Nursery School and St Mary’s RC Primary, Bacup, will be replaced by new headteacher Nicola Daniels-Green in January.