A UTTOXETER head teacher is swapping the classroom for a little relaxation as he announces his retirement.
Chris James has revealed he will be leaving his position as head teacher of Windsor Park Middle School, in Springfield Road, at the end of the summer term.
It will be his last academic year after 21 years at the school as he retires from the teaching profession to fulfil some of his life goals.
Mr James, who has been teaching for 40 years, said: “With the pace and times changing in education I have been thinking for some time that it is time to hand over the reins, so to speak, and take my retirement.
“My career has blossomed and I have been fortunate to experience working with some fantastic staff and pupils in my time here at Windsor Park.
“I would now like to enter the next phase of my life and fulfil some personal goals and lifelong ambitions and, of course, relax a little.
“I would like a bit of me time, where I can choose what I would like to do and enjoy myself, do some travelling. I don’t anticipate retiring completely, I would like to try a different job to try my hand at something new.”
However, before he puts down his chalk for the final time, Mr James has thanked his colleagues and praised the school where he will be ending his teaching career.
He added: “I will miss the children the most as they are very special and it is what the job is all about. I cannot single one particular moment out over the 20 years but there have been things that have been good and heart-wrenching.
“I have really enjoyed working with the different children and watching them blossom.
“Windsor Park to me encompasses a great sense of community spirit, a safe place for learners, a dedicated team of staff and a great place to work and end my educational career.
“Many thanks to all of the community who have supported me in my role as head teacher along with staff, parents and governors.”