Dec 19 2013 by Georgina Stubbs, Ormskirk Advertiser
A HEADTEACHER is getting ready to end her illustrious career at the school where it all began.
Jean Morris, of Banks Methodist Primary School, will retire at the end of this term, on December 20, after fulfilling 16 years of headteacher duties.
Beginning her career at the school in 1976, Jean took time out to bring up her children before they started school.
On returning to teaching, she worked at schools across Liverpool, Sefton and Lancashire. Then, in 1995, she returned to Banks Methodist as a teacher in the infant room.
In 1998 Jean came to the helm of the school – a position she has held since.
Jean told the Advertiser that she has mixed feelings about her imminent retirement.
She added: “I am very excited that I can go on holiday during term time and spend time with my grandchildren and see their nativities and sports day.
“Obviously I have been here a long time and I am going to miss all the staff, children and daily routine.
“My last day is going to be emotional and it will be hard. At the moment everything is the last one or last time I am doing something.
“I would never have done anything different.
“People say you are born to do something and teaching was always something I wanted to do. I have no regrets whatsoever.
“But I am looking forward to retiring; you know when you are ready and I am ready.
“I do want to say a big thank you to all the children and staff over the years, and not forgetting the wider community and the chapel next door.
“Without their help and support my job would have been impossible, they have all been fantastic. The chair of governors, Brian Almond, has also been a rock in my time as head teacher.
“But behind every good woman there is a good man, who is my husband Eric.
“He is a retired head and without him too a lot of things will not have been done. I cannot forget my daughter and two sons as well.”
Chair of governors ,Brian Almond, added: “When Jean took over, we did not have the kind of achievements that we have now.
“She has been the main character and driving force – the things she has achieved at the school, like perfect Ofsted reports, she has really done well.
“Undoubtedly there will be a new headteacher to encourage and inspire, but not another Jean Morris to lead the school. She will be greatly missed.”