Addington primary school head Meg Gibbons set to retire
A LONG-SERVING head teacher is retiring after 15 years of working in an Addington primary school.
Head teacher Meg Gibbons, 59, has decided to retire after devoting much of her working life to the children at Courtwood Primary School in Courtwood Lane.
Mrs Gibbons, who worked in Lewisham and Wandsworth before moving to Courtwood, has described her time at the school as "brilliant, fun and crazy".
She will leave at the end of the summer term to look after her grandchild and voluntarily cultivate the new nature reserve behind the school.
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"It really is the end of an era," said Mrs Gibbons. "It is absolutely exhausting and the paperwork is mountainous so I thought it was the right time to leave.
"The new head is already at the school so the changeover will be as smooth as milk and honey.
"When you are very involved in your work it is so important to know that the school is being left in the most capable hands. I have been truly lucky here, it is such a lovely community and the parents and staff are brilliant. I just love working with children, that's what it has always been about.
"Thankfully, I won't have to miss them as I'll be here working on the new land behind the school when I'm not looking after my grandson.
"Every day here has been crazy, there are so many special memories."
She added: "I have been incredibly fortunate here and I feel immensely proud to have been a part of it"