A HEADTEACHER bid farewell to school life after more than 40 years in the business.
Ian Mackenzie has been in charge of St Martin’s Primary in Fangfoss for more than nine years but stepped down as the school broke up for Christmas.
Known affectionately by the youngsters as ‘Mr Mac’, he has reached the teaching retirement age of 60.
He said: “In the time I’ve been here the school has developed, we’ve gone from three classes to four. The facilities have developed and the extended school philosophy has been endorsed.
“I have enjoyed the challenge and we’ve had some very good Ofsted reports.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here with the kids, the staff and the local families, who have been very supportive, as have the school governors.
“But I feel it’s time to move on. It needs somebody with youth and vitality to help take the school forward. I will miss the daily contact with the children and the staff.”
Born in Sheffield, his career in teaching started at college in Huddersfield, where he met his wife and former Bishop Wilton teacher, Jean Mackenzie.
He eventually headed for Zambia, where he taught primary school children for over 14 years.
After returning to the UK he taught at Tang Hall in York, before landing the headteacher’s job at Sledmere.
It was in 2001 that he left Sledmere to take up the post at St Martin’s.
After his wife also retired earlier last year, they are now looking forward to seeing more of the world and are hoping to spend more time on the golf course. They also have two grandchildren.
However, Mr Mackenzie admits there are no concrete plans in place yet.
He said: “My wife is a bit apprehensive about me being home with her for a protracted length of time!”
He has been replaced by Paul Edwards, who was deputy headteacher at Westfield Primary School in York.