When the Suffolk Free Press interviewed new Hillside Special School headteacher Sue Upson in 2005, she claimed she had taken the ‘best job in the world’.
And she was still claiming that last week when she retired after 11 years.
She said, of the Hitchcock Place school, in Sudbury: “The children at Hillside are amazing and I am very proud of them all.
“I couldn’t have wished for a more dedicated team of staff and really supportive governors and parents.”
She said she has been proud that children are making very good progress and are happy and parents are complimentary about the school.
Hillside has been judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in three successive inspections in 2006, 2009 and 2014.
Sue said: “After an enormous amount of fundraising and with the support of The Friends of Hillside and The Do it for Dan Appeal run by the Suffolk Free Press we have been able to build a new hydrotherapy pool. We’ve just completed the refurbishment of the main playground and created a new sensory interactive garden. The development of the nursery outside play area is our next project! We always want to improve in everything we do and we’ve never allowed the school to stand still.”
Sue said she is looking to take up cycling in retirement and indulge in every teacher’s most desired activity - a term time holiday.
Hillside deputy headteacher, Gail Baxter, said: “The school has gone from strength to strength under Sue’s calm but passionate leadership.
“We will all miss her greatly but we will continue to work to ensure that the school continues to move forwards.”