Head says goodbye to ‘best job in the world’

THE headteacher of a Nailsea junior school is retiring after 20 years at the helm.

Bob Bailey, of Grove Junior School, will be putting his feet up at the end of the month, after 38 years in education; 25 spent as a headteacher.

School spokesman Jackie Butterworth said: “Mr Bailey is a very popular and highly respected head in North Somerset.

“He has mentored many new headteachers and, as an associate head, supported schools and headteachers in challenging circumstances.

“He will be greatly missed.”

Mr Bailey, who celebrated his 60th birthday last month, said: “I’ve been very fortunate over the years to work with wonderful children, great staff and supportive governors and parents.

“It is the best job in the world.

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“Whereas I shall miss everybody, I am looking forward to a wealth of exciting opportunities during my retirement.”

The Whiteoak Way school is inviting former pupils to get in touch and a Facebook account has been set up called Bob Grove Bailey.

Comments and photos from parents and pupils can be posted and messages can be left on the school website www.grovejuniorschool.co.uk

Special events are planned by staff and pupils for his final few weeks at the school.

On March 1, Grove Junior and Hannah More Infant Schools became federated.

The schools will have one governing body and appoint an executive headteacher taking responsibility for both schools as from April 1.