Cheryl retires from Western Primary

Last year, Western Primary School in Harrogate celebrated achieving an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report in which inspectors commented that, “The Headteacher’s resolve to ensure that pupils become ‘lifelong learners forever’ shines through all aspects of school life.” Now Cheryl Smith has decided to say goodbye to the early mornings and late nights at school and spend more time with her husband and do some of the fun things she has had to put on hold for far too long. Retiring will mean a very big adjustment for Cheryl who has lived and breathed Western for the last 16 years. Under Cheryl’s leadership the school has become hugely popular through her focus on providing the very best education for every child within a caring and nurturing environment.

The decision to retire has not been an easy one but Cheryl commented that, “It is going to be very difficult to leave such a fantastic ‘family’ at Western however the time is now right, both for myself personally and for the school, to consider new horizons and have the opportunity to travel.”

As well as leading the school, Cheryl instigated and was a founding member of the Red Kite Learning Trust and has been heavily involved in the development of this new Multi Academy Trust. Cheryl built on the work she had already been doing for many years in the Red Kite Alliance where she had a leadership position as part of the Steering Group. Cheryl’s commitment to working in partnership and her professional generosity has been combined with her everyday presence in Western, taking an interest in every child.

The Chair of the Red Kite Learning Trust, Jim McHugh commented that, “Cheryl has been a truly remarkable headteacher and it has been a privilege to work with her in our Trust; her dedication and expertise has made a positive difference to many, many children.”

The future for the school however is bright. The culture of success that Cheryl has developed over time with the support of her governors and now the Red Kite Learning Trust, is deeply embedded and will support the new Headteacher, when appointed, in continuing to reach new heights.

Cheryl is very positive about the future for Western, “The new Headteacher will be able to look forward to working with a very committed Leadership Team along with dynamic and talented staff who, every day, strive to provide the very best for the wonderful children and families in our Western Community.”