PUPILS, parents and staff paid an emotional farewell to a headteacher who has dedicated her life to inspiring children.
Jane Barry has retired from Dane Royd J&I School after 21 years at the top.
In her time Mrs Barry has overseen a project to extend the school building to create modern facilities for the pupils and achieved outstanding Ofsted results.
She said: “When I first started I had one teaching assistant, a secretary and about half-a-dozen teachers. Now I employ 50 people.”
The Stoney Lane school was the first in the district to achieve Beacon status - a government award given to outstanding schools.
Mrs Barry said: “The children are the most important people in the school. What I love about education is giving them experiences they will remember for the rest of their lives.
“I will miss everything about Dane Royd - the children, the staff and the parents - because I love Dane Royd.
“I have said to the parents if you cut me in half, it would probably say Dane Royd, like a stick of rock.”
Clare Kelly, assistant headteacher, said: “Mrs Barry has made an outstanding contribution over 21 years, not just to the Hall Green community, but also to education in Wakefield.
“She has taught in other schools in the district and when she retires on Friday she will have worked for 37 years and 110 days in education in Wakefield.”