Musical send-off for Leeds headteacher

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Little singing stars at a Leeds nursery have professionally recorded a CD in tribute to their retiring headteacher.

Anne Pickering is leaving at Rose Court, the nursery and pre-prep at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) this summer after 25 years at the helm.

Music send-off: Rose Court pupils record a CD for their retiring headteacher Anne Pickering.

Music send-off: Rose Court pupils record a CD for their retiring headteacher Anne Pickering.

The popular teacher will be given a lasting musical legacy as a leaving present thanks to the nursery’s young voices and the hard work of music teacher Chris Turner, who also plays piano on the CD.

Mrs Turner said: “The title of the CD will be Time for a song - because Anne has always been so incredibly supportive of music and in Rose Court there has always been ‘time for a song’.”

Miss Pickering said: “It’s a great honour and there’s nothing I would rather be associated with than music. I’ve always loved music since I was at school and always promoted music in each school where I’ve worked. A musical school is a good school - children can develop a love of music that stays with them for life.”

Anne Pickering’s successor as headteacher of Rose Court will be the current deputy head, Jo Hall.

Mike Gibbons, GSAL’s principal, said: “Anne has been an outstanding head teacher, who is very loved and respected by pupils, parents and staff. Many of our senior pupils started their school career with Anne at Rose Court and think of her with great affection. She has given exemplary service to Rose Court and to the world of education throughout her distinguished career.

“We are sorry to see her go and are full of gratitude, and wish her a long and happy retirement.”

PIC: Tony Johnson

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